Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Where'd they go?...Lost My Tiles

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    windows 8

    Where'd they go?...Lost My Tiles


    Better yet, how do I get them back. I was ending some processes in task manager as I haven't figured out how to close a program any other way yet...I know, sad. Anyways, I guess I ended a process that took away all my tiles and now I have a blank screen with know access to programs. I have figured out by hitting the windows+u keys I can bring up the control panel and most other operations. I also lost access the desktop...any suggestions on restoring the tiles and desktop function?
    Thanks!
    Mike

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mike, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like you may have killed explorer. If so, you can press the Shift+CTRL+ESC keys to open Task Manager, click on File (menu bar), click on Run new task, type Explorer, and press Enter.

    If that's not it, then restarting the computer should take work for you.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    Thanks for your help...yeah, the windows explorer process was the last process i killed and lost the tiles. I found a thread on how to restart the process but It did not work. I don't have my laptop with the windows 8 on it at the moment but will try your suggestion when I get a chance. How do I restart the computer without having to push the power button?
    Thanks!
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Dec 2012 at 23:19. Reason: link
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    Brink, I was able to remote to my laptop and start explorer using your directions...every thing's good...thanks!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.

    Yeah, you won't be able to restart it like in that tutorial if it's not listed anymore.

    Restarting it would have got it back as well if ever needed to do so again.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Where'd they go?...Lost My Tiles
Related Threads
I have attached an image with the problem i have, I don't know what has happened but every icon there without an image won't open. I.E Weather App and other Microsoft apps that where previously installed? Has anyone else had this problem and knows how to fix the error?
lost cd in Software and Apps
I lost a Word Perfect CD but still have the envelope with the product code. I have not been able to find a way to download Word Perfect from the web and use the product code. Is there a way to do this or will I have to buy new software?
Work tiles and play tiles in General Support
I have a surface pro 2 and i use it at work so i ideally want my "work tiles" on the front screen and them at a certain time then say switch to my home/play tiles at say 6pm. Is this possible to have a set of tiles for a certain job rather then setting up two accounts?
I'm torn between letting Windows 8.1 automatically sync to my Outlook.com account and use the interfaces provided in Windows 8? Or just add URLs (as apps for the start menu) for Outlook.com mail, calendar and people. The latter is a much better interface (IMO) and the only thing I seem to lose is...
Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer worked well for this in W8. However, it doesn't work with 8.1. I've already emailed the developer, but without a response. Is there an alternative method to getting no tiles show on the start screen or if possible, just one tile and the rest unvisible until...
Solved Lost startup tiles in Performance & Maintenance
I ran a virus program to get rid of that "Visual Bee" and not only did it not get rid of it , I lost some of the tiles on the start :cool:up page. The one in the left corner that takes you to the desktop is gone. Does anyone know how to restore those tiles?
After installing Windows 8 Media Center I lost most of the Tiles on the Start Screen. Ican't find a way to get them back. Any suggestions?
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook