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This is what my settings app looks like:

Windows Settings

and this is what the beginning of my start menu looks like (all the tiles and app/program shortcuts look normal):

Start Menu

Icons are also missing (replaced with the same empty square box) from context menus, e.g. when right-clicking on the desktop.

I have tried various things to fix it to no avail, including setting up a local user account to test if it was account related (which it is not), and resetting the icon cache (which made no difference).

It happened after "cleaning" the registry using a popular such tool. Apparently not a wise decision and there was no way to restore the registry, not even with a system restore. Apart from this, all other icons work fine. Does anyone know how this can be fixed relatively easily, or do I need to re-install Windows?

  • I completely agree with @Ramhound ! Scenarios like this one need to serve as a valuable lesson for the future. Folks, please don't used automated registry cleaning utilities! There is very little value added to using one, and the potential consequences can be disastrous! As he said, you can do a Reset or Refresh with one of these tutorials. – Run5k Dec 15 '16 at 22:00
  • Thanks for taking the time to comment and for the links! Yes, a valuable lesson has been learned. :) – user675657 Dec 16 '16 at 4:57

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