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    Followed what I thought was the recovery process ... now find that I have lost all program icons from Desktop and I suspect all programs deleted from drive. Obviously a novice at this ... desperately need rescuing.

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    What do you mean recovery process? The manufacturer provided one - or did you attempt something else?

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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    If you did Refresh Your PC, losing traditional programs is normal, and it actually warns you about it a couple of times. Metro apps and files should be intact.
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    System refresh will uninstall all desktop apps but keep all your metro apps. System reinstall brings your system back to factory condition. Both these options will warn you of this before continuing on.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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