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Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8


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Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to reset your Start screen in Windows 8 and 8.1 back to default with only any remaining pinned default Store apps left.
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How to Reset Your Start Screen to Default in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show you how to reset your Start screen in Windows 8 and 8.1 back to default with only any remaining pinned default Store apps left.
How to Reset Your Start Screen to Default in Windows 8 and 8.1

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This tutorial will show you how to reset your Start screen in Windows 8 and 8.1 back to default with only any remaining pinned default Store apps left.

Reset = Automatically unpins all non-default pinned items from your Start screen leaving only any pinned default Store apps. If you unpinned any default Store apps, they will not be added back. If you installed any other Store apps (non-default), then they will be unpinned.

Restore = Restores all of your Start screen pinned items exactly to how they were when last reset.

Note   Note
By default, your pinned Start items are saved in the files at both hidden folder locations below. These files is what this tutorial will be renaming to back up before deleting to reset, and to restore for you automatically using a BAT file.

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak


EXAMPLE: "Start" screen Before and Reset in Windows 8 and 8.1
NOTE: You will notice that only any previously still pinned default Store apps that came included with Windows 8 remain after resetting your Start screen.
Start.jpg
Reset_Start.jpg





OPTION ONE
To Reset Your Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1

1. Click\tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, then run it.​
Reset_Start.bat
download
2. If prompted, click\tap on Run.​
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.​
3. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.​
4. You're Start screen has now been reset.​



OPTION TWO
To Restore Your Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1

warning   Warning
This option will only work to restore your Start screen if you had previously used OPTION ONE above.


1. Click\tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, then run it.​
Restore_Start.bat
download
2. If prompted, click\tap on Run.​
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.​
3. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.​
4. You're Start screen has now been restored to how it was when last reset in OPTION ONE.​


That's it,
Shawn

 
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Hello Maliksaad,

The .bat file only affects the Start screen and doesn't do anything to the Apps screen that would affect that, so I'm not sure why your apps would be renamed like that.

See if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened may be able to undo it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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