I don't know how it happened, but my Start button has turned to plain text instead of the Windows logo. I don't even know how to Google this problem:

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Anyone know what could cause this and how I can get it to go away? I never thought I'd miss a Windows logo... but that's ugly.

Update: sfc /scannow comes back clean. Resetting to Start Menu defaults did nothing. Value of Shell key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon is explorer.exe. New user profile started up without this button, so it must be specific to my profile.


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The solution was rebuilding icon cache:

  1. Delete the file %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db.
  2. Reboot.
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