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Windows 7: Folder Icon


19 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Folder Icon

Hello,
My folder icon has suddenly turned into a generic folder icon. However, I have over hundreds of files in there, and there should be sheets sticking out of the folder showing the various file types. How can I fix the folder icon?

Thanks.


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19 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Justin,

Which folder is this, and is it just happening to this one folder, or all folders?
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19 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks, Brink
1 folder only.
Other folders are perfectly fine. Have already reset icon cache. No use :P
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19 Jan 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Okey doke. See if right clicking on the folder, click on Properties, Customize tab, Change Icon, Restore Defaults, and OK may restore it.
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19 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

That worked
Thanks.
But strangely, the folder was named "Documents", and reseting to the defaults changed it to "My Documents", even though it is not the "My Documents" folder in each user profile :P
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19 Jan 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

At least the icon is back so far.

What's the full path of the folder?
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19 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

C:\Users\[Username]\Desktop\Documents.
If I use CMD and dir that path, it's correct. If I dir the same thing, but "My Documents", it doesn't work.
That's AFTER I renamed the folder.
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19 Jan 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's perfectly normal for all of the "My...." user folders.

The folder is called "My Documents" by default, but it's referenced by "Documents" in the file system instead.
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19 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well, I have a "My Documents" folder (not on the desktop because I removed it from there) and another "Documents" folder that I manually created.
But I realized what you said :P If I browse to the system's "My Documents" folder and shift-right click to open CMD, it says "C:\Users\[Username]\Documents"
But the folder I am talking about is on the DESKTOP, and the path is "C:\Users\[Username]\Desktop\Documents".

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19 Jan 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Could be an issue with your "My Documents" location set in the registry. Use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to make sure that it's set to the default location.

User Folders - Restore Default Location
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