Computer is an Acer Aspire 5720Z running Windows 7 SP1 (with all current updates). Somehow I have ended up with an "All Control Panel Items" icon on my desktop that I can't get rid of. I went in to the Desktop Icons panel and verified that "Control Panel" and "Allow themes to change desktop icons" were both unchecked. They are. So I checked both, applied (at which point ANOTHER All Control Panel Items" icon appeared on my desktop for a total of 2 of them), then unchecked both and applied (and the duplicate disappeared) - still leaving one on the desktop. I also have tried switching themes, and no mater what is selected, the control panel icon remains. I found a MS article on it and also ran a virus scan on the system with Avira AV Premium 2012 as well as SuperAntiSpyware (system is clean).
Any ideas on how to get rid of it? It is functional and takes me to the "classic view" of control panels.
Downloaded and installed "Unlocker". It brought up a dialogue to choose a location... I went to the user folder > desktop and it brought up 2 explorer.exe processes (with different ids). Is this normal or should I choose something else? Never used this before and it's not exactly self explanatory.
I checked the task manager and only see one instance of explorer.exe running in the process list.
That works for other icons on my desktop, however when right clicking on the control panels icon, the only options I get are "Open" and "Create Shortcut" - nothing else. I'm no windows expert, but I am wondering, is it possible I have a duplicate entry in the registry somewhere (I'd have no idea where to look though)?