Invisible Taskbar Icons on Windows - But Only Microsoft Store Apps (Solved)
Somewhere during my attempts to fix a broken Google Drive install on my desktop,
the icons on my Windows Taskbar all disappeared. Not all of them actually…just the ones for programs installed through the Microsoft Store. I dug into that one, and found that it’s often fixed by…uninstalling Google Drive. *facepalm*
None of these fixed it for me, because Drive was the problem, but I’m collecting them here for future reference.
- Unpinning and re-pinning the affected apps.
- Uninstalling and re-installing the affected apps.
- Clearing the icon and thumbnail caches. I used the command prompt:
> taskkill /f /im explorer.exeto close explorer in case it’s using the files. (
/fforces it to close, and
/imtells it the next parameter is the program (or ‘image’) name)
> cd C:\Users\<myname>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\
> del icon* thumb*
> start explorer.exeto launch explorer again.
- Fixing corrupted files with DISM and SFC.
> DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
> DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
> sfc /scannow
Fortunately, once I finally got Drive properly uninstalled, it resolved this problem too – even after reinstalling a fresh copy of Drive.