Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I got 200+ shortcuts pinned on the Windows 8 start screen by some rogue program.

It would be a pain to right-click every item and then click Unpin to remove them:

Is there a way to remove all the items from the start screen easily?

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted
  1. Open Command Prompt (Admin) by pressing Win + X, A

  2. Copy these lines:

    del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms
    del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak
    tskill explorer
  3. Right-click in Command Prompt and select Paste:

  4. Press Enter.

  5. You're done. Now the Windows 8 start screen will reset to its original state:

share|improve this answer
This works great to reset it to the default, but do you have any idea how I could set it to entirely blank? – bryan kennedy Oct 14 '14 at 19:10

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.