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Windows 7: 'Use Small Icons' fails to remain that way across reboots

07 Jul 2016   #11
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

JoeWulf, have a look at this Seven Forums website link, that describes your problem.

There is mention of a virus infection as being a possible cause, so you should run all virus & malware removal methods as a precaution. Then follow the fix mentioned towards the end of the thread.

Icon size not remembered


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08 Jul 2016   #12
JoeWulf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@derekimo, thank you for fixing my post. I appreciate the simplification.
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08 Jul 2016   #13
JoeWulf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Ranger4, thank you for that suggestion. I've recently had my laptop sent back to Dell Alienware Tech Support to replace one of the NVIDIA graphics cards. At the same time they did a full/clean reinstall of the Win 7 Ultimate OS back to factory conditions, to include the recovery partition. Once I got my laptop back, I independently booted each one of the following: AVG, Avira, BitDefender, Comodo, Kaspersky and even Micro$loth's WindozeDefender. Those that could downloaded the latest DAT Signatures. None of them reported any malware. I did this to protect myself and it took a bit of time, though it was the safest course for me to ensure my home environment remains clean. I don't need any more challenges, and it was worth the time.

I've reinstalled my OS myself on this and many many other computers over time (both Windoze and Linux), so I'm pretty experienced with the process and how to do it sensibly and safely. I've got a spreadsheet checklist-like that outlines the process of OS updates, patches, software applications to install and important configuration adjustments that need to be made. I use Acronis True Image Backup to protect my entire HD, too.

So after my malware scans came clean, I used my checklist and reinstalled all my apps, tailored/configured everything the way I like it and used Acronis to back it up to save time getting it back to this point in the future should the physical SSD drives crap out. I've reviewed my checklist and I cannot find anything that I would have done that would have borked up such a simple thing regarding stability and consistency of using small icons.

The link you shared is pretty old, from back in 2012... still it's interesting. One person points out for consideration that the user profile being used might be damaged. More on this shortly, I've gotta test that theory out.
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08 Jul 2016   #14
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Best of luck, will be interested to hear results.
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08 Jul 2016   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

This may seem stupid but, when you checked Use Small Icons, did you click Apply before clicking OK?
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08 Jul 2016   #16
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoeWulf View Post
@derekimo, thank you for fixing my post. I appreciate the simplification.
You're welcome.
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08 Jul 2016   #17
JoeWulf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Lady Fitzgerald. I've actually done it both ways, the results are the same, either way. The box for it is always checked, especially when the bad/wrong/broken state is apparent. So, I uncheck it and re-check it (The Apply button us then no longer grey'ed out) and hit "OK".

I have tried it with uncheck 'Use small icons', hit [Apply], check 'Use small icons', hit [Apply], then hit [OK]. The problem goes away during the remainder of this booted/login session. Same problem returns upon the next reboot/login.

I have tried uncheck 'Use small icons', check 'Use small icons', hit [Ok]. The problem goes away during the remainder of this booted/login session. Same problem returns upon the next reboot/login.

I have tried uncheck 'Use small icons', hit [Apply], then hit [OK]; reboot. Once logged back in, I check 'Use small icons', hit [Apply], then hit [OK]; reboot. Same problem returns upon the next reboot/login.

I know it is a small, little, itty-bitty technicality, but beats the hell out of me what it is.

Thank you for the suggestion, though.
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09 Jul 2016   #18
derekimo

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Are you using Log On Automatically at Startup by chance?

From the yellow tip box at the top of our tutorial,

Taskbar - Use Small or Large Icons

'Use Small Icons' fails to remain that way across reboots-2016-07-08_22h03_07.png

Which points to a hotfix,

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/979155


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09 Jul 2016   #19
JoeWulf

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@derekimo, Thanks for checking on that. I have a password-protected user login account.
I will (tommorrow) check out that hotfix though. That holds promise, I think. Thank you!
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09 Jul 2016   #20
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoeWulf View Post
@derekimo, Thanks for checking on that. I have a password-protected user login account.
I will (tommorrow) check out that hotfix though. That holds promise, I think. Thank you!
You're welcome, I thought that might be your solve when I saw it, maybe it will do something anyway.

It's certainly worth looking into.
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