Windows 8 Tile Reset?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Zukariji, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Zukariji

    Zukariji MDL Member

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    Okay, so I removed all the tiles on the Metro Start Screen so I could use it as a glorified full-screen search engine. However, I've changed my mind and want to have the apps to the original way they were. I tried pinning the apps to the start menu again however I've realised that that doesn't work - You can't put tiles underneath other tiles, and it ends up just creating a long vertical list of apps which is horrid to use.

    So I was wondering is there a way to restore the default settings without refreshing/resetting the W8 settings?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ~Yoshi

    ~Yoshi MDL Junior Member

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    Just look up a screenshot of the default start screen and pin the default apps one by one. It shouldn't take longer than 5 minutes to do this...
     
  3. Zukariji

    Zukariji MDL Member

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  4. Mr Jinje

    Mr Jinje MDL Expert

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    Gotcha, sounds like a problem. When you say without refreshing/resetting, are you trying to avoid using System Restore ?
     
  5. Zukariji

    Zukariji MDL Member

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    Yeah pretty much.
     
  6. ~Yoshi

    ~Yoshi MDL Junior Member

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    Backup your user profile, start the default Administrator user profile and remove your current one. Then restore it.
    If this doesn't help then I think your installation is broken. Try using 'sfc /scannow' in an administrator command prompt.

    I don't think it's possible to restore the start screen to default. If it is then I don't know how.
     
  7. Pikey

    Pikey MDL Junior Member

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    What about the 'Refresh your PC ..' option in the Control Panel?

    It's in the 'General ' section , that might sort it out!

    Un-tested by me I should point out ...
     
  8. Mr Jinje

    Mr Jinje MDL Expert

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    "Without refreshing"

    Me thinks he knows how to fix the problem using the Microsoft approved methods (refresh / system restore etc) I suspect he is looking to figure out which registry setting or whatever is really causing the issue.

    FYI, to the op. Maybe you want to install Windows 8 in a second VM with working Tiles. Then export both the users profile Hives and start comparing.
     
  9. Soiarn

    Soiarn MDL Junior Member

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    Simple...

    Create a new user account.
    Another approach, copy the file that tells how the start screen is customized from the admin account.