Windows 10: Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update

Discus and support Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello, After a recent update , many of my applications show blank files or default application icons. This includes Skype, Office and VLC media... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by DanielDC88, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update


    Hello,

    After a recent update , many of my applications show blank files or default application icons. This includes Skype, Office and VLC media player; as of yet I am unable to find what links these applications:

    Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update [​IMG]


    From searching online, I have discovered that this is not a new issue, however previous solutions have not resolved the problem for me:


    If someone could identify the update package that caused this, I would be grateful. Fighting off updates generally isn't a great idea so if anyone could provide a way of fixing this through other means, that'd be great.

    Thanks in advance!

    Daniel

    :)
     
    DanielDC88, Jan 31, 2016
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  2. All my folder icons, app icons and the like are now gone, and i cant restore them.

    This isnt missing icons, the pictures of the icons are gone, all of them, from everywhere.

    My folder icons are blank, my app icons are blank, my system properties window does not open.
    Please help me!
     
    SkullBonez, Jan 31, 2016
    #2
  3. Windows FCU – When will I get my UWP icons back?

    After Fall Creators Update, all icons of UWP apps are gone, replaced by a blank icon (white sheet of paper).

    This happens on:

    - File explorer;

    - Taskbar;

    - Desktop;

    - Search (in Start);

    Interestingly, it doesn't happens on Start menu itself, all icons are there.

    A Microsoft support guy even remotely accessed my computer, trying to repair but he was unsuccessful. He said MS was aware of the problem and I would need to wait for an update.

    But this was many weeks ago... no fix for missing icons yet?? Or am I missing something?

    Thanks in advance.
     
    RicardoDrehmer, Jan 31, 2016
    #3
  4. b1rd Win User

    Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update

    Hey DanielDC88-

    You might want to check the "Default App" for the respective file types and see if they need to be assigned again.

    PC Settings > System > Default Apps > Scroll down and click on "Choose Default Apps By File Type."


    Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update [​IMG]



    Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update [​IMG]

     
  5. Beni23 Win User
    I'm having a similar problem, since ~three days my start looks like so: Screenshot
    Infact I didn't modify any System file, so it must be Windows Updates.
    Also the options to run it as Administrator or Open File Location disappeared. I really liked Windows 10 because of these "new" functions, and now they deleted them again?
     
    Beni23, Jan 31, 2016
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  6. Dear B1rd,

    Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately the resolution you suggested is not for the issue I described. Please allow me to clarify.

    The applications themselves no longer have icons. You can see from the screenshot that Word, Access and the other office apps have the default application icon rather than their actual icons. Other applications such as Skype simply show a blank file as their icon, as can be seen in the taskbar on my screenshot.

    Thanks,

    Daniel
     
    DanielDC88, Feb 1, 2016
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  7. philc43 Win User
    What you describe makes me think you have been logged in as a new user or your account has got corrupted, you have lost all connection between shortcuts for the programs and apps and their location.

    Can you check that you are still logged in as you were previously? Also look in the folder C:\Windows\users and check that there is no evidence of any new users.
     
    philc43, Feb 1, 2016
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  8. davidhk Win User

    Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update

    davidhk, Feb 1, 2016
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  9. mrgeek Win User
    I noticed this too but not on any Office or Store Apps. This worked for me, for the few that were affected with a blank page icon- go to Program Files, locate the exe for, say, VLC, and right click send shortcut to desktop. That will display correct icon. Drag shortcut to All Apps list or pin to taskbar and click replace, if prompted. The rebuild icon tutorial suggested may help with the Store or Office apps. Good Luck
     
    mrgeek, Feb 1, 2016
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  10. Thank you all for your responses. =)
    I assume you mean C:\Users as C:\Windows\users does not exist, but there don't seem to be any changes here. Note that the shortcuts still all work, just they are missing their icons - hence why Skype was shown in the taskbar with a blank file icon. File associations are still the same too, although I did notice the new Windows 10 Photos app is the default for most image types - I had previously set it to the old Windows Photo Viewer.
    I've already tried this and it did not work. It's basically the same as the Superuser Post, but I've added it to the list of thing's I've tried.
    This fixes the appearance of the shortcuts, but when they're on the taskbar or searched for using the start menu they look the same.
     
    DanielDC88, Feb 1, 2016
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  11. hi Daniel - I am having the exact same problem except I did discover that the shortcuts are actually there in the task bar, only you can't actually see them... very annoying *Sad
     
    Carosinzapatos, Feb 2, 2016
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  12. Are you referring to this?

    Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update [​IMG]

    The icon is not shown on the taskbar but there are icons in the menus?
     
    DanielDC88, Feb 2, 2016
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  13. Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update

    similar... I have the task bar bar at the bottom also but none of my shortcuts can be seen. Only the windows, search and task view icons are visible on the left but none of those 3 works since the last update. And the icons for all my shortcuts are all black... it looks like there is nothing there but if you hover over them you eventually see the labels and then those invisible shortcuts do actually work still... problem happened after the last update.
    Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update [​IMG]
     
    Carosinzapatos, Feb 2, 2016
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  14. This is not the same as my problem, so you might want to make a seperate thread for it. My icons are still showing up, but some applications are not showing their icons:

    Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update [​IMG]

    The leftmost blank file is Skype, the second is iTunes and the one on the right is Microsoft Office Word.
     
    DanielDC88, Feb 5, 2016
    #14
  15. Does anyone have a potential solution to this issue?
     
    DanielDC88, Feb 11, 2016
    #15
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