Last night my laptop installed the Fall Creators' Update. (This was a bit of a surprise, as it's a nearly four-year-old machine upgraded from Win8.1, and all the articles online were saying that systems that shipped with Windows 10 would get it first.) When I logged on in the morning, I found a lot of missing tiles in my Start Menu. As far as I can tell, nearly all my Store Apps (including Store) are no longer visible on the Start Menu, either as pinned tiles or in the All Apps list. There are a few exceptions -- the Weather app even managed to keep its live tile, while Maps and Microsoft Solitaire Collection were hiding in the All Apps list. I can launch many of the 'missing' apps in a roundabout way by searching in Cortana and clicking on the Store option, which gives me a launch button, but apps launched in this way don't appear in the Task Bar, so if I minimize them I have to use Task View to find them again. Also, the 'pin to start' button in the Store is greyed out. Mail and Calendar isn't even accessible that way -- the Store page just says 'You can find these apps in your All apps list', but they aren't there. (I can launch Calendar by clicking on an appointment in the calendar that pops up when I click on the taskbar clock, and get to Mail that way.)
It looks as though I can get some of the app tiles back by uninstalling and reinstalling from the Store-- I tried that with Twitter and it works now. But I can't do that with the built-in apps like Photos. And yes, I've done a restart.
Non-Store apps are unaffected by all this. Has anyone else seen this? or Do you have any ideas what might be causing this, or how to fix it? I have Norton Internet Security and Dropbox (which I have known to cause start menu issues in the past, but not recently, and only on my other computer).
UPDATE: I tried the Store Apps troubleshooter, but it didn't help. Eventually I rolled back the upgrade, and all seems to be back to normal for now. (Though I'm still waiting to see what Windows Update wants to do next, as it seems to be stuck on 'checking for updates' and the history tells me a restart is needed to finish installing 1709 ...) The other computer is still in the throes of installing the upgrade, and I will be interested to see whether it has the same problem.
Edited by saguaro2, 18 October 2017 - 07:33 AM.