How to create a "regular" shortcut from a Metro app?

  • Press Win+R to open Run dialog box.
  • Type explorer shell:AppsFolder in that box.
  • Find the app icon.
  • Right click on that icon and select 'Create Shortcut'
You then can pin the shortcut to Start (or Quick access), however the created shortcut doesn't always have a sexy name. If you want to rename it in the Start menu:
  • rightclick the tile > More > Open file location
  • now you see the tile shortcut in its Start Menu location (%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs)
  • there you can rename the shortcut or even assign another icon to it



0 Find your app in !AllApps

Open AllApps as follows:
  • Windows key + r
  • type: C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-B780-3893943456e1}
  • Alt key > View menu > Details option
  • Alt key > View menu > Choose details…: check "AppUserModelId"
Recognize the desired app by its icon and remember its ID.

Note for Windows 10: rightclick an app and choose "Create shortcut". So you can immediately go to step 3.

1 Get access to the !WindowsApps folder

Explore the !C:\Program Files\WindowsApps folder and follow the link in the alert box to the security tab to become owner of the folder. Don't forget to check the "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects" check box!

Copy your app's AppUserModelId, eg.: 61828Andev.64351AC142397_1.1.0.45_neutral__a3kq34fjf8yq8

Leave the red part out of it (see AllApps for the correct name).

2 Create the Start8 shortcut

Create a new shortcut and add the following location for it:

C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\61828Andev.64351AC142397_a3kq34fjf8yq8!App

Give it a name and you have a working shortcut.

3 Add the correct icon

App related images are always in the following subfolder:
  • Windows 8.x: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\<AppUserModelId>\Assets
  • Windows 10: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\<AppUserModelId>\Images
However, a real .ico file is missing. Convert a .png file into an .ico online: or

4 Personal data

The AllApps folder only contains the static data of the app.

Your user specific data are stored in C:\Users\boossy\AppData\Local\Packages\...

5 Restore WindowsApps permissions

icacls "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" /reset /t /c /q

Topic revision: r14 - 21 March 2019, StijnBousard
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