Windows Icon List Sometimes Doesn't Work or Many Programs Labeled 'New Solved

  1.    05 Feb 2018 #1

    Windows Icon List Sometimes Doesn't Work or Many Programs Labeled 'New

    My Dell Laptop recently had two hard drive "errors". These have been taken care of/repaired per system msgs. I also ran chkdisk /f. Didn't get any msgs.

    I posted about this last week and got some guidance but have some continuing problems. Sometimes when I look at the list you get when you click the Windows icon, the list looks normal but if I click say Windows Accessories, I don't get a list of them, and the Icon list disappears. Other times all the Windows Programs and quite few others in the Icon list are labeled 'New'. When I click on a 'New" item it gives the expected response.

    Also, over half the items in my Start list screen have disappeared.

    What is causing this strange, very inconvenient behavior? What can be done?
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  2.    06 Feb 2018 #2

    Hi, are you running Win 7 or 10? If 10, please complete and update your specs (see mine for comparison - a tutorial on that is available if you need it).

    If Win 7, please try the Win 7 forum. Thanks. Windows 7 Help Forums

    Suggest you go back a step and run the following so we can see better what might be happening.

    Please run the following integrity checks:
    Download and run Hard Disk Sentinel (trial) and post a screenshot of its GUI. It gives a very clear indication of the state of your disk.
    If OK: From an admin command prompt run
    chkdsk c: /scan
    and post a screenshot of the result.
    If OK: From that prompt run
    and post a screenshot of the result.

    To post a screenshot please use the icon above your post to the left of the video icon
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  3.    06 Feb 2018 #3

    OK, I've put in the specs for this laptop (the problem system).

    I'll run the suggested checks and get back to you.


    Gar Cooper
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  4.    06 Feb 2018 #4

    If all those pass, and your only problem relates to the Start Menu, then try one of these as you think most appropriate:
    Reset Start Layout in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    Start Menu Troubleshooter in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    Re-register Start Menu in Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials

    (It's interesting that no-one reports problems with the free start menu replacement Classic Shell - whose development has sadly been discontinued!)
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  5.    06 Feb 2018 #5

    The scans (attached) all seem OK. The Sentinel screen came up almost instantly. I don't feel like it had time to actually do any checking of the disk. I played with it but kept getting the same results.

    The Windows Icon list seems OK this morning. The 'new' labels are gone. However,
    that problem has come and gone a couple of times.

    Thanks for the tutorials on Start Menu problems. I'll work on that.

    Can we keep this thread open for a few days till I see how things go?


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  6.    06 Feb 2018 #6

    Those are all great results. Given your comment originally about your disk it seemed wise to do that.

    HDD Sentinel looks at the SMART parameters and gives a report. That's quick. It can do more e.g. from the Disk tab, but not needed here I think.

    If the problem recurs, try the tutorials, then if that doesn't help, try creating a new user for test purposes and see if you see the problem logged in as that user. If not, time to start thinking about 3rd party programs, e.g. a clean boot.
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