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Windows 7: Can't Click on Desktop Icons

29 Apr 2012   #1

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Can't Click on Desktop Icons

Hello,

I have a Dell Inspiron 14z with i5 processor, windows 7 64 bit (hopefully that's enough information)

I've been having problems right or left clicking on my desktop icons (the ACTUAL icons). Strangely enough, my start menu and task bar work fine and I can right click on the desktop but not on the actual icons. Also, my dell gadgets work fine.

It seems as if someone placed a window over my icons and I can't click them at all. I know it's a minor thing but it's a bit inconvenient at times.

Here are some things I tried so far:

apparently there was a IE-related desktop problem so I disabled all my IE9 addons
-nothing changed

Using the task manager, I shut down explorer.exe and restarted it; still can't click on the icons
-note: when i shut down explorer.exe (my icons looked the same, and an "image" of my task bar was still there - showing that I had chrome and iTunes open but at that moment I wasn't using those applications.)


Hopefully this is enough information to get some help
any advice or tips will be greatly appreciated

-jon pak

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29 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonpak View Post
Hello,

I have a Dell Inspiron 14z with i5 processor, windows 7 64 bit (hopefully that's enough information)

I've been having problems right or left clicking on my desktop icons (the ACTUAL icons). Strangely enough, my start menu and task bar work fine and I can right click on the desktop but not on the actual icons. Also, my dell gadgets work fine.

It seems as if someone placed a window over my icons and I can't click them at all. I know it's a minor thing but it's a bit inconvenient at times.

Here are some things I tried so far:

apparently there was a IE-related desktop problem so I disabled all my IE9 addons
-nothing changed

Using the task manager, I shut down explorer.exe and restarted it; still can't click on the icons
-note: when i shut down explorer.exe (my icons looked the same, and an "image" of my task bar was still there - showing that I had chrome and iTunes open but at that moment I wasn't using those applications.)


Hopefully this is enough information to get some help
any advice or tips will be greatly appreciated

-jon pak
Try the following link for a possible solution;

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

HTH
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jul 2012   #3

windows vista 32bit
 
 

hey Sir George, i created an account just to say Thanks Man! as soon as i clicked on that link, everything was fixed!

thanks again.
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