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Windows 8.1 Start Screen

  1. #1


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    Windows 8.1 Start Screen


    O.K. i am trying to figure out if there is a way to add an app to the start screen,but i want to add it to the all apps view screen,not the main start screen in Windows 8.1 this i know how to do, it's pin to start screen.

    What happened is an installed program does not show up in the ALL Apps view of the Start Screen.
    Is there a way to add it there? I only find info on how to add it to the main start screen,not in all apps view.

    Tried reinstalling the program,no success ,so if anybody knows how,much appreciated,ty.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello JDS,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to add items to your Apps screen.

    "Apps" Screen - Add or Remove Items in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Once you installed a program, it should show up in All Apps automatically. At least that's what it does by me.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Normally a program should automatically show up in Apps when installed, but it may be a program that's not completely compatible with Windows 8.1 or not very well written, and may need to be manually added to Apps.
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  5. #5


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Thanks for the Reply,yes most of my programs do get put into all apps screen when installed,but this one did not.
    I think as like Brink said it might be because it's an older program and compatibility with Windows 8.1,causing it not to work.

    Amazing all research on internet all they can answer to it was how to unpin and pin an app to start screen,not the all apps screen.Hard to word it right on internet,why i came here.

    Brink i sort of figured this was the way to do it,i did try it somewhat before i posted this thread but it did not work.
    Let me give it another try from your tutorial i will let you know,ty.
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  6. #6


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    O.k. it worked by putting the group folder with shortcut in it here:C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    Tried this the other day before this post and did not work,but this time i had to reboot then it worked.


    This shortcut that wasn't added till i did this was a Game,when i installed a game in past it made a group folder called games with that games shortcut in it.

    Should this be the way this game should of been,if so how can i make it this way or does it matter?
    Could be because it's an older game and a compatibility issue.

    I see this folder in here,is this where it might need to go? C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer

    Well if not, it works fine way tutorial showed anyway.Thanks
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  7. #7


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You could put the shortcut in the Games Explorer folder if you like, but I'm not sure that it would show on your Apps screen.
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  8. #8


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    O.k. Brink Thanks for help and tutorial.

    I can try and see if it does work, if not it's no big deal,the other method worked for me.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Okey doke.
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