How to remove dead shortcuts from All Apps in Windows 8

AllAppsSometimes Windows applications fail to properly remove shortcuts to themselves when all installed. Whereas previous versions of Windows allowed you to delete dead shortcuts like these directly from the Start menu, there’s no such feature in Windows 8. Here’s how to get it done:

  1. In the All Apps listing, right click on the offending shortcut
  2. In the options at the bottom of the screen, click Open File Location
  3. Delete the corresponding shortcut In the File Explorer window that opens subsequently
  4. Close all File Explorer windows
  5. Right click on the taskbar
  6. Click Task Manager
  7. In the window that opens, find and select Windows Explorer
  8. Click Restart as below. This will force the All Apps listing to update
Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 8 smartly uses Restart instead of End Task for Windows Explorer's Task Manager entry
Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 8 smartly uses Restart instead of End Task for Windows Explorer’s Task Manager entry

 

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Author: jdrch

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5 thoughts on “How to remove dead shortcuts from All Apps in Windows 8”

  1. hasn’t worked for me. impossible to delete the files and even when resorting to deleting the entire folder containing it it just remakes the folder with the files still in it, this has only happened for me with world of warcraft and diablo3 which is really aggravating

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