|24 Feb 2011||#1|
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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.
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|25 Feb 2011||#6|
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Nothing helped - I also ran a full virus scan overnight (it scanned almost 8,000,000 items) - nothing found at all, all clear.
Luckily I make images of the C drive at least once a month, using the Windows 7 utility, and I had one 10 days old. So I restored the C drive using the backed up image - it only took about 3 minutes to complete (33GBs of data) and now the problem has gone. But I have no doubt it will reappear yet again at some stage, so I will make sure I make regular images of my C drive & registry..
How does one get Microsoft to look into this (my Windows 7 came from the people who made the PC and they are not interested in such matters) - as I say, I am not the only one who has suffered from this by any means?
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