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windows 8.1 start screen can't rearrange apps

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1

    windows 8.1 start screen can't rearrange apps


    Hi,

    I have a weird problem on my windows 8.1 start screen. When I right mouse click on app nothing happens. This way I can't rearrange any apps, can't add any of them to start screen to, nothing.. I can only open them. There is no menu after right clicking on any icon, there is no menu after clicking empty space surrounding icons. Please help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Wree, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You should be able to just drag and drop app tiles on your Start screen to arrange them in groups how you like. See if the tutorials below may be able to help more.

    Start Screen Apps - Organize into Groups

    Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    thank you brink, I know I should... but I can't, I can't drag and drop them too. They all blocked, you can't rearrange them, on my raw administrator account (witch I've activated just few hours ago) all works fine. I just disabled UAC because I couldn't to write anything on my system drive (no option for creating text files etc.. only folders) and now I can, but that didn't help me with apps on start screen. I guess it's something with permissions but I have no idea what to do after disabling UAC, everything should be ok - but it's not.
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Since you are able to arrange the tiles in one account and not the other, I'm not sure if this below may the issue, but it would be worth to check to make sure it's not set to prevent customization of the Start screen.

    Start Screen - Allow or Prevent Users from Customizing

    If the above isn't applicable, then you might see if switching the account to a local account, then switch back to a Microsoft account may toggle it to work properly again.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    switching account and then back worked!, thank you! rearranging is working now!

    can you tell my one more thing, why I can't create text files when UAC is enabled? becose I want to have ability to use apps, but I need passability to write on my system drive. After right mouse click and then choosing to "New" (create menu - foders, files etc) I have only ability to create folder, and every time when I want to copy something to system drive I have prompt about admin permission. My account is a admin account so I don't understand this... my uac settings are the lowest that I can get (Never Notify Me)
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news about your Start screen.

    You are having a permission issue since you are trying to do this directly in system folders that are protected. Instead, files should be created and saved in your user folders (C:\Users\(User-Name)\Documents, Pictures, etc....).
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    hmmm "C:\", "C:\games", "C:\dropbox" are not a system folders, I remember using them without permissions issues, any suggestions?
    Last edited by wree; 25 Mar 2014 at 13:26.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You should be able to take ownership of those folders and their contents, and then set permissions to "allow" your account "full control" of them. Afterwards, you shouldn't have any access issues.

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8
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  9. #9


    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    thank you brink, you've been very helpful! all solved
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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