Start Icon Disappeared

By Predict
Jan 4, 2009
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  1. My windows start icon disappeared off the bar. I can still click where it was and use it, but the icon it self is missing. When I click where the icon suppose to be it works fine. I just cant figure out how to get the icon back to showing. I tryed changing themes and restarting, but nothing helped. Also I am using windows vista home.
  2. trooper_901

    trooper_901 Newcomer, in training

    try pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL and open task manager. Now on the File menu, select New Task (Run...). Type in "explorer" and press OK. That should restart explorer and display your taskbar.
  3. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 742

    What Disappeared exactly on the Start button or the taskbar completely?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Windows Vista Start orb is located under Windows Aero Visual Style (aero.msstyle) and is IMAGE_872 located in C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero as a PNG file

    I have only seen reports that resetting Explorer will return it
    But it may be to do with a faulty Aero theme or something :confused:

    Edit:

    Just for fun, here's the Vista Orb for Windows Xp
    http://www.lee-soft.com/viorb/builds/vr1/ViOrb R1.zip
  5. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 742

    So if I understand what you say Kimsland, the start logo is and only an image?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes that's right ;)
    An image that can be changed (mind you lots of Hex editing involved, and this is not the forum for it)
  7. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 742

    Ok I understand it now.
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