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My taskbar icons disappear

Microsoft Windows xp home edition eng 3p...
December 14, 2020 at 10:17:08
Specs: Windows 10, 64 bit OS/4 GB
Every so often my taskbar icons will disappear. They are still there because I can click on the location where one would typically be and it will take me to where I want to go. Also, I'm not sure if this is related but frequently I will have several screens of File Explorer up, and yet when I check back at a latter date, I'll find that no versions of File Explorer are open. Everything else on my computer looks normal, and it hasn't restarted, but for some reason File Explorer hs shut down.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your help.

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December 14, 2020 at 14:01:59
You are only running 4 gigs of RAM and that is really a low amount for Windows 10. I would install at least 8 or even better, 16 gigs and I bet those issues will be resolved.

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December 14, 2020 at 18:35:39
I disagree. 2GB is the minimum recommended for Win10 x64. 4GB isn't a lot of RAM, but it certainly shouldn't make icons turn invisible. See if this helps:

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December 15, 2020 at 10:48:12
Thanks for the help.

First, I checked and I'm actually running 12 gigs of ram. It may be that I haven't ever updated my profile in (from decades ago!) to reflect the current info other than noting that I'm using Win10. Should I update this info, and if so, how do I do that?

Second, riider that looks to be a comprehensive article on this problem and my guess is that my solution is contained there. When I get more time I'll go through the various solutions and see how it goes. One problem with an intermittent problem like this is that it isn't obvious that the changes you've made have solved the problem. You just have to give it time and see if it reappears.

Third, do you think the disappearing open File Explorer windows is related to the main issue of the invisible task bar icons?

Once again, thanks for your help. It's much appreciated.

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