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Windows 7: Lost icon in lower panel ???

29 Oct 2010   #1

MS Windows 7 Home x64
Lost icon in lower panel ???

Windows 7 Home Premium
HP All-in-One 299

Hello all,
In the lefthand section of the desktop lower panel, There were a number of icon shortcuts for opening programs.
"Start", "Windows Internet Explorer", "Windows Explorer", and one that opened up a window allowing to select various items including the pc webcam program. This last icon has disappeared, most likely due to some function I performed (and shouldn't have).
So I could use some assistance in getting this very useful icon back.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Oct 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


I'd try a system restore to a point just prior to when the icon went missing.

System Restore

If that doesn't help you might consider rebuilding yur icon cache.

Icon Cache - Rebuild

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Oct 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Home x64

Thanks marsmimar,
The system restore did the trick. The missing icon is back in place.

Now here's the thing. The system restore involved only going back one day at which time the Windows 7 update had been preformed. No other actions. So now, I will have to wait to install the updates again and determine if the updates did it or, as I mentioned earlier, if it was something I inadvertently (read "stupidly) did.

Anyway, thanks again for your reply. It fixed it.
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29 Oct 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Concerning the Windows Updates, just something to consider. Depending on how many updates are available, let's say 4 or less, just do one update at a time. Set a restore point, install the update, see if the computer and icon are stable. If yes, do the next update, and so on. If the icon disappears or if the computer starts to act wonky you'll know exactly which update is the culprit.

If you have many updates, consider installing just a few at a time (making sure you have a restore point prior to installing them.) If the icon disappears again you'll be able to narrow it down to those last 3 updates.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 64-bit

It'd probably be easier to just locate the program icon in the Start menu, right click and select "pin to taskbar".
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