How to Fix the Accessory Folder Gone Missing in Windows 10

Dave LeClair 12-05-2016

Do you like the apps and tools offered in the Windows Accessory folder? The Accessories Folder in Windows 10 Is a Useful Hidden Gem Wondering where the Accessories folder went in Windows 10? Here's where to find it and how it might prove useful to you. Read More Have you ever found that the folder missing from the Windows 10 Start Menu 6 Tools to Tweak the Windows 10 Start Menu The Windows 10 Start Menu combines the best features of Windows 7 with Windows 8 live tiles. If you'd prefer a different look and long for a major overhaul, here are the tools you'll need. Read More ? We’ve heard some people complaining that this has happened to them, and we’re here to show you how to bring it back!


First, open a run window by typing Windows + R. Now, enter the following into it:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

This will open the folder in which all of your Start Menu programs are contained. Scroll down the list and see if the Folder Windows Accessories is listed there. If it is, then you should also see it in the Start Menu. Make sure it’s in the Programs folder and not placed under a subfolder, as that could cause issues with it displaying.

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If it’s not there, then of course it won’t be in the Start Menu, which is why you’re here in the first place. Sadly, the fix isn’t super easy. You’ll need to install a second Windows 10 partition Be the First to Test New Windows 10 Builds as Windows Insider Windows Insiders are the first to test new Windows 10 builds. They are also the first to suffer from bugs. Here we show you how to join or leave the program and how to share... Read More (you can use the freely available builds in the preview program), and then copy the Windows 10 Accessories to the folder listed above.

Then, you can go back to your normal Windows 10 installation to get access to the Accessories like you always would.


Do you use any of the tools in the Windows Accessory Folder? Which is your favorite?

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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