Whether through a video anomaly, a misbehaving app, or some other strange factor, sometimes you’ll pull up the Windows 10 Start Menu and all your Live Tile counts are gone. And, not just that, but some of the Tiles will actually be blank so that you can’t even tell what app the tile represents.

A reboot of the PC absolutely fixes this, but there’s a quicker fix that’s within easy reach. Do this:

  1. Run Task Manager and locate “Windows Explorer” in the list of running Processes. (easiest way to locate Task Manager is to right-click on the Windows 10 Taskbar and choose it from the pop-up menu)
  2. Right-click on the “Windows Explorer” process and choose “Restart.”

And, as quick as that your Start Menu tiles are back to normal.

Incidentally, the Windows Explorer restart can work for a multitude of other Windows 10 anomalies.