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Windows 7: No Icons in Desktop/Taskbar/Explorer


16 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
No Icons in Desktop/Taskbar/Explorer

Hi guys.

I am going crazy with this problem of mine. See screenshot on how it looks like. This problem just occurred yesterday.

No Icons in Desktop/Taskbar/Explorer-screen3.png

Here is my ancient laptop's specs:

Intel Pentium 4 - M (1.9GHz, single-core)
512MB RAM
40GB HDD
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 (32MB)

Here is a list of what I already did:

*Copied explorer.exe from another laptop; didn't work, so it is safe to assume that it is not the problem
*Full scan with latest Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (v1.45), found nothing
*Safe Mode, still no icons
*Cleared IconCache.db but to my surprise, it was not rebuilt.

In the case I have lacked any information, kindly inform me. To my dismay, this is the longest time that I had spent troubleshooting.

Best regards.



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16 Apr 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Brionac, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since this has just happened, you might do a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened to hopefully fix it for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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16 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Brionac, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since this has just happened, you might do a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened to hopefully fix it for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thanks for the welcome and the proposed solution.

I forgot to include that I already did a system restore to an earlier date (2 days ago) but did not fix anything. Even I got desperate to restore it to the earliest date that I had set up a restore point, but still, no luck.

Perhaps, a core component?
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16 Apr 2010   #4
ryo

 
 

hello brionac..

maybe you uncheck the setting..
right click on desktop and view > check show desktop icons
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16 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryo View Post
hello brionac..

maybe you uncheck the setting..
right click on desktop and view > check show desktop icons
I already have it checked, but the weird thing is, it is not just the desktop icons. The taskbar icons and the explorer windows have no icons as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2010   #6
ryo

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brionac View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryo View Post
hello brionac..

maybe you uncheck the setting..
right click on desktop and view > check show desktop icons
I already have it checked, but the weird thing is, it is not just the desktop icons. The taskbar icons and the explorer windows have no icons as well.
ok trying to create new profile. and see the icon is same issue or not. maybe your profile got virus or something.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Brionac,

If all else fails, you should be able to do a repair install to fix this without losing anything.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brionac View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ryo View Post
hello brionac..

maybe you uncheck the setting..
right click on desktop and view > check show desktop icons
I already have it checked, but the weird thing is, it is not just the desktop icons. The taskbar icons and the explorer windows have no icons as well.
ok trying to create new profile. and see the icon is same issue or not. maybe your profile got virus or something.
I have created another profile, with similar results. The weird thing I observed is, when explorer.exe is not running, all icons are in perfect condition. I tried to access the control panel via Task Manager, and everything seemed fine. Any ideas?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Brionac,

If all else fails, you should be able to do a repair install to fix this without losing anything.
It seems that doing a repair install is the only option left for me. I will try this when I have the chance to possess the disc again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I have no opportunity to have the disc. Maybe after two or three weeks. So, as of the moment, I shall repair this on my own. Or anyone here may have an idea.

Now, it is weird. The instance of explorer.exe without the taskbar (see screenshot) now displays the icons like there is no problem at all.

No Icons in Desktop/Taskbar/Explorer-screen4.png

But, when I run the instance of explorer.exe with the taskbar, there goes the weirdness again. Anyone?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Apr 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Brionac,

Strange. Try this to see if it may help with the Windows Explorer on the taskbar.
  • Right click on the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  • Right click on Windows Explorer in the Jump list, and click on Properties.
  • In the Shortcut tab, check to make sure that you have %windir%\explorer.exe in the Target box. If not, change it to be so, and click on OK.
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