Windows 10 Missing cons on Taskbar and Start Menu Not Working

Hey, I literally just created this for this one problem.

I can't open many of these invisible apps(it takes a lot of time and they run very slowly when I do) and I can't access the start menu. Help! (we're considering reinstalling windows 10 too...)



Windows Forum Team
Staff member
  • Open an elevated command prompt (press Windows key then type cmd, right click command prompt and select Run As Administrator)
  • Type sfc /scannow and let that complete
  • Type dism /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth
  • Reboot
  • Test the start button and icons
  • If the icons are still corrupt, right click the corrupt icon and unpin and repin

Adam T

New Member
My problem began a couple of days ago. There was no indication what caused it, and no sign of trouble proceeding it.
I attempted to reinstall Windows 10 (keeping existing files) over my current Windows 10. That didn't do anything. Then I tried your suggestion. Although the sfc /scannow said there were corrupt files that it fixed, the problem remains as it was.

BTW I'm connected via ethernet. Ever since I upgraded from Win 7 I had intermittent trouble with my Netgear a6200 keeping a connection. That may or may not have anything to do with this, but it still sucks.


Windows Forum Team
Staff member
Make sure to run the DISM command too.

Adam T

New Member
I did prior to rebooting.

Same thing, we tried that but it still stayed the same. Lord only knows how many times I've troubleshot everything and restarted. The problem just won't go away!


Honorable Member
And what Adam did in the other tread, creating a new local user?

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