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I don't know how it happened, but my Start button has turned to plain text instead of the Windows logo. I don't even know how to Google this problem:

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Anyone know what could cause this and how I can get it to go away? I never thought I'd miss a Windows logo... but that's ugly.

Update: sfc /scannow comes back clean. Resetting to Start Menu defaults did nothing. Value of Shell key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon is explorer.exe. New user profile started up without this button, so it must be specific to my profile.

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What is in Shell value of key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon? – Maximus Aug 1 '12 at 21:38
    
@Maximus explorer.exe – Tanner Faulkner Aug 1 '12 at 21:45
    
May be explorer.exe is modified? try to 'Run as Administrator' sfc.exe /scannow? – Maximus Aug 1 '12 at 21:50
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Rebuilding icon cache worked. Thanks for getting rid of that ugly sucker. – Tanner Faulkner Aug 1 '12 at 22:19
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There's a similar question on social.technet.microsoft.com.

The solution was rebuilding icon cache:

  1. Delete the file %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db.
  2. Reboot.
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