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This program is meant to create tiles to the Windows 8/8.1 start screen.

I created it in using SharpDevelop, it works for all programs/folder/files/websites.

The program will store the image files inside the folder "C:\Program Files\OblyTile" and create the Shortcut .LNK file inside the StartMenu folder.

If you want to remove a Tile, right click it on the start screen/menu and select "Remove From Start" or select a tile on the OblyTile Created Tile list and press the recycle bin button located on bottom right of OblyTile.

OblyTile has support for command line, you can check the list of available commands by running OblyTile with the "/?" as argument.

To remove OblyTile and revert to default windows settings you have to run OblyTile as administrator and click the Remove button located in the settings menu [Click the Wrench icon on top of OblyTile to access the settings menu]

Note: Do not expect a Windows 10 version anytime soon. Why?

Old Versions:
OblyTile v0.5 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.7/0.7.1 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.8 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.8.2 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.8.6 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.8.8 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9.1 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9.5 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9.7 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9.8 (ChangeLog)

Latest Version:
OblyTile v0.9.9

  • [Win 8.1] Added ability to pin the Tiles at different Sizes when created/edited. [Via UI or Command Line Arguments]
  • [Win 8.1] OblyTile will now export and import tiles in correct order and size. [No groups]
  • Added "Desktop" in the QuickList.
  • New tiles will be shown with proper name and icon on Classic Shell. [32px icon only]
  • Enhanced the OblyTile "Remove" function. [You can find it in the Settings menu]
  • Tile exporter will create a new backup folder just in case you want to keep old backups.
  • Possible fix for the Browser/Home keyboard button not opening the correct web browser.
  • Possible fix for the loop issue that causes OblyTile to open itself multiple times. (Thanks to Steel Froggy)
  • Fixed issue with the tile preview showing double borders.
  • Fixed issue with the Windows Store Apps list not being able to create desktop/taskbar shortcuts for certain apps.
  • Fixed other minor stuffs.
  • Small changes to the UI. [Dpi, Transitions, Context Menu]
Known Issues:
  • Make a backup of your tiles before upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, you might lose your custom tiles during the process of upgrade. (Thanks to LLJKRevol)
  • Tiles which contain accented letters in the tile name can be edited only by OblyTile v0.9.8 and above.
  • In order to launch the Immersive mode of your web browser by using a tile made with OblyTile, be sure to close the desktop version of it.
  • If the Browser/Home button doesn't work properly, open OblyTile and press the second button on top of OblyTile. (Rebuild cache)
  • If the tiles are not showed properly (a normal icon is showed) open OblyTile and press the second button on top of OblyTile. (Rebuild cache)
  • If the tiles are visible only on the "App" side of the start screen (Windows 8.1) open OblyTile and press the second button on top of OblyTile. (Rebuild cache)
  • Changing web browser will show multiple entry of Internet Explorer, Use "Set Default Programs" in Control Panel to change your default web browser and then press the Rebuild Cache button on OblyTile.
  • If "Rebuild cache" does not work, try >> this <<
  • In case of the error Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey.ValidateKeyName or similar, try >> this <<
  • If the tile will not react when you click it (the program or file will not be opened) follow those steps VBScript - Fix
  • OblyTile does not work on some WinPE/WimBoot installations
Tested on:
Windows 8.1 Professional Build 9600 - 32/64 Bit
Windows 8.1 Core Build 9600 - 64 Bit (Thanks to Timo)
Windows 8 Professional Build 9200 - 32/64 Bit
Windows 8 Enterprise Build 9200 - 32/64 Bit
Microsoft Surface RT 32GB /w Jailbreak (Thanks to netham45)

Use this program at your own risk.

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OblyTile v0.9.9.exe

OblyTile v0.9.9.exe

OblyTile v0.9.9.exe

OblyTile v0.9.9.exe

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22nd September 2012, 09:51 PM |#2  
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Good work. When I go on Windows 8 I will try this program
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23rd September 2012, 10:24 AM |#3  
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As I said in my topic, I think I love you :P It just works! Fantastic!

BTW, is there any way to display the application name in the tile?

(O.T. : fun fact, the three of us who actually posted in this topic are actually italian :P)
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23rd September 2012, 10:37 AM |#4  
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I'm glad you like the app

About the application name on the main tile, for the moment the only way is to add it directly on the image (png), ill try to fix this problem on a new version.
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23rd September 2012, 03:03 PM |#5  
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Argony-OT i love you too!!!!
i searh a progam like this since the beginning of Windows 8!!
23rd September 2012, 08:43 PM |#6  
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Hi, I've posted some screenshot of the evolution of my start page using OblyTile HERE, feel free to have a look if you'd like

Also, I've done a model for GIMP for creating tiles (including the right dimension of the image and the correct font and size of it) and a ZIP archives with the tiles i've created.

Some of them comes from a FANTASTIC metro UI tiles set that Devianart user ~dAKirby309 created. You can find the whole set HERE, check it out! The other ones are made by images of the games and the applications I own, searching 'em on Google Images.

Hope this helps the community!
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2nd October 2012, 05:43 PM |#7  
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Many thanks for the update, going to try it now.

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2nd October 2012, 06:53 PM |#8  
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Red face OblyTile 0.7.1
Works fine now on Microsoft Partner full retail copy of Win 8 Pro 64 bit, many thanks for the quick response, I'm looking forward to your further development of this app, it's just what we need!
2nd October 2012, 08:40 PM |#9  
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Background Tile Color
The four current options that are available, how is that programmed? is it possible to have a see through option? so that we can have a .png with no background and it will use the color of the start menu to fill in the tile? or does that not work? Otherwise could you add the colors of the backgrounds of the Start screen? here are the hex colors on a nice site.
there is no grey on that site but it would be amazing if it was also included.

PS since there is so many how bout a nice drop down?
3rd October 2012, 11:52 AM |#10  
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I really like your program and the effort you poured into it! As this was the windows 8 feature I missed most I'm happily recommending your program to all people using Windows 8 I know. As for custom tile designs... I hope kind of a "repository" for tile designs gets started in this thread, too. I already started creating some tile designs (mostly for old games like Diablo 2, Civilization 3, etc.), although they're only using artworks and wallpapers. I'm going for Modern Style-Icons though =)
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