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Bring Back the Chrome App Icon in Windows 10 Start

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2018/04/05 Share

If you ever tried to pin chrome apps to the start in Windows 10, you will find the icon of the apps is replaced by the default chrome icon which is neither beautiful nor easy to identify.

Recommend Solution

Save the following code to a new text file and rename the file to WhateverYouWant.ps1.
Then right-click the file and select “Run with PowerShell”.

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$path="C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml";

Write-Host "Deactivating chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml."
if ([System.IO.File]::Exists($path)) {
Rename-Item -Path $path -NewName "chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml.bak"
Write-Host "Renamed 'chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml' to '~.bak'"
} else {
Write-Host "ERR: Cannot find the specific file, please change path manually. "
}

Write-Host "Refreshing existing shortcuts."
foreach ($file in (ls "~\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Chrome Apps")) {
$file.LastWriteTime = get-date
}
Write-Host "Shortcuts refreshed."

Write-Host "Press any key to exit. "
cmd /c pause | out-null

Do it Manually

First go to the installation directory of chrome, default is C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application
(I don’t know if Google really makes this directory changeable in the installer. )
You’ll see the chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml file along with the chrome.exe, rename the chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml to anything or simply delete it.
Remove all the previous added chrome app and added them again (to refresh the thumbnail cache).
The chrome app should now have their own icon.


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  1. 1. Recommend Solution
  2. 2. Do it Manually