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Starting Windows 8 Apps from Desktop

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8

    Starting Windows 8 Apps from Desktop


    I've made significant progress to get Windows 8 usable on a PC.

    Three of my favourites are

    Classic Shell &
    Oblytile at [APP] OblyTile - Tile Creator for all programs. - xda-developers - Allows you to customise tiles!!!
    Creation of a shutdown shortcut & tile

    There is one major thing outstanding for me. I want to start an Windows 8 App from the desktop.
    I've figured out that they are stored in c:\ProgramFiles\WindowsApps but a normal shortcut does not seem to work. It states "This application can only be run in the context of an application container"

    I can run them from the Classic Shell menu but I am a loss as to how to create a shortcut to run them. I don't mind if the shortcut is to a "launching application", etc. Utopia would be to run them in a window but quite happy to accept them starting full screen in "metro" mode. Any help or guidance would be really appreciated.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 62
    Microsoft Windows


    That paid app called RetroUI Pro recently added the ability to run Metro apps in a window. Although I don't think they get a button on the taskbar which is what I would have liked.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Starting Windows 8 Apps from Desktop
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