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Metro Icon Glitch, Please Help

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    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro

    Metro Icon Glitch, Please Help


    I did a clean install of Windows 8 like 2 days ago and since yesterday I have noticed that when I am in "Metro" that some icons show up as just squares. For example if I right click on a tile that menu at the bottom will come up and all the icons above the actions are squares or half squares. The mute icon from the charms bar is also a square. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? I've put 2 pics up.
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    Hi Jason, welcome to the forums, do you have any third party security/antivirus program installed, if you have, uninstall it and see whether it fixes the problem.
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    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro


    I have ESET Smart Security, but I kinda need that don't I? I will try it to see what happens though. Will post in a few minutes.
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    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    You don't really need it, as you have Windows Defender.

    That being said; did it start after you ran CCleaner? The icons are stored as a font, and hypothetically CCleaner might futz with fonts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonD View Post
    I have ESET Smart Security, but I kinda need that don't I? I will try it to see what happens though. Will post in a few minutes.
    Windows defender will be enough, uninstall ESET and once your problems sorted out, you can reinstall if you want, there are many people using ESET encountered problems mainly metro related.
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    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro


    Sorry about the late reply I got really busy and only got around to uninstalling it just now. Nothing has changed, I am still having the same problems.
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    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    You don't really need it, as you have Windows Defender.

    That being said; did it start after you ran CCleaner? The icons are stored as a font, and hypothetically CCleaner might futz with fonts.
    I can't remember TBH, I only noticed it yesterday.
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    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Hello JasonD. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Do all of the above. Go backwards to when it worked properly. Did you install something or run an application that messed with the registry? Or, reinstall, and don't do what you did before.
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    Posts : 31
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Hello JasonD. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Do all of the above. Go backwards to when it worked properly. Did you install something or run an application that messed with the registry? Or, reinstall, and don't do what you did before.
    The only registry program I have is CCleaner, so it could be that. Do you know how I could possibly get back those icons. A restore is out of the question, I did a drive clean up and got rid of the back ups.
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    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    CCleaner is a popular program. I cannot say how to restore metro system icons. Do you not have a bootable ISO or install disk? If you purchased a key, you should be able to download again.

    This is my standard response: If a system gets corrupted, save your data to a separate HDD if you can, and reinstall. Should take about 25 minutes.
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