Posted 16 March 2008 - 01:35 AM
I was going to post my own question but saw what JGM had written. I have the same problem. First, start menu icons disappeared, reverting to a generic icon and some of the icons in Windows Explorer did the same thing. These were icons that identified which application they were associated with. Only a few still survived. I made attempts to get them back using the Folder Options applet. No luck, but at least the exe file icons remained. I tried a suggestion, found on another forum, to delete the iconcache.db. That didn't work because it doesn't exist on my XP SP2 system. Then I tried another suggestion, downloaded Tweak UI and used the Repair Icons option. The result is that I have now lost every Icon in my system for every application I have. I now can't even put a recognizable shortcut Icon on my desktop the way I used to, right-clicking on the exe file in Explorer, and choosing "Create Shortcut". That method gets me the same ugly generic icon. I have been able to restore the correct icons to my desktop by opening the properties box and choosing "Change Icon". I have to choose it twice and open the Advanced Tab also, even though it doesn't allow me any options. Still, those are the only ones I've been able to fix. All my Icons in Windows Explorer are gone. Even the application icons, even for Microsoft applications. I even tried restoring the registry from the day before the big disaster but it didn't help.
So - A few days ago I had an irritating problem that I couldn't fix. Now I have a BIG problem and not only do I not know what to do about it, I'm afraid to try out hamluis' solution. I wonder if you could give me a little more information about what the repair installation entails. Why must I have Explorer 7 installed. I do, but I wonder what that has to do with it. Also will be checking back to see how JGM fares if he/she tries it.
While I was writing this, I opened Control Panel. In that folder all the icons are there.