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Randomly, some of the app tiles in the start menu become blank. It's the same set of tiles for the most part. Every once and awhile, it decides to change to a different set. This is a new computer. I'm using the start menu full screen. Build 15063. The issue is not isolated to Windows 10 applications.

The following temporarily resolve the issue:

  • Restarting the explorer.exe process
  • Rebooting the computer
  • Deleting the file at C:\Users[usrname]\AppData\Local\IconCache.db
  • Unpinning and repinning to start fixes that specific application tile.
  • Resizing fixes that specific app tile

The problem reappears seemingly at random after an aggravatingly short period of time (1-10 mins).

I wonder if it's related to this: There's a random Windows "dong" sound whenever I resume from sleep or boot up.

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    oddly, it hasn't happened in the last several hours
    – Blaine
    Dec 22 '17 at 22:20
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    and then it's back after waking from sleep
    – Blaine
    Dec 23 '17 at 10:50
  • for me it was related with sleeping too Mar 21 '18 at 5:34
  • I don't know (yet) if it is intermittent for me, but rebooting the computer (as mentioned in the question) brought back the icon I was missing (Firefox). This problem did in fact happen after using sleep. I am at version 10.0.16299 Build 16299 (that's 1709, Redstone 3, Fall Creators Update). May 17 '18 at 8:54
  • See also: [Tile icons missing from start page in Windows 10 ](superuser.com/q/1255080/115481) and solution Sep 13 '19 at 15:41
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A Windows update seems to have resolved this issue.

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  • I still frequently experience this problem, with all available updates installed.
    – Mort
    May 20 '19 at 7:40

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