1.    28 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Taskbar Icons Disappear at Start-Up or Re-Start


    The program icons all disappear from the task-bar when I start or restart in Windows 10. But, if I right-click on the task-bar and select: Task Manager > Windows Explorer (right-click) > restart, I get all my icons back until my next start-up or restart and then they’re all gone again. How do I fix the start-up process or is it something else?

    Thanks in anticipation!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2.    28 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 5,788
    Win 10 Pro (1607)

    Hi, welcome to the now-you-see-it, now-you don't-mysterious world of Win 10.

    That's a new one as far as I've seen. Could you clarify:
    Did you upgrade or clean install Win 10?
    Since you installed Win 10, has this always been so, or was it working ok and then 'broke'?

    1. If it was ok, then broke, do you have any relevant system restore points?
    System Restore is peculiarly off by default in Win 10, so you won't unless you turned it on.

    Before doing the following you may like to create a disk image (e.g. Macrium reflect (free) - highly recommended here) or a system restore point to make recovery easy.
    2. Does this happen after a clean boot?
    Clean Boot - Perform in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts - Windows 10 Forums

    3. Download and install Shellexview (free).
    Launch it, hide all MS extensions, disabling all others, and note the 32 bit option in Options which exposes more extensions.
    Do you experience the same symptoms?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Start button & right clicking on taskbar icons suddenly does not work
Something has suddenly changed on my computer (I used the AOL Computer Checkup program yesterday but this problem seems to have started today). Here are the two issues: When I left click on the Start Button, nothing happens. If I right...
General Support
start and taskbar icons were removed after update
I've had my new HP Windows 10 for 2 months. Without asking, it was just updated, and took a couple of hours. When it was completed, all my taskbar icons were removed, I can't access the start button, can't open up "ask me anything" button, and...
General Support
Start Menu Icons Disappear and colour changes
As per title. I'm thinking this might be video driver related as it happens mostly when I'm windowing a game and opening other apps etc. Problem: 35974 Usually it looks like this: 35977
General Support
Start Menu and taskbar icons froze up.
Today the start menu and taskbar froze up and refused to open. I had to do a restart using task manager. Working fine now, but are there any ways to resolve this issue without having to restart the computer, in case this happens next time? A bit...
General Support
Recent Update to the start menu and taskbar icons
Hi, So I've been using Windows 10 for about a week, everything was positive, until today. I downloaded the OS a good few weeks before I installed it so I'm not sure how up-to-date it was, however it's just completely updated itself (I'm not sure...
General Support
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:22.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 10 Forums