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Help! No icons on start screen after moving AppData!

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7/8

    Help! No icons on start screen after moving AppData!


    Hi guys,

    Wondering if you could help me. My icons on my start screen have disappeared, after I moved my app data folders as of this guide. Some of the names appear rather oddly, and none of the metro icons do anything, apart from desktop and Google chrome.

    Click image for larger version

    Please help!

    P.S. I blurred the middle-left image for privacy reasons. :3
    P.P.S ***EDIT*** Just checked, Store also loads, but returns to start screen after splash.
    P.P.P.S ***EDIT*** If it's any help, I also attempted a Windows 8.1 install since posting this originally.
    P.P.P.P.S ***EDIT*** Everything's fine on other accounts, please reply!
    Last edited by eddowii; 21 Aug 2013 at 14:38.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7/8


    Bump
    Help me please!
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have you tried putting it back where it came from ?
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  4. #4


    Hello, eddowii. Welcome to Windows EightForums.

    To quote the article:

    In Windows 8, the biggest change, compared with XP', is in the creation of the AppData folder together with its three subfolders, AppData Local, LocalLow and Roaming. A folder called Application Data exists in Windows 8 for backwards compatibility with XP.
    I don't know who this author is nor do I want to question his knowledge, but there's a whole slew of changes that are different in Windows 8 than compared to XP. Vast kernel changes for one. Hierarchical folder structure for another. Safety features blocking system changes for yet another. I don't think it to be wise to start moving folders around unless one is absolutely sure of what they're doing and for a good reason to do so.

    I'd move it back as David suggested, but in addition, reverse the order of procedure in order to perform that.

    And just to let you know, they are called tiles on the Start Screen.

    Good luck and, again, welcome.
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 05 Oct 2013 at 09:16.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Hello, eddowii. Welcome to Windows EightForums.

    To quote the article:

    In Windows 8, the biggest change, compared with XP', is in the creation of the AppData folder together with its three subfolders, AppData Local, LocalLow and Roaming. A folder called Application Data exists in Windows 8 for backwards compatibility with XP.
    I don't know who this author is nor do I want to question his knowledge, but there's a whole slew of changes that are different in Windows 8 than compared to XP. Vast kernel changes for one. Hierarchical folder structure for another. Safety features blocking system changes for yet another. I don't think it to be wise to start moving folders around unless one is absolutely sure of what they're doing and for a good reason to do so.

    I'd move it back as David suggested, but in addition, reverse the order of procedure in order to perform that.

    And just to let you know, they are called tiles on the Start Screen.

    Good luck and, again, welcome.
    Thank you
    HippsieGypsie, I would move the folder(s) back, but I have replaced the space used by the folders on my C: drive with some software. I am stuck now, since I don't want to uninstall Blender.
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  6. #6


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by eddowii View Post
    I would move the folder(s) back, but I have replaced the space used by the folders on my C: drive with some software. I am stuck now, since I don't want to uninstall Blender.
    That means your disk is full right?

    There's no need to uninstall Blender, just uninstall something else, get a bigger disk or: try to clean up temporary files (from AppData\Local\Temp and Appdata\LocalLow\Temp).

    It's never a good idea to remove the entire AppData folder because it's used by the system and there you have, for instance, all the Start Screen shortcuts for your user account. If you have a backup, restore it back or try to get the folder from another user (if possible, to rebuild the structure) but the last resort will be system restore (might not contain the user files), image backup restore or even to refresh the PC.

    Cleaning up the full disk:
    You can right click on the disk -> Properties -> Disk Cleanup or use a utility like CCleaner to do the details.

    You can also shrink down the pagefile in some exclusive cases... depends how much free space you still have on the disk and how much it's still needed. But a full disk isn't very good because temporary files are always created and you need SOME free space for spare at each moment.

    Good luck
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5
    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by eddowii View Post
    I would move the folder(s) back, but I have replaced the space used by the folders on my C: drive with some software. I am stuck now, since I don't want to uninstall Blender.
    That means your disk is full right?

    There's no need to uninstall Blender, just uninstall something else, get a bigger disk or: try to clean up temporary files (from AppData\Local\Temp and Appdata\LocalLow\Temp).

    It's never a good idea to remove the entire AppData folder because it's used by the system and there you have, for instance, all the Start Screen shortcuts for your user account. If you have a backup, restore it back or try to get the folder from another user (if possible, to rebuild the structure) but the last resort will be system restore (might not contain the user files), image backup restore or even to refresh the PC.

    Cleaning up the full disk:
    You can right click on the disk -> Properties -> Disk Cleanup or use a utility like CCleaner to do the details.

    You can also shrink down the pagefile in some exclusive cases... depends how much free space you still have on the disk and how much it's still needed. But a full disk isn't very good because temporary files are always created and you need SOME free space for spare at each moment.

    Good luck
    Thanks I'll try that when I have time.
    Last edited by eddowii; 18 Nov 2013 at 14:02. Reason: Grammar mistake
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