How to Restore Metro CP, Remote Desktop and Windows Store (and how they disappear)

Discussion in 'Windows 8 Software' started by Mitchell_A, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

    Feb 7, 2009
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    Well guys, I finally nailed the problem on the head today (mind you, I could have last week if I wasn't so lazy):

    CCleaner (and any other registry cleaners) that scans for invalid shortcuts or application path references will delete three keys required by Windows 8 to display the metro CP, Windows Store and metro Remote Desktop. These keys are as follows:
    Please note that in CCleaner, the problem arises when the user scans for invalid Start Menu/Desktop shortcuts from within the cleaning dialog, not the registry scanner.

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Store.lnk\C:\Users\Mitch\Desktop\notused

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Immersive Control Panel.lnk\C:\Users\Mitch\Desktop\notused

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Immersive RemoteDesktop.lnk\C:\Users\Mitch\Desktop\notused

    So when using ANY registry cleaning software, be sure to look through the scan prior to removing keys and UNSELECT these three "invalid" shortcuts. Although, I still don't understand why this made the apps completely inaccessible (via some external links in the normal CP, etc) and quite frankly, I don't care.

    If you have already deleted the keys, you can restore from a registry backup (if you created one prior to cleanup) OR use system restore.
    Thanks for your help guys, and I hope this solves the problem for others as well :)
    #1 Mitchell_A, Oct 22, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 22, 2011
  2. OldTimer

    OldTimer Banned

    Jul 19, 2010
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    I'd rather get an enema with Mexican Chili, than let CCleaner anywhere near my PC.
    It destroyed it twice, , , NEVER AGAIN! NEVER AGAIN! NEVER AGAIN!

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