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Windows 7: Icons Missing in Win7 Windows Explorer

14 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64
Icons Missing in Win7 Windows Explorer

I just did a clean reinstall of Windows 7 (from a restore partition) on my HP Envy 14 Laptop. Everything is working fine, bu icons are missing in Windows Explorer. See attached PDF.

All service packs, including SP1, have been installed.

I would greatly appreciate some advice on how to get the original icons back in place.

Thanks to all.


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File Type: pdf Windows Explorer.pdf (225.1 KB, 3 views)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jun 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Doug,

You might see if rebuilding the icon cache may be able to help if it's just corrupted.

Hope this helps. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64


Thanks for your reply. I tried that prior to my post, with no effect.

I finally decided to go back to square one and reinstall the Win7 image. I think I found the problem. My laptop came with Stardock Colors, a desktop theme application. On the reinstall of Windows, I installed that application's desktop theme and the icons started to go bad again. When I went back to the standard windows desktop, everything was - and still is - A-OK.

So, it has been a lesson hard-learned. When something say's "recommended," view it with skepticism!

Thanks again,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Jun 2013   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's great news Doug. Thank you for posting back with your findings. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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