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Windows 7: Empty Windows\Installer folder and generic icons

03 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
Empty Windows\Installer folder and generic icons

Hi, I have encountered some trouble with my icons becoming generic. It started off with some icons turning generic, and then more and more over the past couple of days. When I try to change a icon, it says windows can't find a file in the %Systemroot%\installer folder. So I looked at the "Windows\Installer" folder (after turning on hidden/system files) and there was only one executable in it. I know that it should have a lot more files in it, but the total size of the folder is less than 1 MB. Unfortunately, my system restore doesn't go far back enough to restore everything.

As for changes to my computer, I did take ownership of the Windows folder a week or so ago to change explorer.exe and ExplorerFrame.dll (I followed some guide online). But I know I did not make any additional changes to the Windows folder.

Any suggestions?

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03 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

If the problem started after you changed permissions on the Windows folder and then you modified core Windows components, then it's possible that is the cause of the problem. Hopefully you made backups of those files - restore the originals.
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03 Nov 2009   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Cubs, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if doing a repair install may be able to fix it for you without losing anything.

Hope this helps,
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