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Reset / Unpin all items in Windows 8 Start Screen

If you want to reset Windows 8 start screen to its defaults, go through this article. After using Windows 8 for some days you may find many shortcuts are pinned on your Windows 8 start screen. They can be created by some rogue program. It would be a painful work for you to right-click on every item and then click Unpin to remove them. You can reset or unpin all these items simply entering a command in command prompt. After entering the command your Windows 8 Start Screen will look like exactly the same when you first installed Windows 8.

Windows 8 start screen

Steps to Reset / Unpin all items in Windows 8 Start Screen

1. First of all Open Administrative Command Prompt

2. Type the folowing command in command prompt

del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms
del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak
tskill explorer

and hit Enter.

3. You can also copy-paste this code in Command Prompt. Copy the above command and right-click in Command Prompt and Paste it.

Paste code in Command Prompt

4. That’s it. You have successfully reset your Windows 8 Start Screen to its original state.


Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.