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    Missing desktop and shortcuts

    I have had 2 different machines fail on me over the last 2 weeks after Windows Updates.
    One (a Toshiba laptop) lost all the shortcuts and software installed by me after a reboot even though the program folders are still there.
    All the software factory supplied is still present.
    The other one has lost the Desktop shortcut from the Start Screen and it's no longer listed in Apps so I cannot access the desktop.

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    The Windows key + X will bring up the menu that should let you access the Desktop.

    Have you tried a system restore to a time before the updates?
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

    "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware.
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    You can download the Desktop shortcut here: How to Restore Missing "Desktop" Tile on Start Screen in Windows 8

    Bruce

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    Number 2 is fixed with system restore but the Tosh laptop still has missing/broken shortcuts. It's as though the registry has got damaged somehow during windows updates.

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    Open an elevated command prompt and run sfc /scannow
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

    "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware.
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