I know I am not alone with this problem, but haven't been able to find a solution online - last encountered it some months back, but today it is back again. Folders 'show' as white squares (invisible) and many files lose their default icons and go blank as well. It's not just the icon picture - a whole batch of bmp files have been affected: if I right-click on them and choose Properties, the information tells me they are 1x1 pixel (they are not), or on others I am told that the bmp file is a folder containing 100s of MBs of files. (Wrong!).
Clearly Explorer has had (another) nervous breakdown. This occurred today as I was working as usual - no new programmes or alterations to the system. Last time a System restore fixed it, but has anyone sorted out what the problem is here?
System restore didn't help this time - same thing. Even worse, my bmp files are being destroyed as I open the folder. For a split second they show as they should when I open the containing folder, then they go white and register as 1kb in size. If I choose to overwrite the folder with a backed up copy, without opening it, the replace files dialogue shows all files as being their original size however (i.e - no instance of do I want to overwrite the 'corrupt' 1kb file with the proper 2MB file, or whatever. The sizes and dates of the files show as being all the same.