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.

How to perform System Restore in Windows XP

We have seen how to create a system restore point in the previous article. Now lets see how to perform a system restore. You have to open the system restore utility by following these steps:

  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Go to Programs > Accessories > System Tools
  3. Click on System Restore

You have to select ‘Restore my computer to an earlier time‘. And click next.

You will be asked to select restore point. You can see a calender on the left and the corresponding restore points on the right. The date which has a restore point will be displayed in bold.

So click on the date and the list of restore points will pop up on the right hand side. Select your preferred restore point and hit next. A confirmation screen will appear.

You have to click on next and the system restore will proceed.

Note that, your computer might restart once or several times during this process. Once the computer reboots, you will get a message whether the system restore was successful or not.

How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows XP

A restore point contains the information about a particular system state. So in case if anything goes wrong with your computer you can always perform a system restore to get back to a working system state.

Whenever you install applications on your computer, A restore point is automatically created. But some applications do not create a restore point on their own. So it is always better to manually create a restore point.

How to create a System Restore Point?

  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Go to Programs > Accessories > System Tools
  3. Click on System Restore

A wizard will begin. You will be given two options.

  1. Restore your computer to an earlier time
  2. Create a restore point

Click on Create a restore point. A screen will appear which will ask you to enter a description for your restore point. Enter a proper description like date and time, It will help you when you are about to perform a system restore.

Then after click Next. And it will take a while to create a restore point. Once its done you will get a screen as show below.

Click here to see how to perform a system restore in Windows XP

How to Backup / Restore Registry

If you are not a geek, then first of all let me start with What is Registry in Windows. Registry is simply a database of all the system configurations and settings. It stores the information of everything on your computer in a hierarchical manner.

Why to Backup Registry?

When you install new applications or perform any operations on your operating system then all these changes take place inside the Windows Registry. Also you need to modify Windows Registry for tweaking your Computer.

So if at any chance you mess up with the Windows Registry, it can cause serious problems. And to be on a safer side you should always backup the Windows Registry before messing up with it.

On Codefap.com you will find many Windows hacks and tweaks which will suggest you to modify your Windows Registry. And it is very important to have a Backup of Windows Registry.

So in case anything goes wrong, you can just restore the Backup. So now lets see how to backup Registry.

#1 Open Registry Editor

In Windows XP:

  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Go in Run
  3. Type regedit
  4. Hit enter

In Windows 7:

  1. Open Start Menu
  2. Type regedit
  3. Hit Enter.

In Windows 8:

  1. Open Start Page
  2. Type regedit
  3. Hit Enter.

#2 Exporting the Registry

  1. Click on File
  2. Click on Export
  3. Save this file somewhere on your Computer.

That’s it your entire Registry has been saved. That means a backup is created. Now the question is how to restore the backup?

How to Restore the Backup?

To restore, you can just double click on the saved file and click Ok. And your backup will be restored.

How to add Hibernate in Windows 8

The hibernate option is not available directly in Windows 8. You have to activate it. You can do so by following the steps given in this post.

First of all lets see how the power options look like without Hibernate activated.

So how to add hibernate option?

Go in search and type ‘Power Options‘.

And click on Settings. Once you do that you will get the results as shown below.

Click on Change what the power buttons do. Then after you will get a screen as shown below.

  • You can see the hibernate option is inactive and you cannot access it.
  • Click on Change settings that are currently available.
  • And you will get access to check the Hibernate option.
  • And then Click/Check the Hibernate option.
  • And click Save Changes.

And you will get Hibernate option in the power options as shown below.

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