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Windows 7: missing shortcut icons

16 Mar 2010   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

EFT,

You might see if uninstalling and reinstalling the program as Newbie posted earlier may be able to hopefully restore them.


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16 Mar 2010   #12
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Try these.
Method 1.
Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Program Options (Program means the name of the program such as Word).
In the Navigation Pane, click Resources. Click Diagnose. Click Continue. Click Start Diagnostics. Let the tool finish then click close.
Method 2.
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Click Programs, and then click Uninstall a Program.
Click the name of the Microsoft Office Edition 2007 you want to change, and then click Change.
Click Repair, and then click Continue.
You may need the Office CD for this.
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16 Mar 2010   #13
HookerForEver

win 7
 
 

how about posting a screenshot of where these shortcuts are. i get this if i try to drag certain shortcuts to nexus dock. i endup having to go through the nexus preferences and point to the item i want as a shortcut on the dock. i am sure there are plenty of programs that if you try to create a shortcut in the wrong manner for it will behave like this.
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16 Mar 2010   #14
eft890

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

so anyone else got any ideas on this?
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16 Mar 2010   #15
XboxOmac

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

This is a rather weird problem. Never encountered that before. Is there any chance a virus, malware, or any malicious file be doing this?

Try a AV scan. Preferably MSE.
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16 Mar 2010   #16
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
EFT,

You might see if uninstalling and reinstalling the program as Newbie posted earlier may be able to hopefully restore them.
This happens to me once in a while, but only if I delete an icon from the desktop that was installed automaticly during a software install. If you want to uninstall the program you have to get everything associated with it out of the registry or the icon will always look the same ( a blank looking piece of paper )

This is something someone new to computing should never attempt.
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16 Mar 2010   #17
XboxOmac

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zomby88 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
EFT,

You might see if uninstalling and reinstalling the program as Newbie posted earlier may be able to hopefully restore them.
This happens to me once in a while, but only if I delete an icon from the desktop that was installed automaticly during a software install. If you want to uninstall the program you have to get everything associated with it out of the registry or the icon will always look the same ( a blank looking piece of paper )

This is something someone new to computing should never attempt.
Using CCleaner, you can do this. Doesn't take a genius to figure out on how to clean up the registry with CCleaner. If you want to be sure, when you clean up the registry, it will ask you before to back-up if any errors do occur. I do that all the time, even though I don't need it.
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16 Mar 2010   #18
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XboxOmac View Post
This is a rather weird problem. Never encountered that before. Is there any chance a virus, malware, or any malicious file be doing this?

Try a AV scan. Preferably MSE.
Usually the cause is from deleting a desktop icon, even though it is usually only a shortcut, it messes with the exe icon.
Case in point... After downloading Adobe reader it puts an icon on the desktop. Nobody wants that on their desktop so you delete it, and sometimes, not all the time it messes up the icon. There is an easy way to fix it but I am not a great command line person, never was.
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17 Mar 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello guys.



There is this tutorial about using "regedit" to find and clean entries from the Windows registry, at the link below.

Registry Editor - Find and Find Next - Vista Forums


There is also this one about exporting / importing a backup of the registry.

Registry - Backup and Restore - Vista Forums
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17 Mar 2010   #20
HookerForEver

win 7
 
 

two things i am not seeing here.

1. try repairing the icon cache.
2. did you create the desktop icons for the office programs then move the original icons from their location?
3. same thing with the word docs as in 2.

even though you should be able to send any item in your start menus programs group as a shortcut to the desktop, then rearrange the the start menu without effecting the desktop shortcuts some times the desktop icon(s) will get corrupted. i still want to see the screenshot i asked for.
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