How to customize the startup color of Windows 10 Store apps

You can further customize your app experience by personalizing their startup color on Windows 10. Here's how.
Alongside the slew of new features and changes, Windows 10 brings a new version of apps that work across devices and adapt to any screen size. The operating system comes bundled with some of these apps, including Photos, Alarms, Calculator, Xbox, Microsoft Edge and many others. Of course, you can get more from the Store, which is the one-stop-shop to get thousands of additional apps.
While each app is different, most of them include a settings page to customize various options. However, the one thing that every app has in common is that they don't offer an option to change the splash screen color you see every time you launch the app.
You'll notice that some apps will take the color accent from your current theme, and some other apps display their signature colors like the Xbox app with its green color and Microsoft Edge with its characteristic blue color.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to change the splash screen color for various Windows 10 Store apps by adding some tweaks to the registry.
  1. Click and hold the slider knob next to Render Distance and move it to the far left of the slider. Left is low, right is high.
    Click and hold the slider knob and move it down the slider.

Lower anti-aliasing

Anti-aliasing attempts to smooth out jagged lines in a game. It will also, at a high level, slow down your PC.
There are four notches on the anti-aliasing slider: 2X, 4X, 8X, and 16X. Start with the lowest and work your way up to see what works with your PC.
  1. Click and hold the slider knob next to Anti-Aliasing and move it to the far left of the slider. Far left is 2X, far right is 16X.
    Click and hold the slider knob and move it to the far left.

Turn off texel anti-aliasing

Texel anti-aliasing is another form of anti-aliasing that deals with textures on a pixel level.
  1. Click the button next to Texel Anti-Aliasing to turn it off.
    Click the button to turn off texel anti-aliasing.

Lower particle render distance

Particles appear often in your game, like anytime there is an explosion, you walk on sand, or it rains. Start at the lowest distance and work your way up to see what works best with your PC.
  1. Click and hold the slider knob next to Particle Render Distance and move it to the far left of the slider. Left is low, right is high.
    Click and hold the slider knob and move it to the far left.

Lower your field of view

Field of view (FOV) is the number of blocks you can see at once on your screen. A higher FOV means your PC has to render more blocks per frame. Start with a low FOV and work your way up to see what your PC can handle.
  1. Click and hold the slider knob next to FOV and move it to the far left of the slider. Left is lower FOV, right is higher FOV.
    Click and hold the slider knob and move it to the left of the slider.

Turn off fancy graphics

As the name suggests, fancy graphics make your game look better and make your PC work harder.
  1. Click the button next to Fancy Graphics to turn it off.
    Click the button to turn off fancy graphics.

Turn off beautiful skies

Beautiful skies are nice to look at, but will slow down your PC.
  1. Click the button next to Beautiful Skies to turn it off.
    Click the button to turn off beautiful skies.

Turn off fancy leaves

Fancy leaves let you see through leaf blocks hanging off trees. They're unnecessary, and turning it off will help your PC.
  1. Click the button next to Fancy Leaves to turn it off.
    Click the button to turn off fancy leaves.

Three tips for a smooth Minecraft experience

Tweaking graphics settings might only go so far helping your PC run Minecraft. Here are a few other things you can try to help your PC keep up.

Close other apps running in the background

Listening to music while you play Minecraft is enjoyable, but streaming through a web browser can slow things down. Likewise, having other apps open while you play will hog valuable resources that could be put toward Minecraft. Close any unnecessary apps before starting your play session and see if performance doesn't ramp up.

Change your power plan

Windows 10 has some built-in power options that help balance your PC against energy use and performance. Here's how to change your power plan to maximum performance:
  1. Click the Search Windows field next to the Start button.
  2. Type power options.
  3. Click Power Options.
    Type power options. Click Power Options.
  4. Click the drop-down arrow next to Show additional plans.
  5. Click High performance.
    Click the drop-down arrow next to Show additional plans. Click High performance.

Update your graphics card drivers

Using an outdated driver for your graphics card might cause some problems with Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.
NVIDIA users:
  1. Navigate to the NVIDIA driver support page in your favorite web browser.
  2. Click Graphics Drivers in the Automatic detection row to allow NVIDIA to scan your computer and offer you the latest GPU driver.
    Navigate to the NVIDIA driver support page. Click Graphics Drivers.
AMD users:
  1. Navigate to the AMD driver support page in your favorite web browser.
  2. Click Download Now beneath Automatically Detect and Install Your Driver to allow AMD to scan your computer and offer you the latest GPU driver. You might have to scroll down a bit.
    Navigate to the AMD driver support page. Click Download Now.

Your Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta experience

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