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Managed to delete the Desktop App in the Metro interface...

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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Managed to delete the Desktop App in the Metro interface...


    It took some fiddling around with a replacement Start menu program, but the desktop app in Metro (along with the Store app) is gone. I wonder how I am supposed to get these back?

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    You could try
    1.System restore
    2.Run in cmd sfc /scannow
    3. Refresh( as a last resort because you have to re-install the drivers but your docs and pics will be safe)
    HTH.
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Nah. It is just going to be a matter of replacing the app located in C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts\ called microsoft.desktop_8wekyb3d8bbwe or something and has an app shortcut inside... Just got to figure out how and where to load it from
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    That was easy... Went to C:\Users\John\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts\ and created a folder called microsoft.desktop_8wekyb3d8bbwe.

    I did a search inside windows and found an desktop shortcut icon that is at

    C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-twinui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.8250.0_none_57dee59f178a579d

    I dragged and copied that icon into the folder and I had my desktop shortcut back.

    I did the same thing with the Wondows Store app. Created a folder called microsoft.Store_8wekyb3d8bbwe and copied in a Store shortcut I found inside the Windows folder

    C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-store-client-ui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.8250.0_none_9c947011c1a490 cf

    Well, maybe not EASY but doable, heh.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 10 Mar 2012 at 13:16.
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    I managed to somehow delete the desktop app on the developer preview. I tried sfc but it did not restore the desktop. I eventually install the consumer edition over it.
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by paulsiu View Post
    I managed to somehow delete the desktop app on the developer preview. I tried sfc but it did not restore the desktop. I eventually install the consumer edition over it.
    Hopefully MS can get the word out that we should backup:

    C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts folder and the
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder

    before fooling around with the Metro interface. If something goes wrong, just copy the old folders/files back in place...
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 02 Mar 2012 at 20:11.
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    Are you 100% sure you deleted it and didn't just unpin it?
    Anything you unpin can still be accessed in the Metro interface via right-clicking and viewing all apps.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by paulsiu View Post
    I managed to somehow delete the desktop app on the developer preview. I tried sfc but it did not restore the desktop. I eventually install the consumer edition over it.
    Hopefully MS can get the word out that we should backup:

    C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts folder and the
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder

    before fooling around with the Metro interface. If something goes wrong, just copy the old folders/files back in place...

    Hi there
    Never mind MS -- you should ALWAYS take backups -- no matter how trivial the chnge might seem.

    These days backing up the OS image woon't take long and HDD space is cheap -- I hope you keep your OS and apps on the OS disk and all your data - multimedia etc on other disks. Even on a laptop at least keep it on a separate partition.

    A typical W8 OS backup is around 15 mins max.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Roland, No, I definitely DELETED it. I found a Start Globe Replacement (Vista Start Menu ver 3.88) for the desktop and there was a desktop icon in the list of programs that did not work. I deleted it from the start menu list and the Desktop Icon was missing from BOTH the usual spot in Metro AND in the Apps list search. It was definitely gone.

    Jimbo, After 25 years working for HP test and measurement system support, I know full well that backups are ESSENTIAL and I do a complete clone once a month and weekly backups of critical files (I tried WHS 2008? and was severely disappointed with it and stopped using it). I just had not gotten around to cloning the drive (heck, it was only 6 hours old) and not yet in any sort of working order. Besides, I have a couple of folders that I keep multiple copies of on other computers that have EVERYTHING I need to build an op sys from scratch. Adding just a couple of folders to it was child's play. Thanks for the suggestion tho as I should create a clean clone pretty soon now. Supposedly Win8 will be able to restore a clean copy of Win8 op sys on demand with having to reload everything.
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    Watford
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    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    They hide the imaging options well in W8CP. You have to type windows 7 in search settings and open Windows 7 File Recovery. It seems M$ doesn't want you to image. Macrium Reflect doesn't work either. It causes startup BSODS.
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