Windows 10 – Missing Taskbar Icons

Had a very odd issue with Windows 10 and taskbar menu items missing:

After lots of research, I’ve partially fixed this by running the following from an elevated command prompt:

for /R "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\" %f in (.lnk) do copy /b "%f"+,, "%f" 1>nul
for /R "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\" %f in (
.lnk) do copy /b "%f"+,, "%f" 1>nul
taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F

What this does is:

  • Update “Last Update Date” attribute on Start Menu Links
  • Kill Explorer process
  • Start Explorer process

The result being:

The one missing icon is for Microsoft Edge (also other Microsoft Store Apps have missing icons too, such as Calculator etc).

After lots of research, investigation and trial-and-error, I solved the problem by uninstalling “Google Drive File Stream” (plus I dont really use this anyways):

Tada Fixed: