How to Fix start menu missing icons in Windows 10

The start screen is added into the start menu in Windows 10, so users can easily find their required items and get more customizable way. If you have upgraded from Win 8.1/8 to the new operating system, you might get some issues related to its function. For example, clicking the Start Button doesn’t bring it to be appeared, or some of the Modern UI apps icon or programs shortcuts are missing over there.

How to fix start menu missing icons and recover the disappeared items in Windows 10
Note: The menu is acted as a package baked into the system, and you could re-register this feasible to reoslve the issues through PowerShell.
* First you must log in as administrator account. Make sure your device is not connected to a domain server.
* Press CTRL+ALT+DEL keys from keyboard, or right click on empty area of taskbar and select “Task Manager” from the context menu.
* Click File, and then “Run new task“.
* Within the pop-up dialog, input powershell into the text box, check “Create this task with administrative privileges” option, and click OK button.
* From the PowerShell with administrative right, type the full command below and press Enter to execute it:

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

* Once you’ve done that, go to make a reboot to apply all changes.

Another method by user shlomi in the commments
1. Hold-and-press or right click the missing icon, select More > Open file location.
2. Copy the link to another place, and deleted the link.
3. Then copy the link back to its original location.


38 thoughts on “How to Fix start menu missing icons in Windows 10

  1. I have a problem with missing ui apps icons in Start menu and in Settings menu. I have done what you explained but the problem remains.

    Have you got an idea?

    • Hi there, I faced the problem of some apps having no icon (a blank space in replacement) in the Start menu after I upgraded to Windows 10. I’m not too sure whether you are facing the same problem, but the following was what I did to fix the problem

      1. Go to Local Disk > Users > your Windows profile > AppData > Roaming > Microsoft > Windows > Start Menu
      2. Copy all the files (should be mostly, if not all, shortcuts) and folders to a convenient location, say, the Desktop
      3. Delete the original files from the location in step 1
      4. Move the copied files back to the location in step 1

      You should be able to restore all the icons after a while. If you have many apps, it will take Windows a while to re-update your Start Menu, but you should see all the icons again.

      Not sure whether this method is temporary or permanent, but it’s working for me so far

  2. Have tried “every” fix put out there to try and restore the start menu and Cortana. Originally could not access Edge, but that is working fine now. Is there going to be a future fix to correct this? To revert back to my windows 7 on my laptop, you have to access the settings in the start menu. But there is no start menu so going back is not an option at this point. Just need to start menu to access the apps.
    Please help….

  3. I had this same problem. It turned out that I caused it myself. Before upgrading to Windows 10 I was deleting files to clean up the disk and deleted:
    thinking the files were unimportant. It turns out that this is where a lot of icons were stored. Luckily I had a backup and restored the entire folder and most of my icons were back. Then I found that, as an example, an excel file on the desktop had an icon, but the excel program in the start menu (along with all Microsoft office programs) still had a generic icon. If you are having problems with office specifically, once I restored the installer folder, I was able to open “Microsoft Office Picture Manager”, go to Help, then “Detect & Repair”, check the “Restore my shortcuts while repairing” option, click “Start”. I spent quite a while working on this and it worked for me anyway.

  4. Try this easy fix:

    1. Right click the application tile with the missing icon
    2. Click ‘Resize’
    3. Choose whichever size is not currently selected
    4. The icon should now appear

    Repeat, to switch the icon size back to the size you originally had selected and the icon should reappear.

    I hope this helps others out there with the same problem.


      • No icons are showing at all and my startup won’t open as Windows 10. So the taskbar icons are grayed out and the startup won’t open and now neither will search.

        Any ideas, because all of the ones I have tried out there have not fixed a thing.

    • I don’t get it, Chris. If the application tile is missing from the start menu, how can you possibly right click on it? In my case, the outlook 2016 is not visible on the start menu. When open the apps folder and right click on outlook, i’m told it is already pinned to the start menu. I can unpin it and re-pin it, but it does not appear.

    • Unfortunately, I have no confidence that the problem will not happen over and over again. My icon were GRADUALLY disappearing. I discovered I could resize them (smaller) and the icons were all there – for a week or two. This week I have fewer than last week. It seems when I reboot they usually come back but the situation deteriorates over time to where they stop coming back with a reboot.

      Has anyone found that doing one of these fixes KEEPS IT FIXED?

      If I cannot keep it fixed, I am going to abandon using the tiles and go back to the old Desktop. The problem with the Desktop is that I cannot keep the icons from moving from where I put them.

      As I get more and more into programming websites, I get more and more determined to abandon Microsoft in favor of Linux FOREVER.

      Microsoft: Wake up! Fix this! (And while you are at it, fix the problem of emails getting stuck in the outbox, which appears to happen randomly. Maybe it’s a Comcast/Outlook problem?)

      Enough ranting for now.

  5. Thanks, your solution works. All apps reappear immediately, but the apps disappear every time the PC restarts.

    So I run your solution again.

    How can I “lock in” those new apps to keep them from disappearing every time my PC restarts?

  6. It would be great if you could actually present what you are doing in English. I have no idea what you are trying to say.

  7. I was able to recover all missing apps in Start Menu by assigning ownership to SYSTEM and “enabling inheritance”. All missing files and folders had wrong ownership and had wrong ‘Permission entries”. In my case I did following steps:
    1) Open File explorer -> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
    2) Right click folder “Programs” then Properties
    3) Click on Security tab, Advanced
    4) Click on ‘Change’ next to Owner: , type SYSTEM in field ‘Enter the object name to select’ then ‘Check Names’ and OK
    5) Check off ‘Replace owner on subcontainers and objects’. This step is important to set ownership to SYSTEM for every file and folder under ‘Programs’.
    6) Check off ‘Replace all Child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object’. This step is important to enable inheritance for every file and folder under ‘Programs’
    7) click Apply
    8) Click OK, and close. click on START and watch ‘Recently Added’ scanning through and adding the files to the Start Menu.

  8. I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 on by Laptop but in the start menu I do have an “All Apps” icon. When I click the start menu all the apps appear automatically. No All Apps icon option. I have been searching over the internet for a solution but nothing has worked. Please help.

    • That’s because windows anniversary update deleted it and there’s no way to get it back unless you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. If you do, search google for that fix.

      It has to do with group policies….

  9. Same issue Win 10, although issue appeared after a routine app update. Only one of my start menu icons was a blank tile. I went to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and found a list of apps including the one with the problem. Right click, Properties, then Shortcut tab. Click on “Change Icon” button and then browsed to the program file and selected the .exe file with the proper icon. “OK” twice and now the desired icon/tile is on the start menu.

  10. I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 on by Laptop but in the start menu I do not have an “All Apps” icon. When I click the start menu all the apps appear automatically. No “All Apps” icon option. I have been searching over the internet for a solution but nothing has worked. Please help.

  11. Hey David, thanks for your suggestion on Sept 3 but it did not fix the problem regarding my question as follows; I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 on by Laptop but in the start menu I do not have an “All Apps” icon. When I click the start menu all the apps appear automatically. No “All Apps” icon option. I have been searching over the internet for a solution but nothing has worked. Please help.

  12. I figured out what caused it for me. It was that I started with a local profile then I had to add a microsoft account to get apps from the Windows Store. Now all my old profile info is owned by “Administrator.”

  13. I keep this bookmarked because it still happens to me rather frequently. It’s been years and Microsoft still hasn’t fixed this issue. I suppose the only definitive solution is not to use Win10. Cling to 7 forever, or jump ship to something like Linux or BSD.

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