Desktop - Restore Missing Tile on Windows 8 Start Screen

How to Restore Missing "Desktop" Tile on Start and Apps Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1


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This tutorial will show you how to restore the default Desktop app tile on the Start and Apps screen if missing in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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EXAMPLE: Desktop Tile on Start Screen in Windows 8
Desktop_Tile_on_Start.jpg



Here's How:

1. Open the "Apps" screen, and look for the Desktop app. (see screenshot below)
Apps-Desktop.jpg

2. If the Desktop app is not there, then go to step 4 below.

3. If the Desktop app is listed, right click or press and hold on the Desktop app to check it, click/tap on Pin to Start, and go to step 11 below. (see screenshot below step 1)

4. Click/tap on the download button below to download the Desktop.zip file below.
download

5. Save the .zip file to your desktop, and unblock the .zip file.

6. Open the .zip file, extract (drag and drop) the Desktop shortcut to your desktop.

7. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, copy and paste the path below into Run, and click/tap on OK.
%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

8. Copy and paste the Desktop shortcut (step 6) into the Programs folder (step 7). (see screenshot below step 10)

9. If prompted, click/tap on Continue and Yes (UAC) to approve the copy. (see screenshot below)
continue.jpg

10. Right click or press and hold on the Desktop shortcut, and click/tap on Pin to Start. Close File Explorer. (see screenshot below)
folder-desktop.jpg


11. Open your Start screen, scroll all the way to the right until you see the Desktop tile, then drag and drop the tile to where or what group you like on your Start screen.





That's it,
Shawn


 

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Nice one, Brink!
Some users complaining about that on the net.
 

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Thank you sir. :)
 

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Wow, sir level is too high for me, please don't call me "sir":D
 

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LOL, okey doke. ;)
 

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That's awesome. Thanks a lot.
 

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You're most welcome vsheen, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)
 

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Did this, still doesnt show up on start up screen, nor does any other app like Hyper V. Nothing new shows up on start up screen ever since desktop icon disappeared? Please help? Nor when i search for installed app's like cisco vpn. Nothing shows...
 

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Hello Jen, and welcome to Eight Forums.

After adding this, you may need to scroll the Start screen all the way to the left side and drag the desktop tile back to where you like. :)
 

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In that case, go ahead and run a sfc /scannow command to see if that may help. You may need to run it a few times followed by restarting the PC after each time.

If that doesn't help, then you may need to refresh Windows 8.
 

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You're most welcome Brian, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)
 

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Hi!
This way of dealing with the missing program-icons, which suddenly disapeared from my Start-screen, worked for me today.
What does your download-file do, more than change permission for the Start Menu\Program-folder?
Without downloading your reg-file, I manually changed the permission for C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\-folder(note, not the Program-subfolder) and subfolders and granted my Administrators account full access (my user account already has administrator rights).
Before, I was used to run sfc /scannow, but suddenly it stopped working. No matter how often I ran it.

From my point of view, this is not good enough. Users have to know why this happens!
I have noticed that following of an action, made by Windows 8 itself in the background, this may hapen, icons disappear.
That can be acceptable, but only in the case I knew the exact action was made plus all other actions made at the same time.

So can anyone tell me or guess, what exactly makes Windows 8 to change permissions for the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs?

I look forward to know or read your suggestions
 

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Hello ethnicland, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The download in the tutorial is just a clean copy of the missing "Desktop" shortcut that should be at that location by default. It doesn't change or do anything else.

So can anyone tell me or guess, what exactly makes Windows 8 to change permissions for the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs?

Sorry, but this is almost always due to user error instead.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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Glad it could help Dyno, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)
 

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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
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    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
Thanks. it worked as well as you POSTed. :) :thumbsup:

is there any sort of this shortcut or link for other TILEs, such as Finance/Calender/Messaging/Mail/Weather etc. ?!
if it would be,please post it.

THANKS in Advanced.
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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