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This default behavior bothers me a lot also. I agree with Microsoft that it was probably a good idea to default to "Only Show Notifications" for most users. The purpose of the "Notification Area" is (as it's name implies) to show notifications to its users. It should NOT be a place where companies put unuseful icons that "advertise" their programs, but do ...


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The information about pinned items on the Start screen and the Taskbar are stored in the following keys: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{...}\Count and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TaskBand Unfortunately, all the key values are encrypted binary blobs so you can't edit them directly. ...


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The answer is easy. Open Ie and make it your default browser. Close Ie. Open Chrome and make your default browser. All Icons are back.



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