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    Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8

    Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8
    How to Reset Your Start Screen to Default in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    22 Jan 2013
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    How to Reset Your Start Screen to Default in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    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.

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    Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8
    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.






    Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Start Screen - Reset in Windows 8
    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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    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 (64-bit)


    I just reseted the Start screen and after, the Microsoft apps shortcut names are changed.
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    Posts : 22,211
    64-bit Windows 10


    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 System SpecsSystem Spec

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