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Can't find "show desktop" tile on Metro start screen

  1. #11


    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows XP SP3 32-bit


    Unfortunately, it's beginning to look like a clean install for you then.

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Can you get to the desktop with Win+D.
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  3. #13


    @whs that is true, but this has become a much greater problem. Entire sections of my preinstalled app library have vanished. This includes all of the features found in the tablet friendly version of the control panel, the show desktop app, windows store, remote desktop, and more. I mamaged to get to refresh pc by going into the boot options. once it was done i had all of those apps back. However, as I was typing this, i checked again and they were all gone again. i unnstalled the 5 or so apps that I had managed to install since refreshing and I still couldnt get it back. I i type this on my tablet, i am running the same exe I used to upgrade to CP in hopes that a fresh install will fix this....
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  4. #14


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    This is strange indeed. But I would say you are lucky. I had to delete all that stuff manually. I wish a magic wand would delete all that garbage.
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  5. #15


    OK, I reinstalled Windows 8 CP and will let you guys know if it happens again....
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  6. #16


    AARRRGHH! It happened again. At some point, I lost all of those apps I mentioned again. This is really starting to piss me off...
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  7. #17


    Is anyone else having this issue? This is seriously crippling the OS. I need some of those pre-installed apps!
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  8. #18


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Where you able to use this for now?

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...html#post69072


    In addition, you might see if you may be able to do the same thing in the thread below to restore the default app.

    Managed to delete the Desktop App in the Metro interface...
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  9. #19


    Running sfc /scannow worked. Interesting. I have to wonder what could have caused the files to become corrupt. Now that I know how to fix it painlessly, I should be able to pin-point what caused it if it happens again....
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  10. #20


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's great news. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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