Windows – Reset / Unpin all items in Windows 8 Start Screen quickly

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I got 200+ shortcuts pinned on the Windows 8 start screen by some rogue program.

It would be a pain to right-click every item and then click Unpin to remove them:

Is there a way to remove all the items from the start screen easily?

Best Answer

    1. Open Command Prompt (Admin) by pressing Win + X, A

    2. Copy these lines:

      del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms
      del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak
      tskill explorer
    3. Right-click in Command Prompt and select Paste:

    4. Press Enter.

    5. You're done. Now the Windows 8 start screen will reset to its original state:

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