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Windows 7: Disappearing Taskbar Icons

07 May 2017   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Disappearing Taskbar Icons

When I turn my computer on, all of my taskbar icons are gone. If I then log off and log in again, they all return. Any ideas as to why this is happening, and what I can do to fix it? Thank you.


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07 May 2017   #2

win7 x64 sp1

Make sure the option for showing icons is selected : rightclick Desktop>view>'Show Desktop Icons'

Upon such a boot and icons are gone, uncheck the option (if already checked), and then check it again.
The icons should appear...still the issue isn't resolved.

So first try to rebuild your icon chache :

Launch taskmgr.exe.
right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process.
From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
CMD.EXE, and click OK
type the commands :

CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local ENTER

DEL IconCache.db /a ENTER


In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
Type EXPLORER.EXE, click OK.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 May 2017   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

When you start your computer do you use a log on password, or does it just start up without any logging on. If that is the case it may be starting as guest user & therefore not loading your settings. When you log off & then log on again you are changing the user over to yourself.

Have a look in your User Accounts & make sure the computer starts with you as the user & there are no guest users activated.
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07 May 2017   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by respoda View Post
Make sure the option for showing icons is selected : rightclick Desktop>view>'Show Desktop Icons'
fwiw, the op is referring to 'taskbar' icons, not desktop icons,
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