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Q: Deleted apps and icons

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4500 @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3034 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Drives: C: 283 GB (188 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0N7J7M
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

Yesterday I ran the "Recovery and reset " programme on my laptop, after the programme ran and Windows was re-installed a list of apps had been removed, all of the desk top icons have been altered .... the web site name still remains, but the icons are all now what I presume are in default mode. The Dell Dock is missing and clicking on the icon I get a notification that the path does not exist ?. I think that I have really goofed this time !, is there a way to restore the apps and icons ?.
Thank you

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Preferred Solution: Deleted apps and icons

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Does anyone know how to clear out deleted Windows Store apps from the computer? When you go into the Windows Store and right click and choose 'your apps' the selection 'apps not istalled on this pc' still shows apps that I have deleted. I only installed on one device (unless they auto-install to the xbox360 also?). I cannot see how to clear out previously deleted apps. See attached pic to see what I am talking about.

Thanks!

A:Clear Deleted Store Apps (ie apps not istalled on this pc)

hope its not too soon to rebump...not critical but I want to figure this out...thx!

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Hello all,

I am new here, although I did come here quite a few times and many times found the solution :-)

My problem is (I am on 1511) that some icons of removed (by powershell) apps reapeared, and there seem to be no way to get rid of them. Nothing I have found had worked (like going to start menu folder and deleting the shorcuts).

Namely it's MicrosoftWindowsAlarms, MicrosoftZuneMusic, MicrosoftWindowsPhotos, and in Apps the name looks like this: @{Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_10.1607.1991.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwems-resource--Microsoft.WindowsAlarms-Resources-AppName-Text}

Moreover, few days ago some "new" apps have materialized - that was a shock........no update, nothing, out of blue I had about 10 unwanted apps in my all apps...............crazy.

Any thoughts?

P.S. Normally I deffer updates by turning the service off and/or metered connection. Now I have left it on by mistake...........still should not install against my will some unwanted apps..........and as I said, no update.....

A:Icons of uninstalled apps showing in All apps

Those left-over icons may be a result of deleting programs instead of using Control Panel, Programs and Features to uninstall the programs. When a program is installed the install routine puts the program files in either C:\Program Files [32-bit] or C:\Program Files for 64-bit or C:\Program Files (x86) for 32-bit depending upon which version of the OS is in use. It will also create the icons, write support files to C:\Windows or other Folders and create Registry entries so Windows knows how to run the program. The uninstall routine is supposed to get rid of everything associated, don't know if PowerShell can do it as cleanly.

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Hi there

If you wish to create easily custom desktop Icons from images captured then you can use the LAST FREE VERSION of ICOFX (It Used to be freeware - everybody seems to be trying to Monetise every possible item now -but the last FREE version is still available and the paid version doesn't really have much to offer if you just want to create ICONS).

Last Freeware version: DiskDigger, Amic Email Backup, Mystic Thumbs, IcoFX, phpDesigner, Xinorbis

@Brink - I added a question in your tutorial about How to create the ICONS for Metro apps as you used Custom ZIP one in your example -- perhaps you could delete the remark or refer to the above program which does it easily

1) For Metro simply open the tile and press PRT SCREEN before the application starts
2) Paste to ms WORD / WORDPAD (Standard comes with Windows enter WORDPAD in the Start box)
3) Use Snipping tool to select a reasonable rectangle of the ICON and save as PNG file
4) Import into the ICOFX program - Will create Icon for you
5) Save as .ICO file
6) Now ready to use in Windows.
Cheers
jimbo

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I had upgraded to Win 8 pro from Win 7 by digital download from MS and installed on 1 desktop and 2 notebooks. All upgrades went fine. However only the desktop functioned normally. Both the notebooks would not function as expected.

The problem started soon after installation. The Tiles became unresponsive, the screen would blank out when any of the Tiles were clicked. Tried contacting MS support, only to waste 2 hours while the Tech checked settings etc. but to no avail. I was told that I would be transferred up to level 2 support but since I had no more time or patience I have not followed this up till now.

Refresh Windows had been tried once. With no change.

In my infinite wisdom the next day I tried Refresh a second time and lo and behold all my installed Applications (software) vanished including MS Office 2010. Cannot be seen or found by search. The same is the case with notebook no. 2.

At this point I do not care about the tiles etc. just getting my apps and associated data back intact. With Explorer I can see that these program files still reside on the HD. When I tried to invoke them directly by clicking the appropriate .exe files I got the message the " ERROR The operating system is not configured properly to run these applications."

Please any input will be highly appreciated. I am desperate. Thank you

A:Refresh deleted my Apps

Well this is a new one...

By 'refresh' I think you mean reinstall windows? In that case all of your programs WILL disappear...

The best guess as to why windows 8 doesn't work good is because notebooks aren't fully supported for some reason. There are a few people asking about this, and Microsoft might add in more support in future updates for this.

There was a similar thread where someone posted asking if Microsoft will eventually add support for net books...

Personally I think Microsoft intends to let net books, notebooks and any other similar device die. With the new tablets out, there really seems no need for them it seems. So if your notebooks don't get supported in future updates, you'll know why.

Sorry to say...

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Hello

Yesterday i experienced something very odd. Just suddenly all my programs shut down, windows still running. I noticed that my taskbar attached programs were replaced with white blank pages. On the desktop all my shortcuts, folders and such were gone, though 2 folders remained intact but with almost evering inside deleted only 2 files inside each of those survived. To make this worse alle my windows apps is deleted except of desktop, store, onedrive and camera. Even Paint and calculator is deleted.

btw i'm runnning W8 8.1

Has anyone ever encountered this? If anyone know what happened here i will be glad to know it.
But most importantly is there any way to recover my files?

Cheers

A:Nearly all data, apps and shortcuts deleted!

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

You didn't happen to refresh your Windows 8 system did you?

What about a hard drive crash? New user account created?

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Hi,
 I did a system restore because my mouse would freeze and my volume control button would not work. I have had multiple problems with this since upgrading to Windows 8; I have a Toshiba Satellite. Most of the apps that came with the laptop have now been deleted and I cannot re-install them. Can someone help?

A:Apps deleted after restore of system

Hi,
What was the operating system on the laptop when you purchased it? How did you do the upgrade to windows 8 and / or 8.1? What installation disks do you have?
Sorry I don't have answers yet but I'm trying to understand what you have and how to solve the problem
Keep us posted

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I use Windows XP Home Edition, have 2 GB of RAM and a 3.0 Ghz. Pentium 4 Processor. I use BSafe Online Internet Suite which includes a virus scanner, firewall, popup blocker, privacy of information protector, and Internet filter with a lockout feature to control objectionable sites on the web. I also us AdAware to control spyware.

My main problem consists of two applications I removed from my registry by using Add/Remove Programs. One was the ParetoLogic Driver Updater, and the other, The Weather Channel's Desktop Weather. Even after this, they still kept starting up and displaying flash screens on my monitor. I have to end the programs manually every system startup which really slows me down! I then went into regedit and searched for both of these programs. I deleted all files I could find related to TWC and PTL. I still have the same problem. I will now post my DDS log below and attach the other two as directed. Please be patient with me. This is my first time using this forum.

I am also concerned that I may have spyware or malware on my main hard drive C:, and backup E: drive, without knowing it. I read a news article in a British PC magazine which warned that spyware, malware, and virus detection accuracy was less effective now than before 2007.
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DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Brian K. Welch at 23:49:12.32 on Tue 10/27/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersio... Read more

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Don't know what you call the screen that shows up when you do a left click on the Windows icon on the main screen and a large box opens up with a bunch of little boxes of apps/programs that I have set up and use for quick access.
Anyway, the programs and the names are there that open the programs but the icons that used to be there associated with the programs are all gone.
How can I get them back?
thanks

A:most used apps icons

Try this: Icon Cache - Rebuild in Windows 10

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14393.0/1607
I'm not able to delete Bring and some other apps using the dedicated command lines in Powershell and/or Powershell_ISE. Can someone help?

I saw here that I'm not the only one experiencing this issue (did not try that link):
Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

For the rest, interesting new features in the settings menu. The installer asks to confirmed the Home or the Pro version and sees that I run the Pro version. On post-installation, the Pro version has similar behavior of the Home version. The very last thing that a Pro version owner wants to deal with is the HOME version.

Got the ISO from Micrsoft there:
Windows 10 ISO)

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I can tell my computer is still infected with something because I can't download Hitman Pro or other programs that may help me continue scanning. The ones I have detect nothing (used rkill, then TDSSKiller and MBAM and Trend Micro Housecall). I can't even download HitmanPro and it deleted my MSE completely (which I also can't redownload). Firefox acts as if it downloaded these thing to my desktop and then it's not there.
I don't have another computer or a flash drive. What can I do?

A:Removed FBI Moneypak virus, deleted MSE but can't download MSE/Apps still.

Please follow the instructions in THIS GUIDE starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it HERE. Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.

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14393.0/1607
I'm not able to delete Bring and some other apps using the dedicated command lines in Powershell and/or Powershell_ISE. Can someone help?

I saw here that I'm not the only one experiencing this issue (did not try that link):
Cortana - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

For the rest, interesting new features in the settings menu. The installer asks to confirmed the Home or the Pro version and sees that I run the Pro version. On post-installation, the Pro version has similar behavior of the Home version. The very last thing that a Pro version owner wants to deal with is the HOME version.

Got the ISO from Micrsoft there:
Windows 10 ISO)

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Does missing icons of apps disappearing due to connectivity issues? They often appear again after about ten minutes from start up.
Using a HTC desire HD with froyo software/android
 

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In All Apps, Files&Folders and Network Speed Test icons show blank whereas its tiles work properly Pls help asap
Attachment 25092

A:Blank icons in 2 apps

Duplicate post. See here: Blank icon in 2 apps

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I upgraded from Windows 7 to 8. I see no icons (no apps pointers) on the All Apps page. Can anyone help me please to re-store the icons? Everything else seems to work.
Thanks for any help,

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Hi
I have a Windows 8.1 x64 and for some time (I guess after the Update 1) my apps have no icon in the taskbar
as you can see from the picture the exe files missing icons too and notifications are not working as well
removing and installing again didn't help and some of these apps i installed recently
any help would be appreciated

A:All Apps missing Icons

no answers huh?
guess i'll have to reinstall windows

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Hi everyone,

I have an issue with some icons in windows 10, some of them are not being displayed by windows.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

A:Missing icons in some apps

Are the icons only problematic in the start menu or is the same problem for these particular icons showing on the executable on your C: drive? I'm not in front of my Windows 10 machine right now but if memory serves correctly you can right click these short cuts and select 'more' and then 'open file location'. I wonder how the icons look in here. If they are wrong try right clicking and properties and see if you can change the icon from there.

If the icons look ok in file explorer you could also try to pin the short cuts to the start menu again.

It could also be a problem with the icon cache. One of the more educated gurus might be able to advise better but I believe the default icon cache is set very low by Microsoft. A meagre 500 kb - God knows why so low in this day and age. Sometimes if the upper limit of this is reached it can cause icon corruption. There is a registry edit that can increase the icon cache to more acceptable level. Hopefully someone can back up my ascertion and knows the correct registry path.

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Whilst installing a Windows 10 update I had a power cut and when I got back on my whole computer was basically wiped it takes 40 mins to log in and when I do I have no apps and can only access my folders! When I click anything else i get a message " location error" conserning system 32 and a "java script error" please help !!
 

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Anybody knows how to change icons of pinned Windows 10 apps (on taskbar) like Flipboard, Mail, Shazam, Dropbox, etc?

A:How to change icons of Windows 10 apps?

Follow (eg - File Explorer) Left click on Icon then left click File Explorer then click Properties then click Change Icon >

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After my computer has been up and running for 30 min. to an hour I lose the ability to open apps. using my desktop icons and have to reboot. I'd sure appreciate a solution to this problem.
 

A:Can't open apps. using deskto icons

Is this because the computer is running very slowly?

Or is everything in good order, but when you click the icons the applications just won't run?
 

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Well Windows Anti-Virus Pro keeps on popping up, and now my destop is broken (even some programs that are on there wont run) heres my log... Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:18:07 PM, on 8/21/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Motive\McciCMService.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYSC:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exeC:\Program Files\Alcohol Soft\Alcohol 120\StarWind\StarWindServiceAE.exeC:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXEC:\Prog... Read more

A:Malware and Destop Icons\Apps

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.My name is Syler, I will be helping you to solve your Malware issues. Whilst I am helping you, I wouldbe grateful if you would note the following: Please do not run other tools or scans unless I ask you to and follow all the steps I give you, in order.
Copy and paste all logs requested in you reply, Do not attach them unless asked too.
If you don't know or understand something, please don't hesitate to say or ask before you proceed with my instructions.
Please continue to work with me, until I tell you your machine appears to be clean. Absence of symptoms does not mean that everything is clear.
If I do not hear back from you within 5 days of my last post, then this topic will be closed.Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from HereNote: If you already have Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, just update then run it.Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.If an update is found, it will download and install the latest ve... Read more

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My desktop envy went from having the tradional desktop icons to havings all the computer apps showing on the desktop instead. I cannot figure out how to go back to having my desktop icons.  I have to now click on my computer to reach my former desktop icons.  Does anyone now how to revert back whatever changes have taken place? 

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Hi guys,

Can I have icons on the Start screen that do not show up on the Apps screen ?

Thanks.

A:Icons on Start But Not Apps Screen ?

Hello Emperor,

Sure, you can. Anything that you "Pin to Start" from another location will not be added to the Apps screen. It only pins to the Start screen.

Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8

If you like, you can add and remove items from the Apps screen though. Be sure to read the warning in the tutorial below though.

"Apps" Screen - Add or Remove Items in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello friends, I encounter this problem on my operating system.
It has happened with different PC's
Any solution?

Image :

http://i.imgur.com/fioNIoY.png

A:Windows 10 Apps Blank Icons

How do the menu tiles look like in Start screen ?

Do they work if you click at them ?

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Hello !
Apps icons do not appear in Windows 10 start menu also disappear and icons from the taskbar.

It really is annoying. Can you help me ?

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I'm running XP Pro on a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop. I have two users on it, mine being the main one. No passwords, no difference between them. The other user works fine, no issues. My user, the taskbar shows up, with my Quicklaunch toolbar on it, as well as the clock and network connectivity on the right. There's no icons on my desktop, and I can't righ click to see if a refresh would work.

I can click on the Start menu, but I can't get anything to run. The cursor moves as if it's loading the program, then stops. Nothing is running in the task manager.

On the other user, I've run a defrag, a virus scan, a spyware scan, and everything else I could possibly think of. Any ideas why one user would be fine, and the other doesn't function??

Any help would be appreciated!!
 

A:XP Pro, main user, no icons, apps not working

The user you are having problems with is currupted youll have to remove it then recreate it.
 

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Got a weird bug that's just happened:



This happened after I uninstalled all my metro apps this morning, rebooted then reinstalled them. Chrome also updated in the meantime.

They're the only icons that are broke so clearly something has happened between now and then to stop icons displaying properly for new programs.

Is it worth rebuilding icon cache? Not sure the icons for metro are the same as filetype icons in Explorer though.

A:Some App icons in Metro All Apps screen missing

I tried deleting the icon cache file file but it didn't fix it.
I also tried installing a new software and it too did not get an icon created in the menu.
However, if I pin it to start menu the app's icon works there.

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hi
I cant see icon of metro in taskbar of windows 8.1

A:i cant see icons of metro apps in taskbar of windows 8.1

Are you in the Desktop or in the Metro/Start screen?

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I uninstalled google talk from control panel (uninstall a program) however I can still see Google Talk application group (with all icons) in the All apps screen. I also checked C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs but couldn't find leftovers there.

Does anyone know how to manually remove gtalk icons from Apps desktop. Thanks.

A:remove apps icons of uninstalled applications

Have you restarted your computer since?

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Hi,

wherever a Windows Store app shows a small icon (in search and on the "All Apps" screen), the actual icon is missing:

The larger icons on the actual start screen show up. Re-installing the apps does not help, and the icons of desktop apps show up.

What can I do to fix this issue?

Best,
Felix

A:Store Apps: No small icons (just rectangles)

Hi there, felixfreiberger. You may want to run through this tutorial: Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

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I like the Windows 7 task bar the way it is. I want to have only large icons instead of a long tail of icons and text. So I don't need to unmix all the icons. But I run both Firefox and Aurora. For those who don't know, Aurora is the night build of the same Firefox. Windows, somehow detects them as the same thing, which they're not, and stacks the icons. Now I use the two browsers for different purposes and I would like to tell Windows 7 task bar: Aurora is something different, like Opera or Chrome and I would like it displayed as such. Could you help?

A:How to unmix the taskbar icons for symilar apps?

i dont use aurora so bare with me, are the taskbar icons for ff and aurora both the same,if so is it possible to change the icon for aurora, in the properties panel.

edit; on reflection this wont actually address the stacking problem.

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Hi,

I have a Toshiba Satellite U840W-10J, have had it for around 20 months with no problems until now. Without warning and seemingly at random times, my laptop loses its ability to launch any application. If I select an application icon from the start menu/desktop or a file in a folder, nothing happens. Applications that are already open when the problem hits work fine, if I close them I cannot reopen them. My desktop then goes black and my desktop icons disappear, all except the recycle bin.

I can only restart the computer by either holding down the power key or using CTRL + ALT + DEL. On restarting my laptop it will then work as normal for a time before the same thing happens again. I am running Windows 8.1 and have McAfee Internet Security installed. The problem started about 2 weeks ago.

Any ideas or support would be much appreciated.

Thanks

A:Satellite U840W - Clicking icons/apps - nothing happens

Hi iwan_imp

According to your message the whole notebook problems could appear due to some software/system malfunction... I think that nobody will be able to say what’s wrong with the preinstalled system but you could try to solve the issue cleaning the registry and the operating system.

How?

I could recommend you one, freeware tool called CCleaner… this software was already mentioned in different forum threads and it helps you to clean the registry and to remove the temporal stored files…

In case this software does not help you, try to repair the system using the Windows 8.1 repair solutions: http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB2A03ES0000R01.htm
The “Refresh” option could be the key here…

But in worst case, if you would not be able to solve the problem using the “refresh” option, then you could try to recover the notebook using the Toshiba HDD recovery… so “Reset your PC” would be the next possible step…

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Hi guys,

Just got this error and couldn't find anything like this solved.
The icons (or maybe the apps) are missing from the start menu.

Thanks,
Gabriel.

A:Start menu icons/apps missing

If you have one you can try a system restore to a time before this happened. You could also try down loading the ISO from MS and doing a in-place repair install. Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums
To do the in-place repair mount the ISO by double clicking on it. Then look for the install.exe and clicking on it. This will repair Windows 10 without you loosing anything and hopefully fixing your problem.

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I want to add an app to the notification area, Is there A tutorial on how to do this?

DJK

A:adding Icons\Apps to notification area

This may help
Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications

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Hi, running Windows 8.1 with all current updates, this morning my Mail, Calendar and People Icons disappeared from both Start and App screens, tried to reinstall but got a message that they are already installed on the machine.

I know they are still there because I have shortcuts on my desktop that will launch them but the actual tiles are gon....any ideas on how I can get them back.

Tried to search for them from the search box to right click and repin but it does not find them.

Thanks for your help,

Nick

A:Mail, Calendar and People Icons Gone from Start and Apps

Hello Nick, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could uninstall the app using OPTION THREE or step 3 in OPTION TWO below, then reinstall the apps via the Store.

Apps - Uninstall Modern Apps in Windows 8

Apps - Install Metro Apps from Windows 8 Store

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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After disabling and uninstalling Cortana, Edge and others as well as Search I ended up with 2 dead icons in the All apps menu one for Search and one for Edge. When I drag the Search icon to the desktop it's named as:
@{Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_1.4.8.176_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewyms-resource--Microsoft.Windows.Cortana-resources-TileDisplayName} but not sure I want to start deleting various reg entries where this shows. I also tried in all the usual places where the shortcuts are supposed to be but nothing worked and the icons are still there so wondering if anyone has an idea how they can be removed if at all. It's more of a cosmetic problem as I have no issues with Windows otherwise

A:Removing dead icons from Start menu All Apps

Originally Posted by shimshom


After disabling and uninstalling Cortana, Edge and others as well as Search I ended up with 2 dead icons in the All apps menu one for Search and one for Edge. When I drag the Search icon to the desktop it's named as:
@{Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_1.4.8.176_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewyms-resource--Microsoft.Windows.Cortana-resources-TileDisplayName} but not sure I want to start deleting various reg entries where this shows. I also tried in all the usual places where the shortcuts are supposed to be but nothing worked and the icons are still there so wondering if anyone has an idea how they can be removed if at all. It's more of a cosmetic problem as I have no issues with Windows otherwise





Here you go brother, shimshom

Get a yourself the Unlocker 1.9.2 ( install it )

Get your self also take ownership right click command tool
Here is the task after you get both tools

You need to remove the entry from AppData\Local\TileDataLayer\Database\vedatamodel.edb or rename it to vedatamodel.edb/temp after you pushed the ownership command and the unlocker tool in rename mode

Also take a extra backup copy of it, just in case something does go wrong.

*** Reboot your windows and the broken link or dead link within your windows 10 menu should be gone.

You might need to add new short cuts again yourself example office and other apps you have installed, after the menu system sector has been flushed after the main reboot that... Read more

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On my Surface 3 Pro, in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 (tech preview), my taskbar icons are blank for any Windows Store apps. The icons are normal for other apps (like MS Office, Explorer, etc...).

I am betting it has something to do with a group policy. But I can't find anyone else out there with this problem. I've reimaged the device, upgraded from 8 -> 8.1 -> 10. Nothing has changed.
When I first got the Surface - it all worked great. I could see the icons fine. As soon as I joined the device to our corporate domain, that is when the problem started happening. I have tried connecting to the internet from home (thinking it was a network/firewall issue at work) but that did not solve it.

See the attached screenshot (it's a screenshot of Windows 10 - but the same thing was happening in Windows 8 and 8.1). It does this for any of the "apps".

Any ideas what group policies might affect this? Any other ideas?

Dan

A:Blank Taskbar Icons for Windows Store Apps

Hi Dan,
Welcome to the forums, try this:Notification Area Icons - Reset - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Most of the apps icons on my Start Screen have gone blank...just colored tiles with nothing in it. No name, no live update, nothing. What is going on???

A:Apps Icons have gone blank on start screen in Windows 8

Run sfc /scannow to try to repair the system. Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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On my ASUS N550, Windows 8.1, my taskbar icons are blank for any Windows Store apps. The icons are normal for other apps (like MS Office, Explorer, etc...).

It was working before and all of sudden, it stopped working! To start with, I thought it was the graphic card driver and I did all the updates but it didnt work.

In case you need to know; my computer is not connected with any business policy, I am just using my hotmail account.

Many thanks

Exact same issue as in this thread but solution doesn't work for me: http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/61467-blank-taskbar-icons-windows-store-apps.html#post496628

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I read through a few disappearing icon issues on this forum but mine did not disappear mysteriously hence a new post. I installed apps as admin and this placed shortcuts with icons on users' desktop. I logged in as user and dragged the shortcuts to the taskbar. Then, once my favourite apps were in the taskbar, I wanted to remove their shortcuts from the desktop so I deleted them, still logged in as a user. At this point, Windows prompted me for the admin password which I happily provided. Windows obliged and deleted the shortcuts on the desktop but that also made the shortcuts in the taskbar lose their icons!

So for example, the firefox shortcut was originally on the desktop. I dragged it to the taskbar and then I deleted the shortcut from the desktop (using admin rights). This left the shortcut on the taskbar without an icon. I tried to manually stick icons on these defaced shortcuts by selecting an icon image for them but they just don't stick.

Short of uninstalling and re-installing the apps, I have tried everything else. I haven't tried uninstall/re-install in the hope that their is a more elegant way of restoring icons to their respective shortcuts. Am I right in my optimism? How?

Thanks for reading my rant and another thanks if you post a useful response.

A:Icons deleted - how do I get them back?

Open the app->Right click the app on the taskbar->Choose "Pin this Program to taskbar"

I think it is still pulling the symbolic link from the shortcut you deleted...not the actual exe which is why you are losing details of the icon each time

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Right ok not sure if this is the correct part of the forum to post it but I would imagine so. I work as a First Line Support Incident Handler and basically work in a help desk call centre thing and often get calls where a user has logged onto another w/s and they've lost their icons and I'm not too sure why it happens. I was just wondering if anybody had any ideas why this is happening? Is it their profile getting corrupt on the server or network issues or what? The users icons are on the previous w/s they logged onto but when they go on to any other workstation that they haven't logged onto before its not showing them, its like they've been deleted from their profile on the server, so any ideas?

Thanks!
 

A:Desktop Icons keep getting deleted.

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I accidentally deleted google chrome and mozilla firefox application icons. they were in a folder in my start menu. i deleted the folder, but now i cant figure out how to get them back because i cant open chrome or firefox with out them. how do i restore icons.

A:how do i get back deleted icons

Open up My Computer from your desktop.

Click Drive C, then Documents and Settings. Open up the folder associated with your account name.
Then open up Start Menu/Programs. Create a new folder for your browsers.
Next go to Program Files.
Open up the folder associated with Google Chrome.
Find the icon which launches Chrome.
RIGHT click on the icon to highlight it.
Next, on the left side of the page choose Copy this file.

When the dialog opens, click Local Disk C/Documents and Settings.
Click the + next to your account name.
Then click + next to Start Menu.
Click on the word PROGRAMS to highlight it. The Programs folder will open, you should see the folder you created in the first step. Highlight the folder name, then click Copy.

Repeat this step for Firefox.

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I have numerous desktop icons (shortcuts, recycle bin, my documents folder) that I cannot delete. These icons are duplicates of the normal active icons that are either on my desktop or in the taskbar. The "unusable" icons aren't even recognized as being icons (so that if I right click on the desktop and select view and uncheck "show desktop icons", these icons remain). The icons cannot be selected (either right or left clicked), they cannot be moved, they do not highlight when moused over. Any suggestions on how to remove these? I've tried refreshing the desktop, rebooting several times, etc. They do not show up in the desktop folder within c:\users\<your user name>\desktop folder or the public desktop folder either.

A:duplicate desktop icons that can't be deleted

WHAT are the icons? How and when did they appear?

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I deleted some files off my desktop. The data was deleted, but the icons are still there. They now contain "0 bytes". I've tried deleting them, and I get an error message saying that the file cannot be found. I've tried refreshing my desktop. I've tried restarting. I've tried deleting in safe mode. I can't rename them, and I can't move them, because they "can't be found."

A:Desktop Icons Deleted, But Won't Disappear

You could try CCleaner. It has settings for removing dead start menu and desktop shortcuts. It's a freebie and very good to have anyway.

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Hi folks,
When I booted up my computer this morning, more than half of my desktop icons were missing, the sound didn't work, many apps weren't available (like Windows Media Player), and startup items were missing from the task bar.  A message balloon popped up in the task bar area telling me that spybot had blocked an attempt to add a toolbar.    In addition, my homepage was changed to isearch.fantastigames...but I was able to change it to something else and it appeared to stick.  I looked for toolbar addons and didn't see any unusual ones, but I noted that the default web search was for the fantastigames and the live search was something else.  I removed the live search option but it won't let me remove the web search.  I am able to use my AVG search and it works for the most part, but I have to watch that the isearch.fantastigames....doesn't pop up and take over.  I couldn't restore back to an earlier date either, although I attempted twice to go back to a time I knew it worked.  It went through the process but told me it was incomplete and no files were changed.  I also looked in the add/remove files but didn't see anything that didn't belong.
 
I have run a full antivirus scan with AVG and also Malwarebytes (5 hrs. later).  I don't appear to have any malicious issues or viruses, and I am using Windows XP.  I ran the RKill and it found no issues (however it did terminate two proc... Read more

A:Internet hijacker isearch.fanastigames and loss of desktop icons and apps.

Hi -Lets start with a few scans first. You can post these one at a time if it is easier for you - Download Security Check by Screen317 from HERE* Save it to your Desktop.* Double-click SecurityCheck.exe* Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.* A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.Note: If a security program requests permission to access the Internet, allow it to do so.  Next : Please download MiniToolBox, Save it to your desktop and run it.Close any Firefox browsers you may have openCheckmark the following boxes:•Flush DNS•Report IE Proxy Settings•Reset IE Proxy Settings•Report FF Proxy Settings•Reset FF Proxy Settings•List content of Hosts•List IP configuration•List last 10 Event Viewer log•List Installed Programs•List Users, Partitions and Memory size.•List Minidump Files Click Go and copy / paste the result (Result.txt).  Next : Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.*Close all open programs and internet browsers.*Note- Your computer will be rebooted automatically*Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.*Click on Delete.*Confirm each time with Ok.*A text file will open after the restart.*Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.*You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.  Next : Please download Junkware Removal Tool by thi... Read more

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I have upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1 and been using it for the last week now with no problems.
Today, during a mandatory update my pc went blue screen and said it had to restart.
Once it restarted it updated and booted fine.
However after the update I realized that my start menu stopped working.
If I press it nothing shows up. It is the same with my search menu.
Also none of my taskbar icons will work like the volume and notifications.
I have searched the internet and tried all the solutions provided like windows powershell and uninstalling antivirus and restarting explorer but nothing seems to work for me.
I can't reformat and clean install at the moment because it's really inconvenient for me and have some important files and big programs that I can't back up.

Can anyone please provide me a solution for this bug?
Is there anyway I can reinstall the last update again manually?
Or if I revert back to win 8.1 would this problem still persist?
I can't afford to lose anything since I am away and need my computer for work.

A:Windows 10 Start Menu, metro apps, and taskbar icons not working

Right click the start button and click on Programs and Features. (It's at the top.)
In the window that opens click on 'View installed updates'
Click on the updates you want to uninstall and Bob's your auntie's live-in lover!

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