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The Most Odd Problem I've Ever Encountered... Please Help.


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#1 steve--

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:18 PM

I've got a dell laptop with xp, and a few days ago I shut it down, and took it to a friends house. When I got to my friends, I plugged it in, and turned it on. When it started up all the icons on my desktop changed to the one windows shows when it does not recognize a file. Then when I click on one of them it doesn't work, and I get the message that windows cannot open this file, and this is even true with self executing files. Also when I right click on my desktop, and then click on properties nothing happens.

Ok.... When I do a system restore to an earlier date, this problem I mentioned is partially remedied trmporaraly, but after a day or two it's right back to where it was. Does anyone have any idea what is causing this? It seems to maybe be some file association problem, but I have no idea what is causing it.


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Posted 22 April 2008 - 05:33 PM

Try starting your computer in Safe Mode, and then restart it in Normal Mode. I've heard that this will rebuild the iconcache.db file and may correct your problem.

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 05:51 PM

Try starting your computer in Safe Mode, and then restart it in Normal Mode. I've heard that this will rebuild the iconcache.db file and may correct your problem.

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Thanx for the response, but since the problem that is occuring with my comp also prevented me from using the system restore normally, I had to start the restore process via safe mode, so this was already done. Thanx again :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 05:55 PM

Here's another thing you can try. Download, install and then launch Tweak UI. Click the "Repair" link, then in the right pane of Tweak UI, click on the pull-down and choose "Rebuild Icons". Click "Repair Now", then "OK" to close the dialogue box.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:40 AM

Here's another thing you can try. Download, install and then launch Tweak UI. Click the "Repair" link, then in the right pane of Tweak UI, click on the pull-down and choose "Rebuild Icons". Click "Repair Now", then "OK" to close the dialogue box.

Thanx for the help buda, this is a really annoying problem.
Due to the nature of this problem it makes it hard to achieve some of the things you guys suggested, but it may be possible, I'll see if I can.
Has anyone ever seen anything like this before?
Also, does anyone have any idea what a system restore disk runs for for a dell? Ball park?

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:54 AM

Call Dell and have you product code handy to prove the authenticity and they should be willing to send you one for free or for the price of shipping it.

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 11:57 AM

Hello steve--...

One other thing you might try is a registry fix for the exe file associations. Download the attached file and save it to your desktop. Right click on the downloaded file and choose "Extract All"...extract the file to your desktop. Double click on the extracted file (or right click and choose "Merge") to run the reg file. Accept the changes and reboot.

Attached File  xp_exe_fix.zip   745bytes   22 downloads

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 12:16 PM

In case anyone is wondering...the fix proposed by Wannabe1 appears to be one of the many fixes developed/provided by Doug Knox at http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

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