Missing Start Menu icons. Solved

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  1. gregyurkon's Avatar
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    Windows 10.0.17134.48 (1803) Home 64-bit
       06 Jun 2018 #1

    Missing Start Menu icons.


    A lot of my Start Menu icons have recently disappeared. Both tiles and "All Apps" entries. The missing items range from games to Windows features. For example "Windows Accessories" only has three items listed and "Windows Administrative Tools" is missing altogether.

    The only thing I've done recently, which might have caused this is running CCleaner.

    I tried "chkdsk c: /f /r", "SFC /ScanNow", "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup", and "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth", and "Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + \appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml)}", but none of that worked. Is there something else I can try?

    (I suspect that I might be misusing the term "icon," because the alternate method at the site where I found that PowerShell command starts, "1. Hold-and-press or right click the missing icon....")
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  2. Wiley Coyote's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.194)
       06 Jun 2018 #2

    Altogether missing I don't know about. But after a major update some of mine go blank. I've found right click where I know it's supposed to be and it will popup the menu with "Resize" and pick a different size. It will repopulate only with a different size. Resize it again and it's alright until maybe the next update. Doesn't happen to all of them, or any particular one(s) repeatedly. But it's a workaround for me.
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  3. gregyurkon's Avatar
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    Windows 10.0.17134.48 (1803) Home 64-bit
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       06 Jun 2018 #3

    Right-clicking the empty spot has no effect.
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  4. Wiley Coyote's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.194)
       06 Jun 2018 #4

    I really didn't think it would be so simple, but thought just maybe? Sorry it didn't work and that I don't have anything else to offer. Someone will chime in soon enough with a solution. don't give up on these people. they represent a wealth of knowledge and are more than willing to share it.
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  5. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       06 Jun 2018 #5

    In-place repair? Let it try to put it all back together? You won't lose any data or progs. Takes 30 minutes or so.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  6. davidhk's Avatar
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    windows 10 Home threshold2
       06 Jun 2018 #6

    gregyurkon said: View Post
    A lot of my Start Menu icons have recently disappeared. Both tiles and "All Apps" entries. The missing items range from games to Windows features. For example "Windows Accessories" only has three items listed and "Windows Administrative Tools" is missing altogether.

    The only thing I've done recently, which might have caused this is running CCleaner.

    I tried "chkdsk c: /f /r", "SFC /ScanNow", "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup", and "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth", and "Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}", but none of that worked. Is there something else I can try?

    (I suspect that I might be misusing the term "icon," because the alternate method at the site where I found that PowerShell command starts, "1. Hold-and-press or right click the missing icon....")
    2 suggestions. No guarantees.

    1. Run Start Menu Troubleshooting.
    Here's a direct download link - StartMenu troubleshooter.

    2. Do a Repair Install.
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  7. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       06 Jun 2018 #7

    Clayton, you were the first responder. What do you think?
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  8. Wiley Coyote's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.194)
       06 Jun 2018 #8

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Clayton, you were the first responder. What do you think?
    You have to admit I'm an easy act to follow.
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  9.    06 Jun 2018 #9

    Your User Profile may have gotten corrupted and Windows loaded a Default User Profile.
    In File Explorer, go to the View tab and put a check in box for Hidden Files to view them.
    Browse to C:\Users[UserName]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. This should be all of your start menu programs. You can drag any shortcuts to programs in here that you are missing.
    If all of your Shortcuts (Icons) are here, then your User Profile is corrupted. Fix: Corrupt User Profile in Windows 10
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  10. Bree's Avatar
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       06 Jun 2018 #10

    spunk said: View Post
    ...Browse to C:\Users[UserName]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. This should be all of your start menu programs...
    That's the personal 'per-user' Start menu, there is another one for all users. The "Windows Accessories" and "Windows Administrative Tools" folders should be in the 'all users' Start menu at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.
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