Backup and restore a Windows 8 start screen tiles

For any reason, you may want to restore the layout of the tiles on a Windows 8 start screen. Windows takes a snapshot of the layout and stores it to a file which is called:


This file is located into the following directory:



When changes are made, a backup file is created with .bak extension.

Note: If you are using roaming profiles, Windows copies this “appsFolder.itemdata-ms” file to the root of the profile:


So if you want to restore this file:

  1. You must have a backup of this file or you can use the “appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak” file.
  2. Run the following script to restore the layout:

This script does not require admin rights.

This script does not uninstall your apps.


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I work as an IT Production Manager, based in Paris (France) with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. I have 10 years experience in administering Windows Servers. . I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management. I also received the PowerShell Hero 2016 award by PowerShell.0rg. And finally, I am "MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure", "MCSA: Windows Servers", "Administering & Deploying SCCM", and CheckPoint CCSA certified.