Windows Settings app Taskbar icon missing

  1. Posts : 10
    Windows 10

    Windows Settings app Taskbar icon missing

    Whenever I open the Win10 settings app (SystemSettings.exe) it shows up on my taskbar with a Blank icon.

    This doesn't affect the way windows runs, but it does look quite weird when I have several other icons on the taskbar and then there is just this blank spot in between them (and that's my Settings button). I'm pretty sure that this was caused by my use of a registry cleaner (I know, I know...). Despite that, I would like to try and resolve the issue if possible.

    Things I've done:
    Repair Install Windows 10 (LTSC)
    Rename "C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel" to something else and then reinstall it.
    DISM (tried various things)

    No matter how I word the search engine search-phrase, it seems like I'm the only person under the sun who's dealing with this, which is why I decided to try opening a thread here. If anyone has any suggestions (that aren't pertaining to scolding me for using a reg cleaner), please let me know. Thank you.

    Here's a screenshot
    Windows Settings app Taskbar icon missing-missing-settings-icon.png
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  2. Posts : 42,966
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, see:
    Why is my "Settings" icon invisible?
    - I searched tenforums for you...

    Otherwise first try a diagnostic check. Is it a problem specific to your current user account?
    Create a new user for test purposes - delete it later.
    Do you have the same problem when logged in as that user?

    If it is specific to your account you can try reinstalling Settings:
    Reinstall and Re-register Apps in Windows 10
    E.g. Option 2.
    If not, you've already tried general Windows repairs, so that leaves research and some luck.

    Of course, there my be other problems you're not yet aware of.....

    Always try to have a means of reverting changes- which of course only helps if you notice a problem soon after it has been created. E.g.
    - I have a daily restore point created on schedule (Tutorial available)
    - Use disk imaging regularly and routinely
    - Create a restore point before a questionable or significant change
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  3. Posts : 67
    Win10 Home 64-bit, MX-Linux

    I had the same problem with the Settings app icon a while back. I solved it by right-clicking the (blank) Settings shortcut on the task bar,
    selecting Properties then on the Shortcut tab of the dialog clicked the Change Icon button. Then on the further dialog that pops up clicked
    on the Browse button and navigated to c:\\windows\system32\shell32.dll. On the panel of icons that appears, I found the correct Settings
    icon all the way to the right: selected/opened it, and OK'd out of all the dialogs.
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  4. Posts : 10
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Well, to dalchina... I tried making a dummy account like you suggested and the icon is still missing there. I tried running the powershell commandlet for ImmersiveControlPanel and that hasn't helped.

    This seems more like an annoyance than a problem, but as you've said, who knows what else could be out of order. Generally speaking though, my system is always stable and never short on resources. It was a mid level gaming laptop when I got it 2 years ago and it's been a solid machine. I was really shocked when this missing icon issue persisted through a Repiar Install of Windows. I thought for SURE that replacing the entire \Windows directory would have solved that. Well, thanks I'll keep at it.

    kreemoweet, I wasn't able to follow along with your suggestions. When I right-click the Settings icon on the taskbar, I have no options for Properties. Could be that my Windows is LTSC, which means it literally comes with nothing on it. But thanks for the reply!
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  5. Posts : 42,966
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Thank you for your reply.

    More options in the link I quoted, where some solved this in their case.
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