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CDJay

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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
 
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CDJay

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

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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Calico

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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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CDJay

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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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Calico

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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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johnpombrio

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It should work. copy and paste any of the found shortcuts as long as the icon looks the same as the ones I found. Paste it into the Microsoft.Store_8wekyb3d8bbwe (or whatever it is for your machine). I also wiped out my more PC settings and there was no way to recover THAT without a REFRESH.

2012-03-09 Windows store.jpg
 

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Calico

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Curiously enough, the shortcut for the store, on this VM, is under C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and not C:\Users\{User Name}\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts, as some are.

Edit: Just confirmed, if I remove the shortcut from the location mentioned above, the 'Store' is unavailable when searching from the Start page. if I add the shortcut back to that location, 'Store' becomes available from search and thus can be 'pinned'
 

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johnpombrio

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< busily rooting around in all those hidden files> Heh, I found MY store Icon under
C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Hidden
.
No store icon to find under All Users for me tho and mine says Windows Store just like the original.

2012-03-09 Store 2.jpg
 

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Calico

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I have no idea why these should be different. I just booted into my 'bear metal' 8 installation, and everything is the same as described earlier. On both I have two shortcuts, one called Store and one called Windows Store.

The 'Windows Store' shortcut is in:

C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-store-client-ui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.8250.0_none_9c947011c1a490cf

Along with most of the other files related to the store. the other is located in:

C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
 

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johnpombrio

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Thanks Calico!

Did a search on "Windows Store" and found the 3 instances that Calico and I together have found. The one common to us (besides the one that is IN the normal Microsoft.Store{etc}) is the last one that Calico found:

C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-store-client-ui_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.8250.0_none_9c947011c1a490cf

I guess that is the one that should be used for rebuilding the Windows store app. I tried a copy and replace using this location into the Windows Store app folder and it works fine.

The desktop Icon for Metro apps is located at:

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

Both of these Icons go into the app data folder under these names (note that the number/letter part is different with each instance of Win8.) GOOD IDEA to BACK UP this folder somewhere! It is a pain to rebuild!

2012-03-10 App data.jpg
 

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rich

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So I had several of these tiles that I managed to delete, pretty easy fix, I booted my secondary computer, opened the C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder, copied the missing shortcuts and pasted them into the same folder on my messed up computer, and it restored them exactly how they were before.

Anyways, here's a zip with Desktop, Store and PC Settings. I'm not sure how well this will work for everyone else, but it's worth a shot.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2246049/Start Screen Icon Restore.zip
 

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speedlever

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I just had this issue on a client's laptop running Win 8.1 and typed desktop on the Metro interface. When the desktop app came up, I right clicked on it and pinned it to the start menu, then drug it back where it was supposed to go. I have no idea what caused it to disappear in the first place.
 

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