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Desktop Icons Not Working

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#1 rnm512


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Posted 17 August 2007 - 11:09 PM

Hi. I'm having a problem with all of my desktop icons. When I try to open anything, I get the following message:
Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have appropriate permission to access the item.
I even get this message when trying a system restore!
I was able to run everything in safe mode (had to manually load anti-virus, etc.) one time. When I tried doing a system restore in safe mode, it re-booted with the same problems. Now it even does it in safe mode.
Scans with my A/V (nod32) and anti-spyware(AVG) came up empty.
Please help!

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#2 TMacK


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Posted 18 August 2007 - 10:27 AM

Hi rnm512 and Welcome to Bleeping Computer.

Run the URL Fix from Windows XP File Association Fixes by Doug Knox.
Follow the instructions at the top of the page.

This option involves modifying the Registry, so be sure to back it up and know how to restore it should a problem occur.
How to Backup, Edit and Restore the Registry.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.

aaaaaaaa a~Suzie Wagner

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