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Missing browser history and tab icons in IE9

Posted on 2012-04-11
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For many months, my IE9 history tab has shown only a small and apparently random number of pages visited on any given day. Most (90%) are missing, never having appeared in the list.
Related or otherwise, the icons on the tab for most pages are also missing, showing only the generic IE9 icon.  Interestingly, the correct icons, specific to the same pages/sites, still appear in the Favorites bar.
I've done the obvious, fiddling around with the browsing history in Internet Options, but really don't wish to keep flushing the files or reinstalling IE.
This looks like a longstanding and recognised problem (judging by a quick websearch), but a durable solution doesn't jump out at me.  Does anyone know what is going on, and how to fix it?  (I do actually use the history list and tab icons for quick visual reference, so it would be really helpful to fix the problem.)
I'm using Win7/IE9 32 (64 also installed) on a fast Vaio laptop.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Trevor CD
London, England
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Thanks, jcimarron.  Problem not solved, however, even after following the helpful dialogue above (although I haven't done a complete IE9 reinstall).

However, as has happened before, the problem has now self rectified after a month - both history and correct tab icons returned to normal on a recent reboot. That at least suggests that it is the same problem affecting both - although I don't know what it is, or how to fix it when it recurs.

Which it will, on past evidence, so any further thoughs will be very welcome!

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trevorcd--Glad to hear the good news.  A reboot will often solve a problem.  :)
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The problem was not solved, even though it self-rectified. It will recur, so any other suggestions would be welcome.
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