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Windows 7: I screwed up my Icons, do not display correctly

16 Feb 2011   #1

windows 7 32 bit
 
 
I screwed up my Icons, do not display correctly

PLEASE HELP!! I did a disk cleanup yesterday and I just clicked ok, and it deleted the normal things it does and i think this is when it might have happened. i also had a public folder as a user and i deleted it thinking i did not need it, and i think this may have had something to do with it. i have searched for remedies and have tried a few. the best i can do is get the icon showing, but it is covered up with an icon that is a blue outline box with a red dot and green dot in it.

I am attaching a screen shot so you can see what i am talking about.

Please Help Me.

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16 Feb 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

try this
Icon Cache - Rebuild
first.
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16 Feb 2011   #3

windows 7 32 bit
 
 
did not work

i used the auto rebuild and it seemed like it worked, then the machine rebooted and the icons looked corrected for about 30 seconds then the switched back. i am attaching the screen shot.

thanks so much for helping!!
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16 Feb 2011   #4

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

The problem appears to be specific to your user account. At least that's what I'm guessing given the way you describe the problem. It loads properly then reverts when user account settings are loaded.

Is there another user account on the machine you could check that theory with for me?
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16 Feb 2011   #5

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

yes there is. let me check now.
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16 Feb 2011   #6

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

it still does it when logged in as a different user
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16 Feb 2011   #7

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Curious, I'll take a page from the microsoft technet on this step.
Quote:
If the issue persists, there might be conflict with certain program running background. I would suggest test the issue in clean boot.

This method will help us determine if this issue is caused by a loading program or service. Refer to How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7
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1. Click the Start Button and type "msconfig" (without quotation marks) in the Search Box and press Enter.
2. Click Continue to verify the permission.
3. Select the Services tab in the open window. Check the “Hide all Microsoft Services” option and click Disable All.
4. Switch to the Startup tab and click Disable All.
5. Click OK to save the settings and select Restart when prompted.
6. Check whether or not the issue still occurs. Note: Temporarily disabling the Startup Group only prevents the startup programs from loading at startup. This shouldn't adversely affect the system or other programs. We can still manually run these programs later.
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16 Feb 2011   #8

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

ok. that worked. everything is back working correctly. what does this mean??
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16 Feb 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

This means a application you are running is interfering with you desktop icons somehow. It would more than likely be something you have installed recently.

The long way to troubleshoot this would be to start re-enabling the items we removed with that last step one at a time, until the problem occurs again.
This would point to the culprit.
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16 Feb 2011   #10

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

gotcha. let me try that. i will let you know.
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