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Windows Start Button is Gone

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    Windows Start Button is Gone


    Today I upgraded to Windows 8.1 (I think that's the version). I was pretty much forced to do the update. Now, my start button is completely gone and replaced with something that takes me to the Windows 8 screen, which I absolutely hate, because I can't control anything on it. I have installed a utility that let's me use the desktop, and it basically looks like Windows 7, which worked perfectly fine. It seems like all my apps are gone and this new button is linked only to the Windows 8 screen. How can I get my Windows 7 profile back???

    Thanks everyone!!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello ryguy,

    Reinstalling whatever app you originally installed that added the Start button should add it back.

    Classic Shell is a good choice.


    Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Yes, that's it. I figured it out. Thanks!!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.
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