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Windows 7: Missing start menu icons

14 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Missing start menu icons

Hi guys so I have been having a few problems recently. First off is that my start menu icons won't appear fr the correct program (see attached picture) Second is that my desktop icon size always resets on a restart. I have tried finding resolutions to these problems and do not know how to fix them, if you could help em I would greatly appreciate it.

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15 Sep 2012   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Maybe Brink's tut will help: Icon Cache - Rebuild
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15 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit

Thank you, it has worked for my start menu icons, now I am still wondering about the desktop icon size resetting after I shut down.
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15 Sep 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

This is what I have to do with my computer to stop the problem I understand you have with desktop icons. I have to turn on the screen first. Just for a few seconds and then start the computer. If I start the computer first and then the screen all the icons are changed and rearranged. I have no idea why. I use different surge protectors to turn different things on. I this case I turn the screen surge protector on then the screen. Next surge protector to the PC and then the PC and all works well. I have tried many things and so far I haven't out the cause.
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16 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit

That doesn't work, i just tried it. I will just have to live with it.
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16 Sep 2012   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Surgikill View Post
Thank you, it has worked for my start menu icons, now I am still wondering about the desktop icon size resetting after I shut down.
Are you talking about these settings?
Missing start menu icons-dpi.jpg

If so, then there are still some things that you can try.
1) backup registry
Registry - Backup and Restore

2) rename this key
Missing start menu icons-reg1.jpg something like this
Missing start menu icons-reg2.jpg

3) reset your DPI preferences

4) log off and log back on to see if they hold

If that does not solve the issue, then there is still a few more things to try... like updating or reapplying the video drivers - and/or preventing changes to that reg key via the permissions settings.

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20 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 64 bit

Nope, I am talking about the icons on the desktop. If you right click the desktop and go to view you can choose large medium or small icons. well I want large but it will only use medium, the default size.
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21 Sep 2012   #8

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Here is where that info is stored:
(at least that is where it is for my default theme)

Missing start menu icons-reg.jpg

The same steps apply - you can:
backup things
rename the key named count
set your desktop icon size
restart and see if it holds

You can use process monitor to find where the info is stored on your computer.

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21 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 64 bit

I'm sorry but I am still missing what you want me to do. I am at the directory in the registry but I have no clue what I need to edit.
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22 Sep 2012   #10

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Sorry - it is I that should apologize for being too brief.

Keep in mind that working in the registry is dangerous.

I'm working inside a virtual machine - so I have nothing to lose.

I cannot even be positive that these steps will resolve your issue. I'll explain how I found that area of the registry and let you decide if you want to give my steps a try.

Backup up the registry:
Registry - Backup and Restore

There is a key named count

That key can be renamed.

W7 will recreate it and will rebuild some of the info inside of it.

When I changed the icon view from small to medium or from large to medium, Process Monitor showed info inside that count key being set. When I changed the icon view from medium to large or from medium to small, info inside that count key was being deleted by Explorer.

So --- I figured --- that is the key to play with. And that is one of the nice things about virtual machines: you can mess with stuff all you want and then tell them to revert back to the state that they were in before you messed with them,

This shows Explorer via a Process Monitor window (bottom of screenshot and in the background) setting some info in that count key.
Missing start menu icons-0.jpg

So - rename that count key to count-original or anything that you want to call it.
Missing start menu icons-2.jpg
Missing start menu icons-3.jpg

Change the icon view:
Missing start menu icons-4.jpg

Close regedit
log off
log back on
open regedit
Missing start menu icons-5.jpg

Notice that a lot of info has not been rebuilt into that newly created count key. More info will be put in there as you change stuff that pertains to User Assistance (Ease of Access features).

If you don't like the idea of not having all of the other info inside of that count key - then don't rename it... rename the applicable objects under the Name column in the right pane... if you can figure out what they are.

This video is an attempt to show that most of the original info will get put into the new count key as you make use of User Assistance (Ease of Access features).

Let's hope that this work for you :-)

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