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    Newly installed apps not showing up on Windows 8.1 Start Screen

    I'm wondering if others have encountered this.

    I recently needed to do a clean reinstall on my desktop computer - an HP. For a variety of reasons, I needed to do a full clean reinstall, meaning:
    • Full clean reinstall of Windows 7 from the HP Recovery partition
    • Download and clean install of WIndows 8 Pro 64-bit (including format of the C drive) from the Microsoft site
    • Multiple runs of Windows Update to install all updates
    • Download and install of Windows 8.1 from the WIndows store


    Now that I'm installing programs (ie, Windows 8.1 is up and running), I'm encountering a problem I've not seen before. Regardless of the apps I'm installing:
    • Office 365
    • Apps from the Windows store
    • Apps with their own installer


    the apps are NOT showing up on the Windows 8 start screen (ie, the Metro interface). The apps are installed. I can successfully search for them and manually pin them to the start screen. That's not the problem. I would like to restore (actually start) the behavior where newly installed apps automatically show up on the Start screen - particularly when they're Microsoft apps that I install from Microsoft or from the Windows store.

    Any thoughts? Thanks.

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    None,
    but all of your apps should stay on the start screen once they are pinned there from your list of apps
    located by clicking on the down arrow on the lower left corner of the start screen.

    It looks to me like one has to retrieve them from there from now on.
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    That's the behavior Microsoft wanted for Windows 8.1. It's like that for all apps, it's a change introduced with Windows 8.1. I don't know of a way to change that.
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    Thanks so much, folks. I didn't notice on any other machines, as everything else was an update from a pre-existing WIndows 8 system with everything already on the start screen - and somehow I missed reading the little nugget that this is what MS wanted. Ah, well.... Yes, I can live with it and make it work. Best regards,

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    Yes, that would be consistent with what I've found after upgrading; my apps were on the start screen, as previously,
    but they didn't all work.

    Except for one: "To Do List" It was transferred over from the Windows 8 upgrade to 8.1 without issue.

    The nice thing about 8.1 is that it provides a history of all your installed apps from within the store and offers to reinstall them for you.
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Windows 8.1, 64 bit
    Motherboard: DX58SO2*Chipset: X58 Express/Intel ICH10*BIOS: SOX5820J.86A.0888.2012.0129.2203*Processor: Intel Core i7 CPU X 990
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 580*Memory: Corsair 12 GB, 4x3@1600*PSU: Corsair HX1000*Hard drives: REVO X2 160GB*OCZ VERT X3 120GB*5 mechanical storage drives (12 TB) total.

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