Windows 8: Get back your Pinned Items on Start Screen

If you are wondering about how you can backup or restore all the pinned items on your Windows 8 start screen automatically after a clean install, then here is the tutorial for it. You can not only restore your pinned items but also preserve how you have your pinned items organized and named. Follow the tutorial below to get back your pinned items.

restore pinned items on start Screen windows 8

The pinned items may be files, folders, apps, programs, and drives. You can get all your currently pinned items in a single click after a clean install.

This is possible because all pinned Start items are saved in the files at both hidden folder locations i.e.

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak
To restore your pinned items, you need to back up and restore the above mentioned files using a BAT file.

Back Up Pinned Items on Start Screen in Windows 8

  • Firstly, you need to download the Backup-Pinned_Start_Items.bat file and then run it
  • Upon prompted, click on Run
  • As the explorer restarts, the screen starts flickering

Upon following all the steps described above, you can now see all your Start-Pinned-Items-Backup folder on your desktop

pinned items

Restore Pinned Items on Start Screen in Windows 8

  • In order to get back all the pinned items on start screen, make sure all the items are still installed to the same location as it was before clean install. As the pinned items are nothing but a shortcut, if the file path changes then it fails to restore the item.
    Now, move or copy the Start-Pinned-Items-Backup folder created from the step above to your Windows 8 desktop
  • Next, you need to download Restore-Pinned_Start_Items.bat and run it
  • Upon prompted, click on Run
  • You will see the same changes as observed in the step mentioned above.

Upon following all the steps discussed above you can now see all pinned Start items are backed up and have been restored. If you want to get rid of the Run prompt this can be achieved by simply unblocking the downloaded .bat file

So, if you have reinstalled your Windows 8 and don’t want to pin items one by one, then follow the steps discussed above to backup and restore your pinned items on your Windows 8 start screen.

Start-Pinned-Items-Backup and Restore-Pinned_Start_Items.bat files are created by eightforums.

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