Windows 8.1 - How to reset the Start Screen to its default layout

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Windows 8.1 - How to reset the Start Screen to its default layout


Here's how to reset the Start Screen of Windows 8.1 to its default layout. This can be achieved by deleting 2 files.

Method one - Using the Command prompt

  • Launch the command prompt as administrator and type the following commands:
    • del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak
    • del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms

Method two - Deleting the files manually

First you will need to enable the display of hidden files.
Navigate to %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\
Delete the following files:
  • appsFolder.itemdata-ms 
  • appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak 

Restart Windows Explorer to view the changes:

All you need to do now, is to restart Windows Explorer:
  • Open the a Task Manager > Processes.
  • Right-click on the explorer.exe > End Process.
  • Click on the File menu > New Task.
  • In the Open field, type "explorer" and press Enter.

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Published by jak58. Latest update on March 16, 2015 at 05:50 AM by jak58.
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