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Windows 7: Icons & Thumbnails don't appear in windows explorer or taskbar anymore

14 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Icons & Thumbnails don't appear in windows explorer or taskbar anymore

I'm never the one to ask, but I don't know what happened. I tried looking online but I couldn't find any solutions. It seems like all my icons (including folders) are not showing up in windows explorer, taskbar, or the desktop anymore. This isn't too big a problem, but navigating through my picture library is very complicated without thumbnails.

  • My PC is pretty heavily customized.
  • I also cannot open the start menu from the taskbar anymore. I click the startorb and nothing appears.

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Also, while I was uploaded the three screenshots to imgur, the icons showed up on the popup to windows explorer.

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14 Mar 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

start off with a SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker and restart when finished.
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14 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by koolkat77 View Post
start off with a SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker and restart when finished.
Yup, already did that. All that I could see that changed was that the start orb had reverted back to its default look. I still cannot see any icons.
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14 Mar 2012   #4

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have you tried this Icon Cache - Rebuild
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14 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by koolkat77 View Post
have you tried this Icon Cache - Rebuild
Just tried it, it didn't work
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14 Mar 2012   #6
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by standard View Post
  • My PC is pretty heavily customized.
I hope in this customization there is an iconpack ... that you installed by running an installer script .... and the iconpack disables folder thumbnail preview ? You have changed your icons a few times, too ?

If so, you go for a Repair Install . There is on other easy fix for your issue.
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14 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by standard View Post
  • My PC is pretty heavily customized.
I hope in this customization there is an iconpack ... that you installed by running an installer script .... and the iconpack disables folder thumbnail preview ? You have changed your icons a few times, too ?

If so, you go for a Repair Install . There is on other easy fix for your issue.
I had only used the icon pack on my rocketdock. Thanks for helping though.
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14 Mar 2012   #8
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by standard View Post
I had only used the icon pack on my rocketdock. Thanks for helping though.
Are you sure you have not applied any third party icon pack in your computer, other than in rocketdock ?

In this case ... disable thumbnail preview using the tutorial Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable , and see if the folder icons .... and the generic filetypes for other icons load .
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