Windows 10: All icons, throughout my system (W10), have gone but description Solved

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       02 Dec 2017 #11

    Just a thought but see what is shown here:

    Winkey+R then type regedit and press enter

    Navigate to

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons

    See what shows up.

    Easy way to clear icon cache is Winkey+R then type ie4uinit -show then press Enter.
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  2.    03 Dec 2017 #12

    Callender,
    This is what I have, I don't know what I'm looking for.

    Tom.

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  3.    03 Dec 2017 #13

    I've just tried the Winkey + R method and like before the only thing it did was make the faulty icons in the taskbar blink but nothing else.

    Tom.
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  4.    03 Dec 2017 #14

    Tommygunn said: View Post
    I've just tried the Winkey + R method and like before the only thing it did was make the faulty icons in the taskbar blink but nothing else.

    Tom.
    The exact same issue happened to me two days ago. I tried lots of ideas to fix. Only one worked for me. You have to do a Repair Windows Install. You will not lose any of your personal files or app's if done correctly. This process does take time to complete.
    After doing your repair I would also strongly recommend making a complete image backup of your C-drive using Macrium Reflect. Read Brinks Tutorial before running the repair, there is even a video to watch if you need it.
    This method DOES Work !!!!

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    Macrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free
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  5.    03 Dec 2017 #15

    The installation media (ex: ISO or USB) must be the same edition and same or newer build as your currently installed Windows 10. If it's not, then the repair install will fail.
    To do a repair install can I simply use my purchased Windows 10 Home 64bit USB or do I have to download to another USB the latest version with the latest updates e.g. Version and OS Build?

    Tom.
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  6.    03 Dec 2017 #16

    Tommygunn said: View Post
    To do a repair install can I use my purchased Windows 10 USB or do I have to download to another USB the latest version with the latest updates e.g. Version and OS Build?

    Tom.
    You should d/l the MediaCreationTool like it is suggested in the tutorial, and then tell it to make your ISO on your harddrive. You don't need to use any USB drive. Can be done just by mounting the iso on your c-drive.
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  7.    03 Dec 2017 #17

    You can use your usb drive if you really want too, but its slower, than just using your c-drive. You Need the lastest version of Windows, thats why I suggest using the MediaCreationTool method.

    This is going to take you a while, even on my rig, it took me over an hour or so to complete.
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  8.    03 Dec 2017 #18

    Ok, will do.

    Tom.
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  9.    03 Dec 2017 #19

    Also Tommy, after you finish repairing your Windows, and your all done, You will have a Windows.Old folder on your C-drive. This folder will be huge, you can remove it by running Disk Cleanup (Click system files) and Disk cleanup will remove your Windows.Old folder. This whole process does take a lot of time. But it will repair your Windows.
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  10.    03 Dec 2017 #20

    Old Mike,
    Ok, I'll keep an eye out for that and delete it asap.

    Cheers,
    Tom.
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