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  1. maggiejane0

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    Just a few days ago I noticed a couple of icons missing from my task bar at the bottom. Then the start bar wont work, the cortana search box won't work and right-click display settings and personalize report that no program is associated with the action...MIcrosoft Edge is no longer on the computer.

    Does anyone have a fix for this???
     
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    Hello and welcome to the forum.
    Sounds like your current user profile took a serious hit.
    As a test you might try adding another user account as a member of the local administrators group and see if the problem persists using that account.
    Using File Explorer Go to
    C:\Windows\System32
    Find
    Cmd.exe (if you're hiding extensions of known types it might just say "cmd")
    Right click it and choose run as administrator
    At the admin command prompt type
    net user JohnSmith /add
    hit enter
    then type
    net localgroup administrators JohnSmith /add
    hit enter
    type
    exit
    hit enter
    Restart and log in as JohnSmith

    NOTE: Obviously you don't have to use "JohnSmith" it can be Tom, Dick or Harry, since it is a test account which you probably won't keep it really doesn't make any difference which name you use.
     
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    OK...thank you very much,that worked!!! Now I have a user profile that needs to be rebuilt...passwords and all! Or is there a file(s) that can "replenish" all the personal info into a new profile?
     
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    I wish.
    Rebuilding a user profile (from old user to new user) remains pretty much the same as it has been in previous Windows iterations.
    The one caveat being you need a third user (admin) to make it work correctly. Most people just temporarily enable the hidden administrator account.
    Elevated command prompt
    net user administrator /active:yes
    When you're done
    net user administrator /active:no
    Use that administrator account to copy the contents of your old profile folders over to their respective location in your new profile folder.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14039/windows-7-fix-corrupted-user-profile
     
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    Perfect...thanks again.
     
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    Just make sure to leave any system files that begin with NT alone as one of those are the likely location of the corruption.
    Not necessarily exactly the same names that you might find in Win 10 versus Win 7, but you get the idea.
     
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    Hello Trouble Noob Whisperer. I have had a very similar problem since yesterday. See my post: Update removed programs Mar 18, 2017. This seems like a very complicated solution! Why did this happen? I didn't so anything to cause it and it seemed to happen a day after the most recent Windows update. Is that what caused it?
     
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