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Windows 7: Wiped Out Environment Variables Broke my Explorer Large Icons

13 Dec 2014   #1
djvisage

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Wiped Out Environment Variables Broke my Explorer Large Icons

I erased by mistake the "PATH" environment variables and I assume this broke my icons in every single folder. The large icons doesn't work, but instead just produce blank invisible square as shown on the pic below.

[IMG]http://s9.postimg.org/o0k19lgxa/****ed_up_icons12_13_2014_02_01_04.jpg[/IMG]

Here's what I tried and didn't help:
  • Assigning the correct PATH variables
  • Delete the icons cache/reboot
  • No system restore point


Also the desktop background can't be set.

Thank you in advance!


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14 Dec 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Do a System Restore to before you did this, should fix the problem.
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21 Dec 2014   #3
djvisage

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thank you Ztruker. Unfortunately, there are no restore points
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21 Dec 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Is their any reason you don't have Restore Points?

Take a look at this tutorial by Brink.

Icon Cache - Rebuild
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21 Dec 2014   #5
djvisage

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

No point, they're setup. But nothing in the list
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21 Dec 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Did you or did you not look at the tutorial I posted?
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21 Dec 2014   #7
djvisage

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes I did,
I did this more than 20 times now, trying to rebuild the cache.
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21 Dec 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

The only other thing I can think of is a Repair Install.

By Brink:
Repair Install
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22 Dec 2014   #9
djvisage

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes this is my last resort. I'll for sure will make a backup of My Docs and my desktop, but will this wipe out my installed software and user settings/files?
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27 Jan 2015   #10
djvisage

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I didn't drop the case.
I would like to thank all of you for your help. I tried everything possible, but nothing really worked.

After few months in waiting and unsuccessful tries of tens of different options I did a repair: Repair Install

This did fix my issues and kept all my files in tact. My C was 24.7 GB free before and after the repair.

Thanks again!
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