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Windows 7: Desktop icons unclickable

03 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Desktop icons unclickable

I am running Windows 7 Home Almost every other day, the icons on my desktop become unclickable. There is no harm done to the computer, but the only way to get the icons clickable again is to end "explorer.exe" process and restart it. I have no idea what is causing this. Shot in the dark, does anyone else know of this problem...and the solution? Thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

My first reaction would be to download and run the free version of MalwareBytes. Make sure to update it, then do a quick scan. Let us know what happens.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Aug 2010   #3
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

When this happens, does it remain that way or does it eventually correct itself? Next time it happens, open task manager and see if anything is using most of your CPU cycles. Does anything else become unresponsive? Taskbar, Start menu, etc? What happens when you right click an icon while this is happening?

A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Have you tried doing a System File Check (SFC) Scan?

If not, then click the Start Orb, type cmd, as soon as it appears, right click cmd, and select Run As Administrator.
Type sfc/scannow and hit Enter. Wait until it's finished verifying.
If it detects problems with your system files, it should be able to fix those automatically.

If I were you, I would also do what Petey7 suggested.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Aug 2010   #5

windows 7

+1 to a guy

And also check the event viewer for any information related to that
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'm having the same issue - cannot find any malware. If I can't find a solution I guess I'll try a system restore. It's quite puzzling!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2010   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

All those ideas are very good. If it was my computer I get worried when something changes and I didn't tell it to change or installed a new program. The first thing I would do is scan with my security programs and I use 4 of them. Next would be sfc /scannow. Please put a space between the c and /. I had a while back the same problem and that fixed it for me. I would not use a restore point until all my security scans passed. My understanding is that some bad things will also infect your restore points. After running your scans and sfc and everything is working properly I removed all my restore points and create a new one. This has worked for me.
Please not! Update you security programs before scanning.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

UPDATE: I couldn't find any malware or any issues on my machine... I then ran sfc/scannow and although it told me there were no issues after it had completed it's scan, the desktop issue seems to be fixed.

I'm quite puzzled but also revealed that it's all okay again.

Thanks for the tips
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Feb 2012   #9

Windows 7

I had the same issue. It started right after installation of Switcher (an Exposé like tool for Windows 7 ).
Shutting down of Switcher removed the problem again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2012   #10


I've solved this same problem this way: Go into Task Manager and into Processes. See how many iexplore.exe*32 processes are running and shut them all down. That should do it.
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