Hi everyone! Been having a screen flicker issue relating to taskbar. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.00GHz
16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown (15-15-15-36)
Dell Inc. 0XJ8C4 (SOCKET 0)
DELL U2414H (1920x1080@60Hz)
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 (NVIDIA)
1863GB Seagate ST2000DM 4 (RAID)
PLDS DVD+-RW DH-16AES
NVIDIA High Definition Audio
Description of problem
Starting October 29, upon login, the task bar icons appear blank as seen here: https://imgur.com/a/UvEh6. The icons still work, however they are blank save for microsoft edge. When i hover the mouse pointer over an active/open task bar icon of the program such as this: https://imgur.com/a/nkKtC, my screen flickers. If I hover the mouse pointer long enough, if i'm lucky, i get a notification from windows that my display driver failed to start and revert to using microsoft basic display driver. If i'm unlucky, the whole screen to turn orange and system hangs.
How to recreate the issue
Hover the mouse pointer over task bar icon of an open/active program.
What I've tried so far
1) tried removing and rebuilding icon cache
2) tried using Display Driver Uninstaller and then reinstalling display driver (got hit with a c++ runtime issue when reinstalling newest driver. Somehow got an older version of the driver from that...)
3) Tried system restore before Intel Rapid Storage update (on 10/27). However, after IRS update on 10/27, was able to boot up several times on 10/28 successfully prior to issue.
4) Tried resetting PC with files intact and without. Both reached a problem around 38% or so and could not continue.
I've read online that screen flicker issues on Windows 10 seems to stem from compatibility issues between certain update/software installation and windows. I have not installed anything on 10/28 (that I know of or with my consent), prior to issue occurring today.
Thanks for reading!