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Desktop Icons Not Showing Up Properly.

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#1 Cronqvist


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Posted 26 February 2006 - 05:12 PM

Hi, first of all I want to say hello to all at bleepingcomputer, since this is my first post. Now to the reason of it: I need some help.

A few days ago I installed some application that caused my desktop to show no icons. I removed the app immediately, rebooted, and all icons on the Desktop (except for folders) were replaced by the "unknown file type" icon. I've tried a few things and managed to get back some icons through the "change icon" button in Properties, but some icons I could not change or just won't.

The icons that still won't work are: Recycle Bin, Internet Explorer, Default Web Browser (I'm using Firefox), and Sony Ericsson File Manager. These are the things I've done so far:

- Did a System Restore to two different previous points.
- Changed icons through Properties in the respective programs.
- Downloaded registry restorations from http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
- Ran antivirus (avast!), ad-aware and SpyBot. Nothing was found.

None of these have worked for me. The icon files are still obviously in the computer, since they appear all right in my mom's and sister's accounts. And I was gonna live with it but when I turned on the PC today, a blue screen with the windows logo that said "please wait" appeared before the welcome screen, so I'm starting to worry. Do any of you know what the hell's going on with my pc? :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 07:38 PM

If you can get to 'safe mode' I would scan with all the anti-spyware tools, like Ewido, A-squared, Spybot s & d, etc. If that doesn't work try and see if any of the windows updates have upset your syssem. I lost my search facility with a windows update.

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 08:11 PM

NOTE: This is a registry edit. If you're not familiar with working in the registry, DO NOT ATTEMPT.
Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
Remember to backup the registry before making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
Backing up the Registry

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