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Windows 7: Large & extra large icons blank

29 Aug 2014   #11
jhsparky

7-32,-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by coffeewow View Post
You shouldn't need to merge the files unless you already deleted the whole thing. Just delete the bottom 2 lines.

You should probably google merging registry keys though and do some reasearch on the process because you can really hose up your computer if you dont know what your doing. I dont know your background though. So just sayin...

Basically to merge you just copy those keys into notepad and change the file to a .reg and windows will ask you if you want to merge it when you double click on the file. You'd also need the windows registry header on there too. Im not on a computer atm or I'd post that for ya. It can be googled as well though.
Thanks coffeewow, I now realize I didn't phrase my question correctly, sorry. My brain and mouth were going in two different directions. Should all the lines be in there? I can add them if they should be.


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31 Aug 2014   #12
coffeewow

Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2012 All 64bit
 
 

Yes, all the lines except the bottom 2, that being the ones with the linkey info.
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09 Feb 2016   #13
Typo91

Windows 7
 
 

FIXED IT!!! thank you coffeewow!

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

was missing all the entries.... i started found that i could not even edit it... because first i made a quick merge file and i got denied... I am like a super windows pro myself, so this has really been bugging me... i am not about to reload windows just to fix icons...

But sure enough this was my problem....

WHAT WAS WRONG... this is the odd part...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows - permission had "everyone" with nothing checked effectively denying access to the system and everyone in the folder.

The very instant i removed "everyone" from the access list to match the rest of the keys in that section, the OS instantly populated the correct keys into the spot, without me even having to merge them in. I assume thats from the back up in the Wow6432Node.

BAM, bobs your uncle! all my folder blank icon wohas are over without even a reboot, or explorer restart.

This post lead me straight to the root of my problem. thanks!
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05 Oct 2018   #14
dhowlan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Icon problem and black background solved

First, a large thank you to coffeewow as this would still be causing me massive irritation. I had the icon issue, large and extra large not showing anything but a clear tile, but if i click on medium and go back, they would show again. Also, the thing that started it was a black background or wallpaper and no ability to change it to anything other than a solid color.



This occurred following a reboot for a windows update. Hmm, microsoft software caused a problem with microsoft software? Who knows at this point, but that was when the problem started. The updates were .net framework related (two of them). I uninstalled them (just realizing now i need to reinstall them and see if it is still fine) and went back to a restore point but the problem remained. I also tried the myriad of possible solutions posed by microsoft and others- Ease of access, transcodedwallpaper issue, repaired and then uninstalled and reinstalled windows live essentials 2011, 3rd party display software (i had none, but did remove sagethumbs to no good effect), created a new user (but still no bueno), changed many folders in AppData to unhidden. There may be more, but you get the idea. There were enough threads with the OP finally giving up (even after reinstalling windows) that i knew this must happen to other people and never get solved.



Thankfully, because of the thumbnail icon issue, i found the coffeewow information. And now I'm dredging it up from the archives because i still think there are a lot of people (in what seems like every windows os) who never solved this and need to know how.



My registry for those sections [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows] and [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows] were only inhabited by 3 lines. One was the default empty line, one was the AppInit dll line and the other was the AppInit to load dlls. I entered all the lines offered by coffeewow in both sections, rebooted and voila a background with wallpaper. And my thumbnails are showing up correctly now.



Clearly, i would never have sorted this out on my own. I'm still not sure my registry looks how it did 2 weeks ago or what caused this in the first place. Rest assured, i have run several malware, antivirus, etc programs to try to make sure nothing is still going on. Many thanks again to coffeewow for posting his/her solution.
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08 Oct 2018   #15
Green Nerd

Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhowlan View Post
First, a large thank you to coffeewow as this would still be causing me massive irritation. I had the icon issue, large and extra large not showing anything but a clear tile, but if i click on medium and go back, they would show again. Also, the thing that started it was a black background or wallpaper and no ability to change it to anything other than a solid color.



This occurred following a reboot for a windows update. Hmm, microsoft software caused a problem with microsoft software? Who knows at this point, but that was when the problem started. The updates were .net framework related (two of them). I uninstalled them (just realizing now i need to reinstall them and see if it is still fine) and went back to a restore point but the problem remained. I also tried the myriad of possible solutions posed by microsoft and others- Ease of access, transcodedwallpaper issue, repaired and then uninstalled and reinstalled windows live essentials 2011, 3rd party display software (i had none, but did remove sagethumbs to no good effect), created a new user (but still no bueno), changed many folders in AppData to unhidden. There may be more, but you get the idea. There were enough threads with the OP finally giving up (even after reinstalling windows) that i knew this must happen to other people and never get solved.



Thankfully, because of the thumbnail icon issue, i found the coffeewow information. And now I'm dredging it up from the archives because i still think there are a lot of people (in what seems like every windows os) who never solved this and need to know how.



My registry for those sections [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows] and [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows] were only inhabited by 3 lines. One was the default empty line, one was the AppInit dll line and the other was the AppInit to load dlls. I entered all the lines offered by coffeewow in both sections, rebooted and voila a background with wallpaper. And my thumbnails are showing up correctly now.



Clearly, i would never have sorted this out on my own. I'm still not sure my registry looks how it did 2 weeks ago or what caused this in the first place. Rest assured, i have run several malware, antivirus, etc programs to try to make sure nothing is still going on. Many thanks again to coffeewow for posting his/her solution.
Got the same issue after installing Windows 10 on my new PC. After doing a ton of research and rebuilding my icon databases, luckily a found this thread.


Also a lot of other Windows 10 users have this issue. See: Windows Explorer Extra Large Icons View Not Working - Part 2 - Microsoft Community


Btw I used (and copy it into a .txt file and renamed it to .reg):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
"IconServiceLib"="IconCodecService.dll"
"DdeSendTimeout"=dword:00000000
"DesktopHeapLogging"=dword:00000001
"GDIProcessHandleQuota"=dword:00002710
"ShutdownWarningDialogTimeout"=dword:ffffffff
"USERNestedWindowLimit"=dword:00000032
"USERPostMessageLimit"=dword:00002710
"USERProcessHandleQuota"=dword:00002710
@="mnmsrvc"
"DeviceNotSelectedTimeout"="15"
"Spooler"="yes"
"TransmissionRetryTimeout"="90"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
"IconServiceLib"="IconCodecService.dll"
"DdeSendTimeout"=dword:00000000
"DesktopHeapLogging"=dword:00000001
"GDIProcessHandleQuota"=dword:00002710
"ShutdownWarningDialogTimeout"=dword:ffffffff
"USERNestedWindowLimit"=dword:00000032
"USERPostMessageLimit"=dword:00002710
"USERProcessHandleQuota"=dword:00002710
@="mnmsrvc"
"DeviceNotSelectedTimeout"="15"
"Spooler"="yes"
"TransmissionRetryTimeout"="90"
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15 Oct 2018   #16
voja21

Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64
 
 
Great thanks - solution works!

I wish to thank coffeewow for this great solution!

I had exactly the same problem.
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3 Weeks Ago   #17
bodeg

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Many thanks to coffeewow

I having that problem for months on my Windows 8.1.
That caused problems with other software, like VMWare.

Micrisift suggestion to run a scan and fix did not solve it.

After coffeewow's regedit fix - everything works properly

Thanks for sharing
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2 Weeks Ago   #18
JillMcAlly

Win 10 Home 64 bit
 
 
Still need help, please

Hey, i found someone with the same problem after weeks of searching but im kind of a noob with win10 still and i never edited the registry.
Could someone post a step-by-step guide for this problem?
This could help more people with the same problem and it could get posted to the official microsoft websites to spread the solution.
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