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Windows 7: black boxes instead of desktop icons

26 May 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t5wayne View Post
hi, first restart gave me black boxes again but i ran without saving to desktop, saved to desktop before running the second time and i have icons back.
i will restart a few times incase its the 50/50 chance of desktop icons appearing.
will update shortly


Do be sure to post back to keep us informed.


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26 May 2010   #12
t5wayne

windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Is all icons or just shortcuts? If it's just the icons for shortcuts, did you install anything or tweak any thing in an attempt to remove the arrows from shortcuts?
damn, thought we had it there, boxes back.

start menu and notification area is fine, just shortcuts.
yes, i used auslogics boostspeed to remove shortcut arrows.

>bare foot kid... is it worth me trying option 2 and 3 ?
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26 May 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t5wayne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Is all icons or just shortcuts? If it's just the icons for shortcuts, did you install anything or tweak any thing in an attempt to remove the arrows from shortcuts?
damn, thought we had it there, boxes back.

start menu and notification area is fine, just shortcuts.
yes, i used auslogics boostspeed to remove shortcut arrows.

>bare foot kid... is it worth me trying option 2 and 3 ?

Too bad it didn't work for you.

Sorry mate, I've never had need to work with the tutorial, maybe someone else will have some info for you about it.

Next time you want to remove the shortcut arrows come here first, I use this one myself and have had no problems with it.

Shortcut Arrow - Remove or Restore
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26 May 2010   #14
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t5wayne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Is all icons or just shortcuts? If it's just the icons for shortcuts, did you install anything or tweak any thing in an attempt to remove the arrows from shortcuts?
damn, thought we had it there, boxes back.

start menu and notification area is fine, just shortcuts.
yes, i used auslogics boostspeed to remove shortcut arrows.

>bare foot kid... is it worth me trying option 2 and 3 ?
Reverse what you did to remove the shortcut arrows and see if your black boxes go away.
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26 May 2010   #15
t5wayne

windows 7 pro
 
 

richc46
bare foot kid
alphanumeric.....

i thank you for your your warm welcome and your unconditional assistance you have offered me, ive replaced the shortcut arrows and 4 restarts later all is well

from the other side of the fish pond.... hugs and kisses.... in a manly,sporting way he he.

richc46, respect.

bfk,i will take a look at the link as to removing the unsightly shortcut arrows and weirdly the only icon without an arrow is the icon rebuilder shortcut i saved ???

alphanumeric, spot on baby !!!

i will definately be back to increase my knowledge, thanks guys.

i have not had time to explore the forum, can i make a paypal donation ?

many thanks and best regards wayne
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26 May 2010   #16
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Wayne you are so very welcome. We at the forum get out satisfaction from the members kind words, after they are helped. Speaking for everyone; you have made our day. Come back any time, you are always welcome at our Forum.
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26 May 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Wayne.



We're just here to help, no donation needed.
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26 May 2010   #18
t5wayne

windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Wayne you are so very welcome. We at the forum get out satisfaction from the members kind words after they are helped and speaking for everyone; you have made our day. Come back any time, you are always welcome at our Forum.
good man, your kind words and assistance are appreciated
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26 May 2010   #19
t5wayne

windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Wayne.



We're just here to help, no donation needed.
thank you and all the best
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27 May 2010   #20
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

When you said " if i change to medium or large icon size i still get the "small icon" sized black box overlayed on the larger icon (half icon half black box)." in your first post I had a feeling it had to do with removing the arrows. They are just an overlay on a standard icon. I'm glad somebody linked to the tutorial, I was waiting to see if I was right before I did that. I wasn't sure, it was just a hunch. I wish Microsoft would release a tweakui for 7, the closest I've found is the Ultamate Windows Tweaker. Anyway I'm glad you got it fixed and welcome to the forums.
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