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Windows 7: Desktop Icons cannot be selected?

07 Jan 2015   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrDetail View Post
Sorry guys but we had snow falling here in Philly all day yesterday. No time to try any fixes yet due to clean-up outdoors.

Yes, it is only the desktop icons that exhibit this problem. No problem with the :Start Menu". Cannot click, right click or otherwise on any desktop icon. It is as if it is dead.

Have not checked my "Temps". Not sure how to do that and correct anything. No fences installed, whatever they are in a PC.
It looks like the desktop doesn't react on mouse clicks at all. Is that what you want to say?
"start menu", task bar, system tray... they all work as expected.... correct?

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07 Jan 2015   #12
Layback Bear

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

I do wonder if creating a New User Account would solve the problem.

User Account - Create
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07 Jan 2015   #13

Windows 7.0 Home Premium

No, the desktop icons that have been created over time do not react when you run the mouse arrow
above them. The "Start" menu and system tray both work fine.
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08 Jan 2015   #14

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

All day snow cleanup in Philly - we only got a few inches of light fluffy stuff out here in the western suburbs

In Windows Explorer, navigate to


you can copy the line above and paste it into the address field of explorer

You should see the same items that appear on your desktop minus he Desktop icons added through personalization.

Do those shortcuts work?

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09 Jan 2015   #15

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64

Icon Cache - Rebuild

How about trying this? Couldn't hurt. I doubt that's the answer though.

BTW do you use Internet Explorer as your browser of choice?
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09 Jan 2015   #16

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64

Also, what does the mouse icon look like when you click on the desktop and this is happening? Does it turn into the waiting icon, or the loading icon, or is just the normal pointer?

Psychic powers are telling me that this is a "Image Hijack" issue. Image Hijack sounds horrible, but tons of legitimate programs do this. (Like Fences, CLover, MS Word, Pbrush). If this is something new, I would look at the last 5 programs I installed searching for conflicts.
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