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Windows 7: On Start up windows 7 show desktop icons twice

22 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
On Start up windows 7 show desktop icons twice

Not sure whats happening..I have a home network set up When I boot up I get a longish black screen then it boots First I get all the icons quickly and then it refreshes seemingly and I get white folders that then get filled in with icons of programs loaded on computer..takes a little while to show second screen..its seems to have become progressively worse over the months..I have many programs. Does the start loaded program make any difference to these screens. Is there more than one start up screen and I am missing how to control this issue...I am only admin no other profiles I anyone help please

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22 Aug 2011   #2


Hi Art. Speculating, but the first thing that comes to mind is icon corruption? This may help:

Icon Cache - Rebuild
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22 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit

James Colbert: Thanks for the prompt reply..sadly it did not work and in fact my boot up time after the changes of re-indexing was much much longer than even before I did the re-indext..not that this could effect it but strange eh.. I get a screen full of 'full program with full coloured' icons and then the change to white folder icons and are then sort of 'filled' one by one by program related icons.... When I had XP years ago I recall there not being enough virtual ram would cause this sort of problem ...could this be the case can I tell and know..
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22 Aug 2011   #4


Have you run a full MSE and Malwarebytes scan (both free)?
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30 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 64 bit

Sorry for delay James..I did as you suggested checked profiles etc..

still got the same problem..and many more right now..lost use of USB drives after a windows update..
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04 Sep 2011   #6

Double boot

I am having the same issue as artinusa. The computer boots, i get a black screen for an extended period, all the icons start appearing as white boxes and then fill in. Once they are filled in the screen blinks out and back on and the icons come back a second time as white boxes that fill in one at a time. This makes every reboot time consuming and a real pain. HELP!
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04 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit


If you ever solve it please let me or 7 forum know.. thanks
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16 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x6

Any solution to this?
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21 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 32 bit

I resolved this problem on my wifes HP laptop by doing the following,
click on the folder beside the Start button,
found the location of the desktop that is in use by doing a right click on Desktop,
then do a RIGHT click on Properties, mine showed(C:\Users\Jenny\Desktop),
then go into C:\Users and do a search on Desktop,
then delete all Desktop that are not related to the Desktop name you found above, mine was(C:\Users\Jenny\Desktop).
If you have more that one user able to log onto your PC, DO NOT delete the other users Desktops.......
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22 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x6

The solution to this is to uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials, as simple as that
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