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Windows 7: All icons in my computer and Start Menu have disappeared

13 Aug 2012   #1
nishadsinghi

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 
All icons in my computer and Start Menu have disappeared

hello...
some days ago i installed the ms office 13 consumer preview. for some time, it worked well but after 2-3 days... all the icons in windows had changed to one. I uninstalled office but it still didn't work. i searched in the forum and followed this tutorial - Icon Cache - Rebuild

now all the icons in my computer have disappeared and the start menu is also not working.




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13 Aug 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Nishadsinghi, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If these are all shortcuts that are missing their icons, then you might see if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below may be able to help restore them. It will restore the default associations for LNK files (shortcuts).

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Aug 2012   #3
nishadsinghi

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 

hey brink....
thank you for replying. But these aren't shortcuts. all the icons have dissappeared. COMPLETELY !!
even the start menu isn't working. please help
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13 Aug 2012   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Just as an off chance they may be hidden, download and run UnHide: http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/grinler/unhide.exe
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13 Aug 2012   #5
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker now. It will revert your system files back to windows default, and will get it rid of the Mac customization.

Let us know if the icons back now or not.
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13 Aug 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nishadsinghi View Post
hey brink....
thank you for replying. But these aren't shortcuts. all the icons have dissappeared. COMPLETELY !!
even the start menu isn't working. please help
If the other posts above do not help, then you could also try doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened to hopefully undo and fix this.
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14 Aug 2012   #7
nishadsinghi

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 

as the start menu is not working.... please tell me some other way of opening command prompt window.....i had thought of doing it but was unable....
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14 Aug 2012   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Try it : SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot

But as your start menu is also not working, I would suggest you to perform a Repair Install .
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15 Aug 2012   #9
nishadsinghi

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 

hey jacee this link isn't working... google chrome crashes everytime
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15 Aug 2012   #10
nishadsinghi

windows 7 professional 32bit
 
 

okay... ihave used this unhide but nothing has happened. :/
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