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The icons in Task Bar are usually shown the programs pinned. But recently, the icons are not showing up. Sometimes, icons are shown after a restart. Then again, next time icons get disappear.

I tried:

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth in CMD ( Command Prompt ).

It did not work.

~ Strange Behaviour noticed!

This is how the taskbar looks initially on a fresh start of OS.

This is how the taskbar looks initially on a fresh start of OS

Now, open Google Chrome.

Now, open Google Chrome.

Right click on Google Chrome icon and select 'Unpin from taskbar'.

Right click on Google Chrome icon and select 'Unpin from taskbar'.

Surprise! all tray icons are visible now. But then, after Re-start gone.

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I have not encountered this problem before, but here are some general procedures for solving icon problems :

  1. Use sfc /scannow to verify system integrity. First solve any encountered problems (if any).

  2. Use regedit to go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify. First right-click and Export the whole key for backup, then delete both IconStreams and PastIconStream in the right pane, terminating by logoff and logon.

  3. Reset the icon cache database.

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  • I tried your recommendations but it did not fix the issue.
    – user684584
    May 1 '17 at 11:37
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Fix: ​ Us​ing​ Windows PowerShell

Take the following steps to use Windows PowerShell to fix the Windows 10 taskbar not working problem.

  1. Right-click on Start Menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin)

  2. Type PowerShell and press Enter

  3. Paste the following command in the PowerShell window and press Enter

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

  4. Close PowerShell and navigate to C:/Users/name/AppData/Local/

  5. Delete TileDataLayer folder

​6. Restart PC!

It should be working fine now.​

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  • I tried, it worked once and after re-start, icons were gone. Then again, tried once more but it did not fix the issue.
    – user684584
    May 2 '17 at 7:16
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If the above recommendations do not help, please check if the same issue occur when logged in through a different user account. This issue could be caused by corrupted user profile.

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Only (default) solution: Fresh Install of OS.

P.S. I tried different recommendations but none fixed the issue.