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

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    A bunch of pre-installed apps are missing on CP


    I upgraded to the CP a few days ago and just noticed a huge problem. The "Show Desktop" tile that is normally on the start screen be default has gone missing. I can't figure out how I got rid of it in the first place, but is there some way to add it back?

    EDIT: I have changed the title to more accurately reflect the problem. A bunch of the features that come with Windows 8 CP (the tablet friendly Settings page, Remote Desktop, the show desktop tile, The Windows Store, etc) all vanished shortly after I installed Windows 8. I tried reinstalling and the same thing happened again. If anyone else is having this issue, let me know.
    Last edited by freelancer91; 05 Mar 2012 at 11:18.

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


    Go to the start screen and just type Desktop. The first screen shown below should appear with the Desktop listed. Right click on the desktop icon and re-pin it to your start screen using the option at the bottom of the screen. Below it shows only 'unpin' as I have not deleted the desktop icon from my own Start page.

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    Last edited by HPDeskjet; 04 Mar 2012 at 18:36.
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    Hello Freelancer,

    You might check using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to see if Desktop may be listed in the Apps screen to then be able to pin it back to the Start screen.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Desktop is not a listed app in the start screen. I also just noticed that the Windows store has gone missing and I can't find that in the list of apps either...
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    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows XP SP3 32-bit


    Have you tried just typing the word whilst in the Start screen? You don't have to fill in any box with the word. Just type Desktop and see if it appears.
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    That was the first thing I tried. Typing "Desktop" returns no results in the apps or settings category. Typing "Store" also shows nothing. Here is a screenshot of the entire list of apps on my start screen
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    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows XP SP3 32-bit


    You may have to de a system 'Refresh' to get them back. Be careful though because a system 'Refresh' is different to a system 'Reset'.

    Refresh Windows 8
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Just as a test for a theory, uninstall Google Chrome, and make IE the default web browser to see if those apps return after restarting the computer.

    For now, you could use the "Show Desktop" shortcut in the tutorial below as a workaround to add to the "Apps" screen, and then pin to the "Start" screen using the same OPTION TWO in the tutorial I posted above.

    Show Desktop Icon on Taskbar - Windows 7 Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Mar 2012 at 13:49. Reason: added link
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    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows XP SP3 32-bit


    If you do decide to do a 'Refresh' I would very much advise you to read this tutorial first https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...-tutorial.html
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    I tried uninstalling Google Chrome. Still no change. Then I tried uninstalling all of the apps that I had installed in the past 2 days. Nothing. I did notice that Windows installed updates yesterday. Perhaps those broke my system.

    I also noticed that when I try to start the refresh PC app in the start screen, it doesn't do anything. Same with reset and pretty much any other apps with an icon that shows a white gear in front of a blue background. I'm going to try resetting from the start up screen where I select my boot OS...
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