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No icons on taskbar or desktop

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    No icons on taskbar or desktop


    For some reason when I started up my laptop recently, all of the icons on both the taskbar and the desktop have turned invisible/disappear completely and I am unaware has to how to fix it. I have put a picture in the attachments that shows what the "icons" look like when they are highlighted and non-highlighted.
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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Rubadubblub, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened may be able to sort it for you.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Unfortunately, I do not have a system restore point.
    For some reason the taskbar is showing, very rarely, some icons such as System Properties.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, you might see if rebuilding the icon cache may help.

    If not, then you might try running a sfc /scannow command.
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  5. #5


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by Rubadubblub View Post
    Unfortunately, I do not have a system restore point.
    For some reason the taskbar is showing, very rarely, some icons such as System Properties.
    And, try creating a new user account of the same type with which you typically login. Copy everything you will need to the new account (from C: > Users > Old User Account) if the new account works. Then, delete the old account. You can go back to the original user name similarly. Before you do so, make sure that deleting the original user account also deleted that users folder in C: > Users. Sometimes this folder does not get deleted. If not, then going back to the original user name creates a minor only superficial "problem." To delete the folder, you may have to take ownership. I would not go back the the original user name using any other procedure.
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Feb 2013 at 16:55. Reason: removed unrelated suggestion
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