How to restore Windows 10 UWP icons that just won't show

TL;DR;
Just run the windows store troubleshooter. And boom! Your icons are back.

I was experiencing problems with my UWP icons, on the task bar, on windows 10. I did the obvious and contacted Microsoft Online help, and all they could tell me was to reinstall windows, not really reinstall, but re-run my windows 10 upgrade. (Some help! SMH 🙄)

Hell! I did exactly that but the results were nowhere to be seen. After digging through the internet, and stack overflow of course, nothing could help. Well, I ran SFC /scannow command prompt command. The command identified that the system had some system files issues, (Horray 🎊) , that I thought would solve the problem, (Bummer 😭) but after restarting nothing happened and nothing changed. I swear I would have sued Microsoft (No swearing next time). The issue was just a nail-biter. Later, in my hassle to fix the issue, I discovered creating a new local account restores the icons for that account only.

I discovered it was not a system files error, but rather a user profile error. So once I decided to run the troubleshooter for Windows store apps, and strangely, nothing really happened and actually the troubleshooter ran into problems, how ironical was that. So some few days later, I decided to run the troubleshooter again and found out the temporary internet files had been moved. After a brief repair by the troubleshooter, it actually worked, I had my icons back, finaalllllly!

So what's the process, you may ask?

Here it is:

  1. Click on Start menu.
  2. Click on the gear icon for settings or search for settings.
  3. On windows version 1803 and above, click on Update and security


Click the Troubleshoot menu with the spanner icon

  1. Click on Troubleshoot on the left menu list.

  2. Then scroll to the end to Windows store apps.

    Click the windows store apps then click on run the troubleshooter

  3. Click on it, then click on the Run the troubleshooter button that appears.

  4. Follow the instructions on the troubleshooter window that appears.
    Hopefully this is the solution to your problem!

The Troubleshooter will try to identify the problem and restore your files if they are corrupt or the temporary internet files folder has been moved by mistake.

Most of the time the troubleshooter never actually helps or never works, but at least Microsoft is trying...

See you in the next blog!

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Karim K. Kanji

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