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Windows 7: Desktop and Start menu icons not working

21 Oct 2010   #1
Rochdale Cowboy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
Desktop and Start menu icons not working

I'm having a rather frustrating problem. When I click on any desktop or start menu icons, the apps won't launch. The apps appear in windows processes, but do not show in applications on the taskbar. If I right click them and use 'Run as administrator', they launch correctly. Items in control panel are behaving likewise. I can launch control panel, but am unable to elevate some of the commands to administrator status (no right click launch available).

Driving me crazy . Please help if you can....

Ian


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21 Oct 2010   #2
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Hello welcome to sevenforums Ian
Have you done a system restore to a time before the problems started?
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22 Oct 2010   #3
Rochdale Cowboy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for replying myzr7. Yes. Restored until I got it to work again and then created a new restore point. Now that restore point isn't working. After a few restarts, the problem arises again., so going down the restore avenue, may not be practicable.
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22 Oct 2010   #4
Rochdale Cowboy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Everything running ticketyboo in safe mode. Ran Malwarebytes. Nothing untoward found.
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22 Oct 2010   #5
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Have you tried under a different user account or modifying your uac settings??
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22 Oct 2010   #6
Rochdale Cowboy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

How bizzare! Can't switch users. Screen goes black then reappears as me again...
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22 Oct 2010   #7
Rochdale Cowboy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

When I log off. The system is automatically rebooting with my user account...
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22 Oct 2010   #8
Rochdale Cowboy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I can't change my account from standard to admin in user accounts, because it is greyed out. I used to be admin. Don't know how this changed. As far as I am aware, the UAC is disabled.
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22 Oct 2010   #9
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

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22 Oct 2010   #10
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

....welll um...... can you open command prompt type in netuser and tell us what users show up???
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