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Windows 7: Wrong or missing program icons

20 Mar 2012   #1
McDougal

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 
Wrong or missing program icons

Hey all,

It's been a while since I've been here, so sorry if I've posted this in the wrong section.

I needed to remove one of my programs and re-install an older version. After doing so, some of my program icons are gone.

I did some research, and already tried deleting the icon cache, which did not help any. Below I have a picture of what some of my icons have changed to. I also have a picture of the properties window when I try to change the icon back manually:









I really would like to avoid a clean install (but could do it if there's no other solution), and I don't have any System Restore points .

Please let me know if you need any more information, and thanks for the help !!

-McD


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20 Mar 2012   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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20 Mar 2012   #3
McDougal

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Doing so now....how did I forget that .....
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20 Mar 2012   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

also, did you reboot after rebuilding icon cache?
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20 Mar 2012   #5
McDougal

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

@mickey megabyte, yeah, I rebooted a couple of times. Thanks for the suggestion tho.

Just finished the scan...and unfortunately this isn't good news :



Any other ideas?
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20 Mar 2012   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

had a feeling you would have, but it's always worth asking.

only thing i can really suggest now is to uninstall and reinstall the offending apps - has to be easier than reinstalling windows.

you really should get into the habit of system restore or other imaging strategies...

mickey's first law of computing: backup

mickey's second law of computing: backup

it's boring and may seem a waste of time, but it can save a lot of time in the end!
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20 Mar 2012   #7
McDougal

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
had a feeling you would have, but it's always worth asking.

only thing i can really suggest now is to uninstall and reinstall the offending apps - has to be easier than reinstalling windows.

you really should get into the habit of system restore or other imaging strategies...

mickey's first law of computing: backup

mickey's second law of computing: backup

it's boring and may seem a waste of time, but it can save a lot of time in the end!

Yeah I guess you're right. I'm going to check and see how many programs are broken, if it's a lot, then I may just do a clean install. If it's only a few, then I'll definitely just reinstall the programs.

And yeah I do need to start doing System Restore. I do backup my files regularly with SyncToy, but that's it.....
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20 Mar 2012   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

my favourite imaging tool is the free macrium reflect.

the not-free acronis true image is also widely recomended by a lot of forum members.

both are more powerful than the standard windows system restore, which is certainly better than nothing at all!
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20 Mar 2012   #9
McDougal

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Thanks mickey megabyte, I think I'll try Macrium Reflect when I can.

I attempted to uninstall Office, and I got an error message. I also tried uninstalling other broken programs with a different error message, as shown here:



I seem to be running into more and more problems, may just as well do a clean install.

Oh well.....I'll be sure to image next time !
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20 Mar 2012   #10
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

do you remember which program mucked things up in the first place?

i'll stick it on my 'avoid at all costs' list.

it's a good time to image once you've got the OS, updates and drivers installed, and have activated. it's a lot quicker and easier to recover from an image than go through the whole reinstall procedure.
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