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I'm hoping someone can rescue me from reinstalling after putting so much work into my Windows 8 install (final version). I accidentally deleted the contents of this folder:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools

That folder just contained all the administrative tools shortcuts.

So now, I have no administrative tools. I emptied my recycle bin and system restore is also disabled. I'm hoping these shortcuts may be cached somewhere in a CAB file, or maybe someone can attach a copy of the shortcuts that were in this folder. Otherwise, it looks like I'd have to reinstall to get them back.

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Nevermind, I will reinstall. I think I broke more than my start menu. :( – jlacroix82 Oct 16 '12 at 2:27
Those are shortcuts, you should still be able to run them from Control Panel. – Moab Oct 16 '12 at 3:44
If you have decided to reinstall, and this question is no longer relevant, please delete it. – Nifle Oct 16 '12 at 7:20

You can download a zip containing the missing shortcuts here:

This worked for me ... however, what I don't know is, how these shortcuts actually get lost. It seems to happen fairly often as the existence of the page above shows.

I had this happen to my windows 8.1 install multiple times and I surely didn't delete these shortcuts deliberately. I do have the feeling, that it might have some thing to do with the windows update process running out of space and failing, as that had happened shortly before mine disappeared.

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I'm hoping these shortcuts may be cached somewhere in a CAB file...

Try System File Checker. If they are system files, then SFC should repair them:

sfc.exe /scannow

I believe I used SFC to fix a missing/broken link to my Desktop from the Desktop Tile on that {disingenuous|stupid|hated} Metro launcher.

Microsoft also has a KB on the utility at Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files.

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