Solved Recover Win 8 Metro tiles/apps without doing a system reset?

Dell / Inspirion 660
January 23, 2016 at 05:31:21
Specs: Windows 8 x64 NTFS, Intel i5-3340
All Metro tiles/apps missing on start page - Win8. Happened after a routine shut down. I suspect this needs to be fixed before upgrading to Win8.1

"confortably dumb"


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#1
January 23, 2016 at 07:01:29
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As it's quick to try, first discharge the motherboard components like this:
Turn off computer and remove power plug. Remove main battery too if it's a laptop. Before putting it back together hold the Power Off/On button for at least 20 seconds. This procedure has been known to unstick things at odd times.

Otherwise there are quite a few hits in Google (use "metro tiles missing Windows 8"). Here are a couple of different approaches:
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/w...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/i...

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#2
January 23, 2016 at 09:44:04
Try a system restore to a date before the issue started. This resets system files and the registry to the prior date so it should fix your issue.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
January 23, 2016 at 20:38:25
Derek,
No joy with the Power Off/On unplugging, etc. suggestion. I had hopes you were on to something as on rare occasion my Dell PC does fail to completely power down after selecting "Shutdown" from the charms "settings>power" menu. Unplugging takes care of it and I have not seen hardware or OS performance issues when powering back up / restarting the 'puter. So... will push on to other possible causes / solutions. After doing much reading after Google searches that my problem with tiles suddenly going missing is nothing new and affects quite a few people....even in Win 8.1 and apparently in Win 10.

I don't allow Windows Update to run automatically but get notification when updates are available and go thru them selectively. All security updates are performed. Others get scrutinized. Anyway...I do recall one of the updates hanging repeatedly. I don't think I ever got it to run. This was about the time my tiles vanished. (BTW...not only are the tiles missing, but the list of apps related to those tiles is empty.) So...I will go thru the list of failed updates and try them again. And I see that other folks are having some success generating new user profiles/accounts. I suspect that last solution won't help make an upgrade to Win 8.1 be any more successful than if i did it now.

Thanks a ton for helping me get my thoughts organized on how to proceed. I'll let you know if i stumble onto the cause or solution. My guess is i will have to do a reset to factory settings.....or just stay with 8 and live with being unsupported by MS. i honestly don't miss the Metro stuff anyway. I boot up and switch into desktop mode and things go swimmingly. I wouldn't change a thing if MS was gonna keep support the OS. sigh

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#4
January 23, 2016 at 20:47:22
Fingers,
Does the OS perform restore points or image the system on its own from time to time? Unfortunately I haven't been imaging the system at all so a refresh will probably take me all the way back to day one, won't it?

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#5
January 23, 2016 at 23:23:03
Does the OS perform restore points or image the system on its own from time to time?

Yes - Event-triggered restore points are created automatically before the following events:

• Desktop app installation (provided the application utilizes an installer that is System Restore compliant).
• System Restore creates a restore point before the installation of critical Windows updates begin.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#6
January 24, 2016 at 05:39:08
There's a lot to be said for saving your own System Restore points after major changes. For some quaint reason my Win 8 never made any auto saves, even though the scheduled task ran.

If you type rstrui in the Run box or System Restore in search you should be able to examine the list of restore points (if any).

[Looking to the future, if you go for Win 10 sometime then MS turn off System Restore so if you want it you have put it back on again]

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#7
January 24, 2016 at 11:19:18
Derek -
Yep. System is indeed generating restore points quite regularly. That's an eye-opener for me. Might have been good news, but i see it has saved only 4 points - all within the past month... and my tiles / start page issue started many months ago. So....does that leave me with only a reset to original out of the box settings as an option for me? System Reset versus Refresh?

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#8
January 24, 2016 at 11:26:18
XpUser -

Yep. I found those restore points. But just a short list and that was after selecting "show more restore points". I'm guessing i need to allocate more disk space in order to have more of them saved in the future.

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#9
January 24, 2016 at 12:10:57
Yes indeed, if you want more restore points you can set it but only for the future.

Although I agree with the wisdom of trying to get things right before updating to Win 8.1 there is a vague chance that the update will fix the problem. Almost certainly Win 10 will do so if you go that way in the future.

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#10
January 24, 2016 at 14:21:21
Howtogeek.com has some idea Why Did Microsoft Disable System Restore in Windows 10. Quoted:

Microsoft hasn’t really explained why it’s not enabling System Restore by default. However, we do have some idea. System Restore can use quite a bit of disk space when it creates those snapshots, and Microsoft is trying to get Windows 10’s disk space requirements down. Microsoft wants Windows 10 to run on devices with as little as 16 GB of internal storage — all the better to compete with Chromebooks and cheap Android tablets.

System Restore is also less necessary thanks to other features in Windows 10 that can quickly get your Windows system back to a fresh state without a full reinstallation of Windows. Windows 10’s PC reset feature that will give you a fresh Windows system without necessarily wiping your files is one big help here.

i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 User


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#11
January 24, 2016 at 14:25:20
XpUser
Thanks for the info. I've stacks of free HD space so I'll keep Sys Restore invoked as another fixit option.

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