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Windows 7: Context menu (right click menu) Icons missing in Basic Theme

21 Jul 2017   #1
jetspeedz

 
 
Context menu (right click menu) Icons missing in Basic Theme

I've exhausted all my options and spend weeks looking and trying different solutions.

If I disable Theme and Desktop Window Manager Session Manager than I can no longer use Aero themes which is fine b/c I only use classic Basic theme anyway and I prefer this over Aero.

Problem is when I right click on a folder, programs like Eset smart security, Beyond Compare and others icons are missing next to the text. If i turn on the services and go to Aero theme the icons show up.

If i leave the services on and go to classic Basic theme the icons are still missing.

Why does windows 7 behave this way and what is the smoking gun? Yes i have already refreshed icon cache, tested the shellview and menu view apps and many others, none of it works.

Any suggestions is welcome. thanks


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22 Jul 2017   #2
Anak

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Have you seen this? The discussion centers on Beyond Compare icons, but other icons could also be impacted. The two services redraw their icons differently so one fellow (Aaron) is working with his DPI, with some success. DPI Display Size Settings - Change

I found the above when I looked here.
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22 Jul 2017   #3
jetspeedz

 
 

Yep seen those and if you read through the threads you can see the solution is not resolved.
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23 Jul 2017   #4
Anak

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I was afraid of that (you already saw the link), I read only page 4 of the first link.

This seems too simple; Have you gone into: Personalization >Change Desktop Icons near the top of the left panel then clear the "Allow themes to change desktop icons" box >Click Apply and OK. I would restart your system to make sure the setting change is acknowledged.

I say simple because it's designed to only work for system or custom desktop icons but it may have a corresponding affect on context menu icons as it's also part of the "system". Looking at this one way is, the icon's your concerned about are "custom".
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23 Jul 2017   #5
jetspeedz

 
 

Yes, I have tried that as well with no luck. It is really a baffling issue. Something with Aero is causing these icons to show up and its not just Beyond Compare and Eset but others as well.

I think I'm just going to have to live with this for now. Thanks for your suggestions.
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23 Jul 2017   #6
Anak

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You're welcome,

I'm thinking this may be fixed with modifying an existing registry key or adding a new registry key but I haven't run across a road-map yet, then again if its hard coded that basic and aero act this way you may have to live with this.

The only reason I can see that basic won't reveal the icons, is when you are in basic the OS thinks you chose that because you don't want anything "fancy" like associated icons to represent their context menu items.

Let me ask around and see if anyone else has come across this and if it's fixable or permanent.
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23 Jul 2017   #7
ICIT2LOL

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Hello and it might be worth trying a disable of the Eset while you are having a go with some of Anaks suggestions mate.

I am not sure this will work just a gut feeling and something I would try and you don't need to be hooked up to the net while you do it if malware is a worry to you. .
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23 Jul 2017   #8
ethel

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Everyone, I have been looking all over the tutorials relating to the context menu, I do not know if the

link below is of any help.



Context Menu - Add Shortcuts with Icons
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23 Jul 2017   #9
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Thanks John and ethel,

I've heard of anti-virus overriding some system settings; ethel, your eyes are better than mine, I was looking for something like your link, if anything it shows a rough location and structure of the registry.

I had one myself awhile back, the context menu handler sub-key was empty and I had to enter the value to show it in the menu when in use.
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23 Jul 2017   #10
jetspeedz

 
 

thanks guys, I have seen that link and many others, no cure for this as far as I'm concerned. I also tested this with minimal software installed and removed Eset and others but its not just these programs I mentioned. There is something about win7 and the Aero theme which has to do with rendering in the background and how the software developers use the gpu to provide these icons in the context menu. Without the source there is really now way to know.
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