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Fix Win 10 Icon Not Showing

Having trouble with icons not showing up in Windows 10? Let’s discuss how to fix this issue.

Enable and Check Desktop Icon Settings

Step 1: Right-click on the desktop and select “Personalize” from the context menu.

Step 2: In the Personalization settings window, click on “Themes” in the left-hand menu.

Step 3: Scroll down to the Related Settings section and click on “Desktop icon settings.”

Step 4: In the Desktop Icon Settings window, you can choose which icons you want to display on your desktop by checking or unchecking the boxes next to them.

Step 5: Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save your changes.

By following these steps, you can easily customize the icons that appear on your desktop in Windows 10. If you are still experiencing issues with icons not showing up, you may want to consider restarting your computer or performing a system restore to a previous point in time.

Rebuild and Reset Icon Caches

  • Open File Explorer by pressing Windows key + E
  • Navigate to C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Local
  • Delete the hidden file named IconCache.db
  • Restart Windows Explorer

  • Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • Find Windows Explorer in the list of processes
  • Right-click on Windows Explorer and select Restart
  • Clear Thumbnail Cache

  • Open Disk Cleanup by searching for it in the start menu
  • Select your main drive (usually C:)
  • Check the box next to Thumbnails and click OK

Perform System Restore or Reset PC

To fix the issue of Win 10 icons not showing, you can try performing a System Restore or resetting your PC.

Perform System Restore:
– Type “system restore” in the Windows Search bar and select “Create a restore point.”
– Click on the “System Restore” button and follow the on-screen instructions to revert your PC to a previous state when the icons were displaying correctly.

Reset PC:
– Open the Start menu and go to Settings.
– Click on “Update & Security,” then “Recovery,” and select “Get started” under the Reset this PC section.
– Choose whether to keep your files or remove everything, then follow the prompts to reset your PC.

If the issue persists after trying these methods, you may need to seek further assistance from a technical support professional or Microsoft.

Run System File Checker and CHKDSK

To fix the issue of Win 10 icons not showing, you can run the System File Checker and CHKDSK utility. These tools can help identify and repair any corrupted system files that may be causing the problem.

1. Run System File Checker: Open Command Prompt as an administrator by searching for “cmd” in the Windows Search bar, right-clicking on Command Prompt, and selecting “Run as administrator.” Type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter. This will scan your system for any corrupted files and attempt to repair them.

2. Run CHKDSK: In the same Command Prompt window, type “chkdsk /f” and press Enter. You may need to restart your computer for the utility to run and fix any issues with the disk.

After running these utilities, restart your computer and check if the icons are now showing correctly. If the issue persists, you may need to consider other troubleshooting steps or seek further assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Windows 10 icon not showing?

The Windows 10 icon may not be showing because the icon cache is corrupted. You can reset the icon cache using the Winaero Tweaker utility to fix this issue.

Why is my application icon not showing?

Your application icon may not be showing because it is hidden or disabled in your device settings. Look for an option like “Apps” or “Applications” in your settings, locate the missing app, and enable the option to show or display the app icon.

Why won’t my desktop icons show up?

Your desktop icons may not be showing up because the “Show desktop icons” option is not enabled. To fix this, right-click on your desktop, select View, and make sure the “Show desktop icons” option is checked.

Why did desktop icons disappear?

Desktop icons may disappear due to system file corruption or other issues. If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10/11, you may not see any desktop icons initially. Additionally, if your desktop icons disappear unexpectedly, there is no need to worry.

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