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When I search for any app in the Windows 10 search, it has the same wrong icon (this is just an example):

screenshot of wrong icon

When having the app open or when looking at it in different places (start menu, taskbar, the app itself), the icon is fine (these are just examples of places I could look):

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How can I resolve this? I did nothing quirky with the metro app system (like modifying/installing/uninstalling via PowerShell or by using external tools). This is in a fresh Windows 10 Pro setup that is one day old.

I already tried:

  • Rebuilding the Windows search index completely
  • Rebooting
  • Installing an app and uninstalling it again from the Windows store
  • Giving "Everyone" full permissions to C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

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If you go to System > Advanced System Settings > Performance >Settings

You should see the option for "Show thumbnails instead of icons."

Click to enable.

A quick reboot and a few minutes, you should see the Windows Store icons reappear. At least this was the fix for me.

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  • Yep, this also overlaps with the "Best appearance" setting I talked about above (It sets the setting in your answer)
    – randers
    Nov 30, 2016 at 13:18
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    This did not work for me: neither did activating "Show thumbnails instead of icons", nor did selecting "Best appearance". I did reboot and wait about 20 minutes. Windows v1709.
    – bers
    Nov 20, 2017 at 15:14
  • @bers In my case it was far more difficult to solve - see if superuser.com/a/1292334/236537 helps
    – wbond
    Feb 5, 2018 at 21:41
  • Didn't work for me... Apr 24, 2019 at 12:42
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First, thank you for your posting!

I believe in MY case it was additionally necessary to delete the following App Icon Cache directory:

c:\Users\ExampleUserName\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Search_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\AppIconCache\100\

Replace ExampleUserName with your real involved username.

Remove only the directory 100. It will be recreated automatically later.

PS: I believe I have this hint with folder 100 from the following site (it's in german language):

https://www.deskmodder.de/wiki/index.php/Suche_Suchfunktion_funktioniert_nicht_richtig_Windows_10#Suche_zeigt_keine_oder_falsche_Icons_an

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