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Windows 7: Black desktop icons problem

17 Aug 2009   #1
BleepingCrazy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Black desktop icons problem

Hi Guys,

Ok, my icons were fine over the last few days....and now suddenly for no reason, they are showing up as black squares instead of the default icons.

The windows native icons (computer, Network, etc) are displaying fine.

Anyone know what's causing this?


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17 Aug 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BleepingCrazy View Post
Hi Guys,

Ok, my icons were fine over the last few days....and now suddenly for no reason, they are showing up as black squares instead of the default icons.

The windows native icons (computer, Network, etc) are displaying fine.

Anyone know what's causing this?
BleepingCrazy

Did you change anything like a video driver? Is windows update set to download and auto install? We could help you more if you would fill out your system spevs in the lower left corner of your posts, and tell us if its 32bit or 64, clean install or upgrade

Ken
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17 Aug 2009   #3
BleepingCrazy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yep, seems its the latest video driver (I switched from 32bit colour to 16 and the icons showed again)....weird though...it was working fine over the last few days.

win7 x64 = 3 day old install btw (and "check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them"

gonna try a previous version of the display drivers (nvidia 8800)
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17 Aug 2009   #4
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello BleepingCrazy,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

Might give this a try. It's for Vista, but it's the same.

Hope it helps.

Gary
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17 Aug 2009   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BleepingCrazy View Post
Yep, seems its the latest video driver (I switched from 32bit colour to 16 and the icons showed again)....weird though...it was working fine over the last few days.

win7 x64 = 3 day old install btw (and "check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them"

gonna try a previous version of the display drivers (nvidia 8800)
Let us know if that doesn't fix it.

Ken
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20 May 2012   #6
Flo56

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Have just sorted this for friend who had this black/blanked out icons problem on a Windows 7 laptop. I downloaded the "Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover" program from this link...
Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover - CNET Download.com
and installed it and set the arrow setting to the light arrows one then logged off/on from system and the black/blanked out icons problem was gone. The 'light' arrow setting shows shortcuts with a barely visible blue arrow in the corner which is ideal
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