Sunday, 19 January 2014


What's Windows 8 Start Screen?

The Windows 8 Start screen is the gateway to your PC and usually the first thing you see
when you log in, unless you've chosen to go directly to the desktop.

Why do I need to backup my Windows 8 Start Screen layout?

The update to Windows 8.1 also introduced many more
customization options to the Start screen.
Whether you use the Start screen only on occasion or rely on it heavily, you've probably spent some time setting it up just the way you like it.
To save you from having to go through it again when you reinstall Windows or if your Start screen gets rearranged
accidentally, you can back up your layout and restore it later.

How do I backup and Restore your Windows 8 start screen layout?

Step 1: Open the Run dialog box by hitting Windows key + R.

Step 2: Type this:


and hit Enter to open Windows Explorer to the location of the Start screen
layout files.

Step 3: Copy the files, "appsFolder.itemdata-ms" and "appsfolder.itemdata-ms.bak" to your backup folder.

If something happens to your Start screen layout and you want to restore it, just copy
the backup files back to the original location and overwrite the files already in the folder.

That's it! *shikenna*

So whenever someone rearranges your Windows 8 Start screen, you can relax and restore it in just a few minutes.

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Source: CNET

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