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Missing Desktop tile

    Question

  • Hi ,

    My os is windows 8 Pro ,and recently  i have missed my desktop tile which can return to desktop .I know someone can delete it form modern UI and add it for all Apps .However , there is no desktop tile in my "All Apps".And now i only can get the desktop via "Ctrl + D".So please help me to get my desktop tile back.


    Thursday, November 01, 2012 6:14 AM

Answers

  • I suggest to perform a system refresh to fix this issue.

    Follow the steps below to restore your PC:
    Enter the Start screen
    Click Control Panel
    Click General on the left column
    Under the Refresh your PC without affecting your files, click Get started

    Then follow the instructions that will be displayed on the screen.

    Regards,

    Leo   Huang


    Leo Huang

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, November 05, 2012 2:38 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Press Win+Q, and input desktop. Right click Desktop and click pin to start.


    Leo Huang

    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, November 02, 2012 9:36 AM
  • Hi Leo,

    I've got the same problem but when searching within all apps "Desktop" does not get listed...only Remote Desktop Connection and Skype for Desktop.

    Any other ideas?

    Sunday, November 04, 2012 6:49 AM
  • I suggest to perform a system refresh to fix this issue.

    Follow the steps below to restore your PC:
    Enter the Start screen
    Click Control Panel
    Click General on the left column
    Under the Refresh your PC without affecting your files, click Get started

    Then follow the instructions that will be displayed on the screen.

    Regards,

    Leo   Huang


    Leo Huang

    TechNet Community Support

    Monday, November 05, 2012 2:38 AM
  • The file was actually deleted - getting the same file from another machine resolved my problem (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop.lnk).

    Running SFC does not replace this file (my guess is because it is not really a "system" file). Is there no way to recreate this desktop tile file in a similar fashion to the way one is able to re-create the "Show desktop" icon for the quick launch as per KB article 190355? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/190355

    Thursday, January 03, 2013 10:32 AM
  • Your kidding...

    A missing lnk file and you are suggesting to do a refresh.

    This happen to me on my Server 2012 r2 system and I am not about to refresh the OS files for a shortcut.

    Just copy the lnk file from any compatible OS (Win8.1 or Server 2012 r2) to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder and its fixed.

    Saturday, February 08, 2014 11:34 PM
  • Thank you for your post, much more helpful then Leo...
    Saturday, February 08, 2014 11:35 PM
  • Your kidding...

    A missing lnk file and you are suggesting to do a refresh.

    This happen to me on my Server 2012 r2 system and I am not about to refresh the OS files for a shortcut.

    Just copy the lnk file from any compatible OS (Win8.1 or Server 2012 r2) to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder and its fixed.


    I thought the same thing when reading this....you've got to be kidding.  Performing a refresh will cause the user to reinstall many apps and email settings, plus last time I did this I even had to reinstall Office 365.  Sounds like a canned response. 
    Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:43 PM
  • Hi I have the same problem and tried the refresh but I lost all my settings and had to set up the PC again which took 4 hours, this is not a good idea.  Basically we pay for an OS that is not fit for purpose because the icons should not go missing in the first place.  Looking at the number of same complaints I think it is time that Microsoft got a proper working OS it just continues to rip off the public with its sub-standard software and that also goes for office 365, another abortion.  I am switching all our PC's to Apple when we replace the complete office next year.

    Not a happy MS user since the days after MSDOS

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:41 PM