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#1 rpaquitania

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:45 AM

Hi everyone! Its my first time to visit this site find and Im thankful that my friend informed me about this. I just have a problem with my control panel. I cant find the folder options. I already used the MS-DOS> control folders but this keeps on prompting. "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions effect on this computer" . What should I do with this?

I badlyneed this to figure out why my applications icon disappeared and looked like what is shown in the picture. All this started when I installed a desktop theme from microsoft website. Though I deleted and removed the program, still I cant revive the original application icons.

Thank you very much and I hope someone can help me with my problem!!!!
Thanks again!

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 11:59 AM

All this started when I installed a desktop theme from microsoft website.


Any chance of using a restore point from before it happened?

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/h...temrestore.mspx
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#3 rpaquitania

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 12:19 PM

HI mArk! I already did system restore but nothing changed. And it also tells me that there is nothing to be restored.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 12:20 PM

Sounds like an infection.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 10:27 PM

hi guys! i hope someone could extend their knowledge to help me out on this problem. tHANKS

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 11:59 PM

During the theme uninstall it is possible that your icons were set to a default setting.

Did you restart the computer after the uninstall? If you did...

Check your Display properties.

right click the desktop> properties

Choose the theme you wish to use, than go to appearance and check to make sure all those drop boxes are correct and displaying what you wish, apply your settings.

If that does not help I would suggest a full system scan for viruses/spyware/malware, it may just be an infection.

Some themes contain malware, an example that I ran into was a malware detection from a Vista theme for XP.

Try that out.
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 06:24 AM

i already tried to scan the whole system, but still i get the same applications icon. also, it tried to check my folder options in control panel and its not there! im havin' a headache right now.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 08:07 AM

Hi rpaquitania.
Go to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office. If the original icons are there, just copy and paste those shortcuts back on the office start menu. If those too have changed, let us know.

How to restore missing Folder Options in Windows XP

Edited by HitSquad, 26 September 2008 - 08:23 AM.


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Posted 26 September 2008 - 08:42 AM

Hello rpaquitania,

This may be a long shot, but for the icon problem, try the steps (1-6: manipulate display color depth) starting at "Re-create the ShellIconCache file. ..." described in the following Microsoft article:

"Icons randomly change to different icons":

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/132668



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Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:22 PM

Thank YOu very much hitsquad and m... for your attention. I already did the instructions you had given and Im glad that I was able to access my folder options already. So my only problem now is my applications icon. I dont know why every application/ installer icons looked all the same. One sample is shown in the pic (an itunes installer). Can I still manage to fix this?

Thanks Guys!!

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:26 PM

hi hitsquad, following ur instructions ... this are the icons shown. Thanks

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:30 PM

Seemsl ike something you installed made all your icons and programs associated with vbs files.

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 01:34 PM

thanks cryptodan for that info. :thumbsup: so what shall I do now? Can I still fix this? im really havin a headache here

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 05:55 PM

Youll have to go through each one and reassign them.




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