Windows 10: User-installed Application Icons on Start Menu went away. Solved

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  1.    18 Aug 2015 #1

    User-installed Application Icons on Start Menu went away.

    Yet another reason I think the W10 release was premature. By about a year!

    After pinning some user-installed applications to the Start Menu they looked fine. Today, all the icons that should be displayed in the buttons are gone. To determine what a given button does I have to hover over it, and the title appears in text. They still work to institute execution but are surely not the intuitive, user-friendly stuff we are suppose to applaud in W10.

    Like my other problems of this nature, restart does nothing to correct the problem. And I cannot remove and reinstall the buttons since a right-click on them does absolutely nothing. All Windows provided buttons still have their icons, but right clicking on them does nothing either. I can drag-and-drop the icons around on the right side but cannot even resize them since a right-click is useless.

    Check my other posts for several other problems with the GUI.
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  2.    19 Aug 2015 #2

    Note how the icons for all my user-installed applications are missing. (They were there for a while but went away and I can not find any way to get them back.)

    The second picture shows the text description of the application if I hover over the button. Other than that, it is impossible to know what any given icon on the right side for user-installed applications represents. The "All Apps" menu is also missing the icons but the text is always present. (Please excuse the poor quality but I am using a coffee can as a tripod for the 1/2 second exposures.)
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  3.    19 Aug 2015 #3

    I restored one of my other computers. This is how they should look, both on the right side and on the "All Apps" menu.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails P8190028-1.JPG   P8190029.JPG  
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  4. Posts : 38,043
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       19 Aug 2015 #4

    Hello, ARYLIOA. Welcome to Windows Ten Forums. :)

    Are you using the native right-click "Pin to Start" in All apps or some other method?

    They are no longer called icons. They are tiles or live tiles.

    I'm having no such problem with tiles.

    Also, you may want to use these:

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    Here's my Start menu set at full screen.

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  5.    19 Aug 2015 #5

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Hello, ARYLIOA. Welcome to Windows Ten Forums. :)

    Are you using the native right-click "Pin to Start" in All apps or some other method?

    Yes. But note that the icons (see next line) are also missing in the "All Apps" listings.

    They are no longer called icons. They are tiles or live tiles.

    I am not talking about the tiles per se, but the fact that the icons on them, which represent the application, are all blank. They were there, but went away after a couple days. Nothing I have tried will bring them back. Compare pictures in post 2 with pictures in post 3 to see exactly what has happened. Post 3 is the "before", post 2 is the "after". The items don't correspond because I had to use a second machine to show how they used to look.

    I'm having no such problem with tiles.

    I suspect most are not. But I sure am.
    Thanks for the reply. I did search for others having the problem, and haven't really come upon it. And in this case, only the user-installed applications are involved (as opposed to the last post I list at the end, where all are involved).

    This particular computer has given me fits. Two other computers upgraded with no problem. One a pure 32-bit machine, one a 64-bit machine running a 32-bit OS. This one is a pure 64-bit machine with a lot of 32-bit software installed. For the problems I had with installation (very long, and boring, but it showed all the attempts that failed which should have worked) see this:.

    Solved Repeated Install Failure of Windows 10 on Dell 660s 0xC1900101 0x30017 - Windows 10 Forums

    Also see a related post about bad Start Menu behavior beyond the blank tiles. The one that involves all applications, not just user-installed ones.

    Menu Items Do Not Respond to Right-click - Windows 10 Forums

    Something serious has obviously gone wrong.

    Again, thanks for the reply.
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       19 Aug 2015 #6

    Yes, I understand that it's not the functionality of the tile link, but rather the disappearance of the picture (icon) on the tile. I would tend to think that this is a registry entry that is disappearing for some reason. If attempting to install older programs they may be using COM-based components to store configuration information in the Registry. Just a guess.

    You may be better off simply placing icons on the desktop, create toolbars on your Taskbar (Quick Launch), or install Classic Shell.
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  7.    19 Aug 2015 #7

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    ..................... or install Classic Shell.
    I thought about that, but whenever I can tolerate "stock" system features, I do. One problem is a sister who lives 1200 miles away, and gets help from the gurus at the local library but expects me to bail her out when they can't. So I like to keep both systems as close to the same as possible so both the library geeks and the computer weenie (me) are on the same page. Even the fact that she uses IE and I use Firefox is sometimes a problem since I have to bring up IE, with which I am not instantly an expert, to try to find the problem. I had high hopes for Edge for just that reason. November will tell on that, I guess.
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  •    24 Aug 2015 #8

    Could only stand the highly-touted "Return of the Start Menu" so long. Installed Classic Shell.
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       24 Aug 2015 #9

    ARYLIOA said: View Post
    Could only stand the highly-touted "Return of the Start Menu" so long. Installed Classic Shell.
    That may be the wisest choice for you, ARYLIOA. Some don't like the Modern and see it's potential. If one needs to use a computer for work, then one needs it working personably proper so to be productive.

    Good luck to you. :)
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  •    24 Aug 2015 #10

    I find it highly annoying that MS has not build in a simple tool to simply "rescan" your programs folder(s) for programs with .exe extensions so that they entire startup menu could be rebuilt with the click of a button!

    Some developer should get that in the Windows store under Utilities and make a fortune at this point in the evolution of Windows 10 as it is clearly needed by many many early adopters like the guy above and myself as well!
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