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Windows 7: Desktop icons become unrecognized

08 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
Desktop icons become unrecognized


I started up my com today and found my desktop icons, as well as taskbar shortcut icons, become unknown icons. Unlike the programme icons that they were, like the S for Skype etc it became an unknown program icon.

Does anybody know how I can fix this?

I've tried restarting my com, but to no avail.

Many thanks in advance.


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08 Dec 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

There are many technical people at this forum, who can give you the technical reason for what happened as well as a technical solution. I, prefer to try the easy way first. Using system restore, restore to a time prior to the problem. Everything should be back to normal. I would then make a system image, put it in a safe place and save it for furutre problems.
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08 Dec 2009   #3


Increase the size of your icons. Does that change anything?

Also, try deleting your shelliconcache file and reboot.
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09 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit

I tried increasing the size of the icons, no effect.
Also tried deleting the shelliconcache file and rebooted but no effect.

I did system restore to a month ago and it worked perfectly well. Thanks loads!
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09 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit

I just realized that the icons become unrecognizable after I install photoshop cs4. Does anybody else have the same situation or is it just me?
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09 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

I have Photoshop CS4 installed and have no problems...
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14 Feb 2011   #7

Win 7 PRO x64
The same problem!

I have the same problem...
I'm with Windows 7 PRO and have no backup files, so...
Here are 2 screenshots. The first one is before changes, and the second one I've made after changing the icon's size. After that I rolled back the size, but they were still like in the second Screenshot.

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