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Having done a System Refresh on Windows 8 it now seems to have lost all the standard (default user?) start menu tiles, even Desktop tile is missing. Any suggestions how to get these back again.

After the System Refresh SFC was run for safety and I was quite surprised to discover that it found and corrected a fair number of items. Clearly System Refresh does not quite work properly.

We have two identically named 'Start Menu' directories, in:

  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows

At least one of these must be a symlink I guess, they are actually:

  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AllUsers
  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Which one is correct or should they both be there?

Edit: I feel sure that the directory

  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows

should not contain both

  • 'Start Menu' real directory


  • 'Start Menu' symlink - pointing to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AllUsers

but question is which is rogue and which is correct? And how have we ended up with two, could roaming profiles be involved in some way?

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Open the store, click on "My Apps" and select "Apps not installed on this PC" and select all apps you want to install:

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Unfortunately 'Windows Store' is one of the missing tiles. – NickC Apr 8 '13 at 19:19
Can you still use the search charm to get to the store? – Rowland Shaw Apr 8 '13 at 20:50
No unfortunately not. – NickC Apr 9 '13 at 14:31
was sfc able to fix all issues? If not, run DISM:… – magicandre1981 Apr 9 '13 at 15:36
Yes SFC fixed everything and now runs clean – NickC Apr 9 '13 at 18:56

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