"Refreshed" Windows 8, and now Windows key is missing

I did a Windows refresh on my computer(Windows 8 64 bit) and now the Windows key is missing from the lower left corner of the taskbar. Is there a way to get it back? Thanks in advance.WINDOWS ICONWINDOWS ICON
sheana11Asked:
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Luis MouraCommented:
Hello

Refresh mean, a fresh installation of windows?

Did you check the propreties of the taskbar?
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Benjamin VoglarIT ProCommented:
Did you install all updates for Windows 8?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
If you mean the GWX (Get Windows 10) icon
All updates installed and ready to fly ...Then yes, you need to visit Windows Update and bring your "refreshed" install completely up-to-date.  Then the icon will reappear with update KB3035583.

Did you mean Windows 8 or 8.1 though? - if you're back to Windows 8 you'll need to upgrade to 8.1 before you do anything else.

You don't actually need the icon to upgrade though, if you've a qualifying version of the operating system you can move to Windows 10 by downloading the Win10 installer and running it from inside Windows 8.1
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Windows 8 doesn't have the start menu icon on the taskbar. but it still works if you press the windows key. Windows 8.1 added it back
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Arghh!  "Lower left" - good call David :)
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
this is what he was referring to.. and it doesm't exist in windows 8
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sheana11Author Commented:
Thanks, this answers all issues around my question. The "refresh" rolled it back from 8.1 to 8.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
So was it the "Start" button or the Windows 10 Upgrade icon you were looking for?
If it was the "Start" button then you've accepted the wrong answer!
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Luis MouraCommented:
I agree with MASQ
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sheana11Author Commented:
Hi, I'm looking for the icon that looks like the picture I attached, only it's in the lower left corner of the screen, on the taskbar. When I click on it, it does the same thing as hitting the actual key on the keyboard.

Don't I have to upgrade to 8.1 before installing any other upgrades?

If I have misunderstood your answer, then is there a way to correct my awarding of points? I have to make sure we're talking about the same thing.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
David should get the points for  40975246  at best I highlighted that you're back with Win8 and need to get to 8.1 before adding the updates but I was looking at the Upgrade to Windows 10 icon which is on the right of the screen.
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