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Desktop - Restore Missing Tile on Windows 8 Start Screen

  1. #10


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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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  2. #11


    Thank you for posting this!! It worked flawlessly.
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  3. #12


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    You're most welcome Brian, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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  4. #13


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    windows 8 pro


    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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  5. #14


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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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  6. #15


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    Microsoft Windows 8


    TNX a lot. it worked. well done.
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  7. #16


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    Glad it could help Dyno, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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  8. #17


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    Microsoft Windows 8


    Thanks. it worked as well as you POSTed.

    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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  9. #18


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Dyno,

    If you have tiles for apps from the Store missing on your Start screen, then you could just check on your Apps screen to see if they are listed to "Pin to Start" like in steps 1-2.

    If the app is not listed, then you would just need to reinstall the app from the Store.

    Apps - Install Metro Apps from Windows 8 Store
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  10. #19


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    Microsoft Windows 8


    Thank you Brink. I tried it. and the link you post , was helpful.
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