Fix Blank Tiles or Missing Icons from Start Menu after Windows Update

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Microsoft recently released the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. This is an update with new features, as well as creator update, anniversary update and others.

Many Windows 10 users who have installed or updated this new update have complained of a strange problem. I have received several emails from readers on similar topics:

Here’s the thing:

After installing the Fall Creators update, many icons of installed applications are missing from the Start menu. If application shortcuts are pinned to the taskbar, they will still be missing after the upgrade. Applications also disappear from the list of installed applications in the settings. When the user searches for applications using Cortana’s search box, the applications do not appear in the search results and Cortana offers to install the applications from the Windows Store. When a user tries to find applications in the store, it indicates that they are already installed on the computer and that they can run applications from the store.

Most applications are present on the computer, but they do not appear in the Start menu, taskbar, Cortana search results, or installed applications list. The only way to access the applications is through the store.

There seems to be a bug in the fall creator update process that makes installed applications not work after the update.

Restore applications from Settings

If this problem occurs in only a few applications, it is recommended to use this method.

  1. Press Start, Settings, and then Apps.
  2. Under Applications and components, select the appropriate application from the list.
  3. Click on the Advanced Settings link.
  4. Click on the Restore button.
  5. Repeat this process for the other applications involved.

If this does not solve the problem, remove the affected applications from the Apps and Features list and then reinstall them from the Windows Store.

Put the tile back in the Start menu.

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First, remove the empty application tiles from the Start menu and hide them again. Right-click on the application tile in the Start menu and select Disconnect from the Start menu. Highlight an application in the Start menu application list, right-click it, and select Pin at startup to pin a tile.

Restart Windows Explorer from Task Manager.

  • Restarting Windows Explorer via Task Manager is a possible solution for removing application tiles. To restart Windows Explorer, right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • Select the Processes tab as shown in the screenshot below.
  • Scroll down this tab to Windows Explorer, listed under Windows Processes.
  • Right-click on Windows Explorer and select Restart from the context menu.

Resume all Windows 10 embedded applications using PowerShell

This method is especially preferable if the built-in Windows 10 application is damaged. In that case, it is recommended to re-record them en masse.

  1. Run Powershell as a director. To do this, right-click on Start and select Windows PowerShell (Administrator). You can also find Powershell.exe in the Start menu, right-click on the PowerShell shortcut, and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. Type (or copy and paste) the following command into the PowerShell window and press Enter.

Get-AppxPackage -allusers | foreach {Add-AppxPackage-Register $ ($ _. InstallLocation) appxmanifest.xml -DisableDevelopmentMode}

The above PowerShell command will reinstall or re-register all embedded Windows 10 applications.

If the above method does not restore the application icons or shortcuts, use this method prescribed by Microsoft Technical Support.

In the Powershell window, type the following commands in the order they appear. These steps may take a few minutes.

reg remove HKCU Software Microsoft Windows NT CurrentVersion TileDataModel Migration TileStore / va / f
get-appxpackage -packageType-Bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($ . location + appxmetadata appxbundlemanifest.xml)} $ bundlefamilies = (get-appxpackage -packagetype Bundle) .packagefamilyname get-appxpackage -packagetype main | ? {no ($ packages – contains $ . packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($ . location + appxmanifest.xml))}

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I am a computer enthusiast and a practicing computer professional. I have years of experience in computer programming, troubleshooting and hardware repair. I specialize in web development and database design. I also have CCNA certification in network design and troubleshooting.

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