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Windows 7: Desktop icons don't work


13 Apr 2010   #1

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Desktop icons don't work

I recently built and installed a windows 7 64 bit pc for a customer of mine. She's had it for about 3 weeks without issue. I just no got an email stating that none of her desktop icons work and the desktop itself doesn't seem to respond to mouse clicks. She can however use items from the taskbar. Has anyone seen this issue before?


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13 Apr 2010   #2

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Never seen it before but it does happen, just google frozen desktop.

Suggestions:

First run a Virus/Rootkit/Malware scan. Have her download Avast 5 Free & Malwarebytes
If that doesn't fix it, System Restore.
If that doesn't fix it or work, Repair Install.
If that doesn't fix it, Clean Install.
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13 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Here's a fix for a very similar issue - Windows 7 Desktop icons and right click ability stop working. Let me know if this helps at all.

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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14 Apr 2010   #4

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Here is a statement from the customer that acurately depicts the problem.

First turn on okay. then I opened more windows and when finished I minimize, they then work. However if I ever use the close all function...... dead desktop.

I looked at it today and did a system restore for her. When she checked it afterward and the issue was still there. I did a bios flash and that didn't help either.
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15 Apr 2010   #5

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anyone else have any ideas?
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20 Apr 2010   #6

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I had the user do a system restore as far back as she could go and that solved the issue. My instinct tells me a windows update caused the issue as that was the only thing that was insatlled in the median. If I find out which one caused it I'll report back.
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20 Apr 2010   #7

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Yep - my pc was working ok for a couple of months but since last M/soft updates (I had 5+2 on my PC) bloody Explorer mouse has gone back to it's bad 'glitchy' old ways again!

Whatever they did interfered with mouse/graphics
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02 May 2010   #8

Windows XP
 
 
Check your Antivirus

We've come across this exact same symptom. It turned out to be AVG 9. Once it was removed, the computer worked normally again.

--Rick
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02 May 2010   #9

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RangerRik1 View Post
We've come across this exact same symptom. It turned out to be AVG 9. Once it was removed, the computer worked normally again.

--Rick
Congrats finding your solution - I only use M/Soft Essentials/firewall at the mo'!

My mouse has settled down a bit since last post though. Poss Ati Catalyst 10.4 update mostly sorted it.
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17 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Hi,
I faced the same problem. After reading these posts and many times of trial and error, I removed Internet Explorer from my Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit os and now the problem is solved on my system. Now I use google chrome for exploring web and have no problem with my desktop!
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