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Lost "Desktop" shortcut/tile in Metro UI

  1. #1


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 CP

    Lost "Desktop" AND "Store" shortcut/tile in Metro UI


    Gradually getting my head around W8 CP, however after a recent reboot the tile for "desktop" is now gone under metro.

    Any ideas how to restore? If I right click and browse all apps it isn't present.

    Having navigated to "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" I can't see a desktop shortcut there but I'm fairly sure there was one before. If someone could give me the information to recreate it as it appears on their system it would be most appreciated!

    Cheers

    CDJay
    Last edited by CDJay; 09 Mar 2012 at 13:28.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello CDJay, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you can use the "Show Desktop" shortcut at the link below to pin to your "Start" screen that will work like the default "Desktop" one.

    Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Forums

    In addition, you should also have a Desktop link in the "Desktop Tools" menu that you could use to open the desktop.

    Hope this helps some,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 CP


    Cheers, it's not quite "as was" but it's a damn sight better than nothing!

    Still, If anyone any ideas on how to get the default double-width metro icon back (without too much pain ) that'd be great
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  4. #4


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 CP


    OK, even more concerningly, the "Store" metro tile is gone too. Nowhere to be found in apps, or when searching.

    Help!

    CDJay
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  5. #5


    Posts : 828
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by CDJay View Post
    OK, even more concerningly, the "Store" metro tile is gone too. Nowhere to be found in apps, or when searching.

    Help!

    CDJay
    See if this helps.
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  6. #6


    Hi CDJay,
    Try this tutorial, it might recover some corrupted system files:

    SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8
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  7. #7


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 CP


    Much appreciated guys, the desktop icon is now how it was and the "More PC Settings" works as before.

    Still can't get the store to work though; I can find a shortcut but it's in the windows folder and has "notused" as a Target in %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%

    It looks like I managed to do the same thing as JohnPombrio, from the latter thread/link.

    If anyone can let me know what their working icon has as a target then I'll stop asking stupid questions. For now

    CDJay
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  8. #8


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 CP


    I found the location, I'll keep trying to amend the lnk and get it to show up in metro.

    %windir%\WinStore\WinStoreUI.dll

    for those interested.

    CDJay
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  9. #9


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8 CP


    It won't let me edit the existing store shortcut, and duplicating it / amending isn't working. Still, I don't *need* the store atm

    CDJay
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  10. #10


    Posts : 828
    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by CDJay View Post
    It won't let me edit the existing store shortcut, and duplicating it / amending isn't working. Still, I don't *need* the store atm

    CDJay
    Ignore this, it's me being a twonk! See next posts.
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    Last edited by Calico; 09 Mar 2012 at 22:13. Reason: Error!
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