Change number of rows of tiles in Windows 8

In Windows 8, you can change number of rows of tiles displayed on the Metro UI Start Page. But this option is only supported with higher resolutions.

In this post we will learn how to change the number of rows of tiles in lower resolutions as well as higher resolutions.

For Higher Resolutions

You can simply show the setting pane in the Start Screen (Win+C, select Settings) and then go under Tiles. The option is there. If the option is not there, then your resolution isn’t large enough to have more rows. If your resolution is lower, you can check out the method given below.

For Lower Resolutions

In lower resolutions, Windows 8 will automatically decide the number of rows of tiles to fit your screen. However if you really want to make a change to the default number of rows then this post can help you out. We will use registry editor (regedit) to perform this trick.

Note that you should backup Windows Registry before editing it. Or you should create a system restore point. You can see we have 4 rows of tiles as shown in the screen below.

#1 Open Registry Editor

  1. Open Start Page by pressing Windows Key
  2. Type in regedit and hit enter.

#2 Navigate to Grid

Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionImmersiveShellGrid

#3 Find Layout_MaximumRowCount

Once you are inside Grid key. Find Layout_MaximumRowCount value in the right pane. If you find it go to step 5.

If you don’t find Layout_MaximumRowCount on the right hand side. Then you will have to create one. Check step 4.

#4 Create Layout_MaximumRowCount value

In the registry editor, Go in Edit > Click on New > Select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

A DWORD value will be created in the right pane as shown below.

Rename it to “Layout_MaximumRowCount” without the quotes.

Double click on it to edit the Layout_MaximumRowCount value. And you will get a screen as shown below. Currently i have 4 rows of tiles. And i will be changing those into 3 rows of tiles. So i will enter 3 inside value data field. And click Ok.

#5 Reboot And Check Start Page

Then just exit registry editor. And reboot the computer. After a reboot my start page has 3 rows of tiles as shown below.

Note that it might not work in Windows RT. But it does work on my Windows 8 Pro. If you tried it, feel free to share your experience in the comments below. Thanks.

Performing System Restore in Windows 7

If anything goes wrong with your computer or with an application on your computer then system restore can help you out. In the previous article i wrote about how to create a restore point in Windows 7. Now lets see how to perform a system restore !

  1. Open start menu
  2. Type system restore and hit enter. Or just type rstrui and hit enter.
  3. The wizard will begin and will ask you to choose a restore point.
  4. You can either choose the recommended restore point or select manually.
  5. Once do that just click next.
  6. It will ask you to confirm your selection.
  7. Click next. And the restore process will begin.
  8. Your computer will restart once or several times during the restoration.
  9. Once its done. It will display whether the restoration was successful or not.

If the restoration fails, you can try it again with a different restore point.

I would recommend you to start the system restore in windows safe mode. In safe mode you have a better chance of successful restoration. To go in safe mode, just keep hitting F8 on your keyboard during the system boot.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Thanks.

How to create a Restore point in Windows 7

Previously i wrote about how to create a restore point in Windows XP. In this post i will talk about creating a restore point in Windows 7. So lets begin !

  1. Right click on My Computer > Click on Properties.
  2. This will open up System Window of Control Panel.
  3. From the top left menu, Click on System Protection.

This will open up System Protection tab inside System Properties as shown below.

  1. Click on Create
  2. You will be asked to enter a name for the restore point. Enter a proper name. And click create.
  3. Then the system will create a restore point and you will get a message the the restore point was successfully created.