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Windows 8 Start Menu Disappeared Items

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Win 8

    Windows 8 Start Menu Disappeared Items


    When I logged in my windows 8 I was surprised when I found that most of the tiles that were in my start menu disappeared even the desktop tile and the store tile.

    I found an article that suggests creating the apps shortcuts and pasting them in this folder

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    but when I opened this folder I was surprised again to find all my tiles shortcuts there
    Nothing is missing at all even the desktop shortcut and store shortcut are there
    So, what is wrong?

    Why don't these apps show up in the start menu?
    I don't remember doing any thing the last time I used my laptop except uninstalling and reinstalling Visual Basic 6

    Note: after some research I found a reference to this path
    C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts
    when I'm pasting my shortcuts there they are appearing in Start Screen

    and I also noticed that when I install any new application it is not added to the start screen automatically as usual
    what's wrong ?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 20,057
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10122


    Hello Ahmedn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened to hopefully undo and fix this.

    If this is not an available option for you or does not help, then you could use the tutorial below to reset your Start screen to at least get back the default items on it. Afterwards, you'll need to manually "Pin to Start" anything else you want back on your Start screen again.

    Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8


    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Ahmedn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened to hopefully undo and fix this.

    If this is not an available option for you or does not help, then you could use the tutorial below to reset your Start screen to at least get back the default items on it. Afterwards, you'll need to manually "Pin to Start" anything else you want back on your Start screen again.

    Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8


    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
    I reset my Start Screen
    the default icons are back but it still when I install a new app it isn't added automatically to the start screen
    is there something wrong with the registry ?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 20,057
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10122


    Are you using Windows 8.1 now instead of 8?

    If so, then that would explain it since you have to manually "Pin to Start" any installed programs for now. Instead, they only get listed in your "Apps" screen by default when installed.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Are you using Windows 8.1 now instead of 8?

    If so, then that would explain it since you have to manually "Pin to Start" any installed programs for now. Instead, they only get listed in your "Apps" screen by default when installed.
    how do I know if I have 8.1 ?
    I have my Windows 8 installed on my laptop by default
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Win 8


    I used the dxdiag command and it says my OS is Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit
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  7. #7


    Posts : 20,057
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10122


    Press the + X to open the Power Users Task menu, then click on System to see what is says your "Windows edition" is at the top of the System window.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 20,057
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10122


    Ah, I missed that you said only Windows 8. There may have been an update to make it like 8.1 for this part to where you'll need to manually "Pin to Start" them now.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5
    Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Ah, I missed that you said only Windows 8. There may have been an update to make it like 8.1 for this part to where you'll need to manually "Pin to Start" them now.
    Ok, that cleared it
    thank you very much
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  10. #10


    Posts : 20,057
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10122


    You're welcome.
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