Reset the Windows 8 Start Screen

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Nearly every app and program puts their link on the Windows 8 Start Screen, so after a while, things tend to get very messy. It´s a good thing that you can get rid of all those links and return to the design Windows 8 was when you fist installed it.


Here is how to reset the Windows 8 Start Screen:


  • Go to the Desktop view by pressing Windows + D.
  • Press Windows + E to open the Explorer.
  • Copy the following to the address bar:
%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\

and press enter.

  • Search for the following files:
appsFolder.itemdata-ms
appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak

and delete them. Beware: All the links on your Start Screen will be lost, this is a complete reset to the way it used to look.

  • Restart your PC.


There you go, your Start Screen is now good as new.



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