I deleted a photo on Windows 10 and emptied the trash.

Now, the photo still appears in the Microsoft Photos tile in the start menu. How can I remove it there? Is there a thumbnail trailing somewhere?

I have found some related questions such as this one, but cannot find an answer. In some forum, it was suggested to restart the computer, but this does not solve the problem either.


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You linked a question that said you can SET a photo as the tile, did you try that? Windows does cache/store thumbnail photos which it is likely drawing from. Likely in time that'll get updated & the photo will change in the tile. I sense you want to quicken that though, Thumbs.db (hidden file) I think was the File Explorer thumbnail cache, don't know what it is for Photos app.

  • Someone on this question said to close Photos & delete this path: %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

  • On the same question another person indicated wiping or ensuring Windows Indexing is enabled

  • One month later, the deleted image still appeared in the tile. There was indeed a thumbnail in the indicated localappdata path. After deleting it, it did not appear anymore in the tile.
    – Karlo
    Apr 6, 2021 at 18:10

Perform a Disk Cleanup and make sure to remove thumbnails (Click the little arrow next to it). Then right-click on photos and go to More->App Settings. Go to reset app and click reset. This worked for me.

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