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Windows 7: Some windows desktop ICONS are "faded"

14 Sep 2010   #1
MisterEdF

Win 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 
Some windows desktop ICONS are "faded"

I've just noticed that recently some of my desktop ICONS are "faded" (sorry, no sun in this room). I've never remember seeing this before. I assume it has some significance but I have no idea what that would be.

See attachment for examples. Anyone know what it means (and how to disable that feature):




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14 Sep 2010   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi MisterEdF, welcome to the forums :)

You may have (inadvertently) hidden those folders/files and have explorer set to show hidden/system files/folders. You might want to right click each file just to make sure that they're not 'hidden'. That's normally the case for greyed out folders/icons/files.

Hope it helps :)


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14 Sep 2010   #3
MisterEdF

Win 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the welcome ....

Nope, not hidden. That was one of the first things I checked. About half the file and folder icons are showing this.

Must be something simple ..... just have to figure out what. :)
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14 Sep 2010   #4
MisterEdF

Win 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

LOL ... just figured it out. Sorted my "installed programs" by install date and I recently installed PICASSA (Google). Uninstalled it and it went away.

Duhhhhh!
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14 Sep 2010   #5
Orbital Shark

 
 

You could try resetting the folder/icon views.

If you open explorer then click Organize->Folder and search options you can then reset both the tabs you see in the pics

General Tab
Some windows desktop ICONS are "faded"-capture1.png
(click 'Restore defaults')

View Tab
Some windows desktop ICONS are "faded"-capture2.png
(click 'Reset folders' and 'Restore defaults')


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14 Sep 2010   #6
MisterEdF

Win 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

You must have just missed the message I posted right before yours. :)
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14 Sep 2010   #7
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MisterEdF View Post
You must have just missed the message I posted right before yours. :)
must have done...DOH! lol
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14 Sep 2010   #8
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MisterEdF View Post
You must have just missed the message I posted right before yours. :)
must have done...DOH! lol


Good to see you Orbital Shark
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11 Jul 2011   #9
matterofgravity

Windows7 Professional
 
 

Important NB - CYbot B Virus- I should have added that when I got into SAFE MODE, I could run System Restore, by typing SYSTEM RESTORE into SEARCH; which cleared the virus.
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11 Mar 2012   #10
Whiznot

windows
 
 

I experienced the faded desktop icon problem after cloning my boot drive with Easeus Todo Backup. The problem was solved by employing Orbital Shark's suggestion to switch Folder views back to the defaults. I was then able to go back to my preferred settings with everything displayed properly. Thank you, Orbital Shark.
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