I removed Python 2.7 and some packages attached to it by mistake, I've to reinstall the desktop and other utilities, but I couldn't figure out how with this one. Only way to change screen resolution by now is editing config.text,( raspi-config doesn't work and screen option in Raspberry Pi Configuration doesn't exist) since I work with my Pi in several monitors, it's tedious to change this way. So, I wish to know if there's a command to get back the packages built-in in a fresh installation, or "Screen Configuration" has a name to be installed?, considering I don't want to reflash

  • Try installing the package arandr. Use e.g. sudo apt update && sudo apt install arandr
    – Dirk
    Feb 6, 2020 at 21:34
  • How did you access this Screen Configuration package before? I can't seem to find it on my Pi (running the latest Raspbian Buster)
    – user96931
    Feb 6, 2020 at 21:41

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You can install Screen Configuration with sudo apt install -y arandr.

What you really want to do is see what you uninstalled. Easy: This command shows you what is in the apt-get log file:

cat /var/log/apt/history.log

Still missing something? You can quickly compare what your desktop looks like vs default Raspbian using my vdesktop tool. Essentially it boots any Raspbian .img file and then connects to it like a remote desktop.
Here's a screenshot of me running Stretch inside Buster.Running both Stretch and Buster on the same Pi[2]
Of course, you want to run a Buster img with vdesktop. These commands will do that for you:

git clone https://github.com/Botspot/vdesktop
chmod +x /home/pi/vdesktop/vdesktop
wget https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspbian/images/raspbian-2019-09-30/2019-09-26- 
unzip /home/pi/2019-09-26-raspbian-buster.zip
sudo /home/pi/vdesktop/vdesktop /home/pi/2019-09-26-raspbian-buster.zip

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