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What is "Start screen as Launchpad" feature?

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  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Home Edition

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What is Start screen as Launchpad feature?

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Start screen as Launchpad feature is available for Windows 8(.1) virtual machines in Coherence mode. In Coherence mode, the Windows 8(.1) Start icon appears in the Dock:

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Click it, and the Windows 8(.1) Start screen appears and acts like OS X's Launch Pad, with the Windows 8 tiles appearing over a blurred OS X desktop.

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How to enable "Start screen as Launchpad" feature?

If this feature is not enabled after Parallels Desktop 10 installation, please do the following:

  1. Switch virtual machine to Coherence mode: In Parallels Desktop menu bar go to View > Enter Coherence

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  2. Open Start menu by clicking Start icon in the Dock.
  3. Open Charms bar and go to Settings:

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  4. Choose Personalize and select the last (gray) rectangle to set wallpaper:

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