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Desktop Icons keep getting deleted.

Q: Desktop Icons keep getting deleted.

Right ok not sure if this is the correct part of the forum to post it but I would imagine so. I work as a First Line Support Incident Handler and basically work in a help desk call centre thing and often get calls where a user has logged onto another w/s and they've lost their icons and I'm not too sure why it happens. I was just wondering if anybody had any ideas why this is happening? Is it their profile getting corrupt on the server or network issues or what? The users icons are on the previous w/s they logged onto but when they go on to any other workstation that they haven't logged onto before its not showing them, its like they've been deleted from their profile on the server, so any ideas?

Thanks!

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I deleted some files off my desktop. The data was deleted, but the icons are still there. They now contain "0 bytes". I've tried deleting them, and I get an error message saying that the file cannot be found. I've tried refreshing my desktop. I've tried restarting. I've tried deleting in safe mode. I can't rename them, and I can't move them, because they "can't be found."

A:Desktop Icons Deleted, But Won't Disappear

You could try CCleaner. It has settings for removing dead start menu and desktop shortcuts. It's a freebie and very good to have anyway.

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I have numerous desktop icons (shortcuts, recycle bin, my documents folder) that I cannot delete. These icons are duplicates of the normal active icons that are either on my desktop or in the taskbar. The "unusable" icons aren't even recognized as being icons (so that if I right click on the desktop and select view and uncheck "show desktop icons", these icons remain). The icons cannot be selected (either right or left clicked), they cannot be moved, they do not highlight when moused over. Any suggestions on how to remove these? I've tried refreshing the desktop, rebooting several times, etc. They do not show up in the desktop folder within c:\users\<your user name>\desktop folder or the public desktop folder either.

A:duplicate desktop icons that can't be deleted

WHAT are the icons? How and when did they appear?

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So whenever any user on my pc deletes a shortcut, the other users lose it as well. I don't know if the desktops are somehow synced between the users, but is there anyway to fix this other than deleting the icons and then re-adding them for each user that wants it, and is there any other such between-user syncing I should be aware of?

A:How do I stop desktop icons being deleted between users

The between user syncing is "Public" in the Users directory. Of course that is why it is getting deleted by the other users.

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This is probably the worst operating system Microsoft has ever developed, Even worse than the Millennium, which was pretty bad. Somehow windows 10 installed it's self and I decided to try it....Then before the 30 days were up I wanted to uninstall. Guess what you only have 28 days. So when I tried to uninstall it my fences and desktop icons disappeared as well as my office software and other things. What a mess. When I tried to use shadow to reinstall the deleted programs, icons etc. They would not reinstall due to windows 10 deleting part of the programs. There is also a pop up screed on the windows that keeps popping up and you can't get rid of it. Well you know I am MAD! Not only that the AMD driver is also not working and HP says that it has not a fix for this yet. Microsoft is no help what so
ever. Any suggestions short of never buying a Microsoft product again!

A:Windows 10 deleted software and desktop icons

Fran, welcome to the forums. I have a few suggestions.

1. Always create a recovery disc.
2. Always have back ups, Use image programs like Macrium or Aomei to create images.
3. Before venturing to something new, make sure you did 1 and 2.
4. Look into system restore, if it worked at one point you can go back to that point.
5. Don't be so quick to bash MS, you made user mistakes.
6. There is always Linux and Mac options

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I have an Acer Aspire as well as an HP Compaq Presario (both running Windows 7). Both have had this problem, though the HP only happens every now and then. Now, on the Acer when I save an image/file/folder/etc to the desktop and then decide to delete it, the content is deleted but the icon stays. I have tried rebooting the computer and it does not work. The only way I can get rid of them is to create a new image/document/folder with the same name and then using the "Shredder" to delete them permanently. The shredder however is only temporary, in fact I can only use it 14 more times. Has anyone else encountered this problem or have a solution? Thank you for your help.

A:Item icons stay on desktop even after being deleted or moved.

Dear cwbamo,
Welcome! Check for any Add-ons to your browsers and just remove them!
More importantly, "infection" is high on the list of causes. Please update the installed AV and run it! After finishing the scan,if necessary>>

Download MBAM from here and run it after updating :Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer

After finishing the scan and if any infection is found, follow the guided steps to remove the Malware.

Just a trick! Refresh the desktop by RT.Clicking and choosing "refresh"! Sometimes it works!
best wishes,
sreedhav
PS: Sorry for the delay in reply, it's the peak hour traffic here in General Discussion all the time!

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I tried combofix to delete malware that had infected two computers running Windows XP and Vista respectively -- yes, yes, I'm aware of all the disclaimers and that it should only be used under the supervision of a qualified expert, etc -- and apparently I didn't do it all that well. I'm not sure what went wrong, as when I ran it on the computer running Vista it seemed to work better (although I got a message on that computer that there were some windows issues needing repair, but after I clicked on the option for Windows to look for a solution the basic functionality seemed to work fine). Perhaps my mind slipped and I opened it not from the desktop but from the downloads folder on the XP machine.

Anyway, the results on the computer running XP were indeed disastrous: most (not all) of the desktop icons vanished, and the error message I get is that my "local profiles" can't be found. Thus, my "owner" profile and the associated password didn't work (although the computer gave me a temporary log on that allowed me to log on, and I reinserted my user name as "owner" and the same password, but after rebooting I get the same message that the local profiles can't be found).

More importantly, the Outlook desktop icon vanished, and when I try to open Outlook in other ways it doesn't recognize me and it tries to get me to configure Outlook as if for the first time. I've got years of email, contacts, tasks, calendar ite... Read more

A:Combofix deleted desktop icons, profiles, outlook

Restoring Windows XP to a previous StateHow to peform a System Restore from a command prompt in Safe Mode

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Um I got somewhat of a stupid question

I got a virus and it deleted all of my icons like: Desktop, Recycle Bin, Network, IE, and many others.

I got them all back except for the show desktop button.

How would i get that back?

I can right click the task bar and click show the desktop but it is just not the same as the button next to the start menu

When it comes to computers i am usually the best but this time this stupid little problem has stumped me lol

Thanks for your help

A:Virus deleted most icons I got all of them back exept for show desktop

This?

Show Desktop Icon on Taskbar - Windows 7 Forums

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so i have to use the CTRL+ALT+Del (Windows Task Manager) to control my applications. i tried typing in 'explorer.exe' but it came up as missing and when i try to restart in safe mode, it doesnt exist. my computer works just fine except its a huge hassle to have to find all the applications.

What do i do??

A:my computer deleted 'explorer.exe' and now the taskbar, desktop icons are missing...

Wish I could help but I've had exactly the same problem for several weeks now. Trawled through many support groups and google pages but without any joy. Task Manager is growing onme...

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Folks,
I had issues today with desktop icon refusing to move and very slow performance. While I have Zonealarm Pro as my spyware and firewall s/w and AVG as my virus software, I assumed that something had come through.

1 I down loaded Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It found the following:

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\atmgr.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

2 I turned off and on the laptop, taking out the battery to make sure all was reset.

3 I reran the Virus, Spyware and Malware scans which all came back clean.

4 I restareted.

5 The problems persisted.
-The icons on the desktop are still locked (Auto arrange and arrange to grid are NOT turned on.)
-My mouse scroll wheel doesn't have any effect.
-After a restart, when I try to open IE, it takes itself into offline mode and trys to start a dial-up connection???

6 I downloaded HijackThis.exe and ran the scan.

7 I posted this. HijackThis scan details below.

Any advice would be appreciated. I'm non-techie, but reasonably competant, and follow instructions well!
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:18:31, on 14/11/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16735)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender... Read more

A:Trojan deleted but still: desktop icons locked, scroll wheel locked and makes IE work

Have now used Windows Malware checker and Spyware S&D too. Neither reported any problems. Burt I'm still having problems.
- Really slow startup.
- While the processes show nothing strange is happening, the machine has slowed to an almost halt.
- I'm now having difficulty logging in at all. Even in safe mode, when I getto the login hascreen, the password box won't open to allow me to log in. If I open in sradnard mode, I getone chance to login. i.e. it opens the passowrd box once and if I click smeplace else on the screen and the password box closes, then ihave to restart to get another chance.

Please help!
 

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Whenever I reboot this laptop the Desktop Icons are not visible.
If I right mousebutton click then View -> Show Desktop Icons, then the tick box is already checked.
If I unckeck it and then recheck it, then all the icons reappear; tedious!
Please can you help.

Thank you - Mike
 

A:Desktop Icons Missing on restart but "show desktop icons" is checked

Try the following:

Go to the Control Panel.

Click System and Security > Find and Fix Problems.

On the left, click "Change setting"s and turn "Computer Maintenance" to "OFF".

Hope it help.
 

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Closed moved
Edit 7-11--0815 I just removed found and Removed the extra "Desktop Folder" and it had News Net inside it? on reboot this morning this is the Error (2) I recieved :
Error
RunDLL
There was a Problem starting
C\users\dasha\appdata\local\pocki\engine\launchDeskbanddll
the specified Module could not be foundError
AND
Error
C\users\dasha\appdata\local\pocki\engine\l\engine\pokki.exe
windows cannot find C\users\dasha\appdata\local\pocki\engine\l\pokki.exe
Make sure you typed the name correctly.....
 
During a removal of the Snapdo Hijack Virus and News Net which I gathered trying to Download Open Office . I managed to somhow create another "Desktop Folder" Icon's which I found in "Downloads", so I had 2 and delayed 1 and all my desktop and Icons dissapeared Until I went into RecycleBin and "Restored" the Icon. The trouble is' its still in the Downloads Folder At < C:\Users\Dasha\Downloads\Desktop> and when I rebbooted to try and get the Icons back  how do I put it where is supposed to be Thanks Dasha 

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Can't access Outlook. 9 times out of ten the desktop is blank when the computer starts. no icons anywhere. just the desktop background. When it does start sometimes it says can't find a drive on the network. I don't think we have that. A secure financial website says we have a virus but I've run spybot and adaware and not found anything. We have eTrust antivirus and it showed no problems. Please help.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:57:24 PM, on 10/23/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoRpc.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoRT.exe
C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust Antivirus\InoTask.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\UAService7.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\CA\ETRUST~1\realmon.exe
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A:No icons on desktop, start icons missing by clock hijack this posted

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All of a sudden the following symptoms (all at the same time)::
1. Taskbar icons gone (replaced by a neutral identical icon) except Edge and Store
2. In File Explorer, no longer thumbnails, no icons either, simply blank, but names show
3. All desktop icons gone; but their names still show and they "work"
4. When I rightclick to "Properties" (on desktop icons, or File Explorer items) nothing happens
5. Control Panel no longer shows icons, names only
Seems rather dramatic.... Anybody any idea?

A:Thumbnails, desktop icons, taskbar icons gone, Properties doesnt work

Please try to right click on the start icon and select Command prompt administrator, give admin permissions and copy/paste this into the window that opens and press enter sfc /scannow . If you decide to type it in, please notice the space between the sfc and the /. We want it to say no integrity violations were found. If it says there where corrupt files that could not be repaired, please reboot and run it again. You may have to run it 3 times with reboots in between each time. See if this helps.

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All of a sudden the following symptoms (all at the same time)::
1. Taskbar icons gone (replaced by a neutral identical icon) except Edge and Store
2. In File Explorer, no longer thumbnails, no icons either, simply blank, but names show
3. All desktop icons gone; but their names still show and they "work"
4. When I rightclick to "Properties" (on desktop icons, or File Explorer items) nothing happens
5. Control Panel no longer shows icons, names only
Seems rather dramatic.... Anybody any idea?

A:Tumbnails, desktop icons, taskbar icons gone, Properties doesnt work

Please try to right click on the start icon and select Command prompt administrator, give admin permissions and copy/paste this into the window that opens and press enter sfc /scannow . If you decide to type it in, please notice the space between the sfc and the /. We want it to say no integrity violations were found. If it says there where corrupt files that could not be repaired, please reboot and run it again. You may have to run it 3 times with reboots in between each time. See if this helps.

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I am using Windows 10 so perhaps this is misdirected.  I will describe my problem because it seems to be the same with Windows 7 comments.
I have a Dell laptop Inspiron 15, 7000 series.  I have 2 additional monitors and I have docking stations at my primary office and my satellite office.  When I shut down to travel and then hook back up at either location, the desktop icons get re-arranged
in random order.  I do not change resolution manually but what I think happens is that any updates MS sends out and I have the computer process those updates, this changes the desktop icons.  That happens on occasion and I wonder if that is changing
my monitor size/display changes (from factory defaults).  Also, the re-arrangement of icons happens when I go from one office to another; no other changes done.  I would really like to make sure the icons stay in the location/placement that I locked
in on the laptop.

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Im a first time poster and I hope I have selected the correct category in this forum.

I have Windows 7 Home Premium, pre-installed on a new laptop ive purchased in the last month. I had it set to automatically download and apply all updates.

Within the last couple of weeks, at some point suddenly my desktop icons stopped appearing and I noticed there are no system tray icons, ie volume, network, Power.

Ive searched these forums and found instructions on how to access the "Turn System Icons On Or Off" and the only option I can change is for 'Clock'. The remaining options Volume, Network, Power, Action Center are all greyed out.

I cant understand why I dont have 'permission' to do this and I wonder if it is connected to me not seeing anything on my desktop in so far as icons.

Also, I noticed I cannot 'right-click' my desktop space, which normally would have allowed me to access display options.

In searching these forums I found some references to Administrator permissions, but my User management area says I am an administrator.

Does anyone have any feedback for something I can check/fix?

Steve

A:Permissions issue? No desktop icons or system tray icons.

Have you scanned for viruses and/or malware? What Anti-virus program are you running?

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Hello. All my destktop and start icons have changed to paint icons on my other laptop. When I click on any of them they try to open in paint program. I searched to try to find a fix but couldn't find anything that would help. I tried a system restore and it didn't do anything. Could you please help me. Thank you very much!

featherhorse
 

A:Solved: Desktop and Start Icons All Changed To Paint Icons

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This isn't a serious problem, but it is annoying since it has never happened before and I'm used to having a Win XP custom desktop.

Anyway, I can't think of anything new that I've done to my computer as of late except install Spybot and other spyware detecting programs (Hijack This!, etc.) but now, whenever I restart or turn off my computer, my custom icons revert to default windows icons.

By this I mean:

My Computer
My Documents
My Network Places
Recycle Bin (full)
Recycle Bin (empty)

I can normally customize these by clicking right clicking on the desktop > Properties > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Change Icon

But, just as of this week, they have begun to revert back to the boring default windows icons.

I'm sure this is a simple problem but I can't for the love of God figure out how to fix it.

Any suggestions would be incredibly appreciated.
 

A:My Custom Desktop Icons Keep Reverting to Windows Default Icons

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The My Computer, My Documents, and Recycle Bin icons keep reverting back to their default icons every time I start/reboot the compter. I prefer to have my own custom icons instead. What's going on?

A:Custom Desktop icons revert to default icons on startup.

are the icons you are trying to use actually stored on the computer somewhere?

i have seen them revert if you select icons from a cd, and then reboot without the cd. same with webpages...

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Hi guys!

I think my Icons got bugged or something. This happened after my friend asked me to move some music and movies from my computer to his hard drive. After I did that, i turned off my laptop and went back to my room and turned it on. What happened next worried me since I wasn't able to move my mouse, the Icons have an Icon that is a square white on top of each. It's an icon on top of one. I turned off my laptop how many times and still does it so i restore it on an earlier date. After i did that, My mouse started working yet my computer became so slow and the Icons are still the same. (white square on top of an old Icon and the icons when you click start are just white squares). I'm getting frustrated already since I'm nowhere near Bestbuy since I am deployed here in Afghanistan. Should I just send this laptop back home since I paid for the insurance anyway or is this fixable while i'm here? Please help. thanks a lot in advance!

A:Desktop Icons and Start-up Icons appeared to be bugged.

Attachment 97413

here's the thing i am talking about. Thanks.

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When I downloaded 32bit version of iTunes all my desktop icons and all my start icons changed to iTunes logo and shortcuts all want to open iTunes.

When I uninstall iTunes and reboot computer it fixes problem but I want to use itunes so can update my iphone.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks
 

A:Solved: Desktop Icons and Start icons changed

If you're still having trouble after installing iTunes again, download THIS.

Save the .reg file to your desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry.

Restart the computer.

If the fix only opens as a text file (in Notepad), right-click the file (before opening it) and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
 

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My problem is simply this, when i boot my pc into windows the boot takes maybe 3 seconds to desktop, but the icons on the desktop do not appear for another 10 seconds. The same can be said for the icons in the start menu. The biggest problem is that even if i run the icon such as firefox, before the icon has fully loaded, the program will not run. No programs will run until 13 seconds after boot once the icons have loaded.

A:Desktop Icons and Start Icons Delay at Startup

Hi conrad,

Have a SSD or a HDD, if a hard disk run a defrag. or when was last time you did.

Use disk cleanup or download CCleaner which is good CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

Check Anti-Virus settings, how it loads during boot or not, AV take time to load.
Run a full system scan.

Check startup items from task manager, in startup tab if use CCLEANER there is one on it too. I would rather use task manager.

Run error checking, can run it in properties of the drive or run a full chkdsk which is better.
Exactly as typed.
From the elevated command prompt, type chkdsk c: /f /r
then again at elevated command prompt run: sfc /scannow

Rebuild icon cache How to rebuild icon cache in Windows 8.1/8 | Microsoft Surface tablet
Could also use ccleaner, check box in windows application and run it.

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Hi guys!

I'm new here..so, please bear with me.
I think my Icons got bugged or something. This happened after my friend asked me to move some music and movies from my computer to his hard drive. After I did that, i turned off my laptop and went back to my room and turned it on. What happened next worried me since I wasn't able to move my mouse, the Icons have an Icon that is a square white on top of each. It's an icon on top of one. I turned off my laptop how many times and still does it so i restore it on an earlier date. After i did that, My mouse started working yet my computer became so slow and the Icons are still the same. (white square on top of an old Icon and the icons when you click start are just white squares). I'm getting frustrated already since I'm nowhere near Bestbuy since I am deployed here in Afghanistan. Should I just send this laptop back home since I paid for the insurance anyway or is this fixable while i'm here? Please help. thanks a lot in advance!

Attached is the pic of what happened to my icons.

A:Desktop Icons and Start-up Icons appeared to be bugged.

He could have had a virus or malware, which he generously gave to you
Run a full anti virus scan
Download and run full scan with malwarebytes, be sure to update first.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

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Out of the blue, I suddenly have little Firefox icons superimposed on top of many of the icons on my desktop, including icons for video games, mp3 files, video files, my router settings, and pdf files. Any thoughts on what is causing this and how I can remove them? I have attached an example of what I am seeing.

A:Firefox icons superimposed on desktop icons

How are shortcuts opening? Do they open their correct targets or are they trying to open in Firefox?

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I think it may have something to do with permissions because I just changed a lot for my account, but here it is:
On the desktop, apparently they only appear on programs or shortcuts, are small little blue emblem things pasted onto the original icons. They look like envelopes or something. Does anyone know what these are and how do I remove them? They don't directly disrupt anything I'm doing, I would just like them off because they are annoying.

EDIT: I just did something else, not sure what, but now some of them are displaying google Chrome emblem on the original icons! Someone please help.

A:Small blue icons on some desktop icons?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by hungrycamels


I think it may have something to do with permissions because I just changed a lot for my account, but here it is:
On the desktop, apparently they only appear on programs or shortcuts, are small little blue emblem things pasted onto the original icons. They look like envelopes or something. Does anyone know what these are and how do I remove them? They don't directly disrupt anything I'm doing, I would just like them off because they are annoying.

EDIT: I just did something else, not sure what, but now some of them are displaying google Chrome emblem on the original icons! Someone please help.


Please post a screenshot;

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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In W7, when adobe reader is installed, it takes over desktop icons, links no longer work. I uninstalled adobe reader, and everything was normal. When I reinstalled Adobe reader, again, most desktop icons were covered by Adobe icon... I used CC Cleaner, file type associations. I had to install Foxit Reader. I would like to be able to reinstall Adobe Reader'
thank you.... Turquoise gem...

A:Adobe Reader icons take over desktop icons

Hello Turquoise gem, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you haven't already tried this specific solution, you might see if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below to see if it may be able to help. It will restore all default associations for lnk (shortcut) files.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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What is the advantages of having icons in your Taskbar rather then on your Desktop...
 

A:Solved: Icons on Desktop V/S Icons in Taskbar

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strange problem. it happens for all my icons, but I'll use dilbert.com as an example.

I have dilbert.com on my links bar in internet explorer, and a shortcut on my desktop. In the past, the destop and link icons take on the picture of a little dilbert. But now, only the link in ie7 has the icon, the desktop icon has a generic windows icon that looks like a window with tiny icons in it.
I changed the icon by clicking properties and change icon. when I clicked on the icon to go back to dilbert.com, the icon on the desktop changed back to the generic windows icon. But in my browser, I see the little dilbert icon by the website address.
Nowhere in my browser do I see the icon that is being used for the desktop.
I have also put other websites in my favorites list, and then created a shortcut on the desktop. The website shows the correct icon, but the shortcut, shows the same generic icon as the one for dilbert.com.
I haven't a clue how to fix this. And can't find anything like this problem on the net.
 

A:desktop icons don't match website icons

Hi and welcome to TSG.
is it the little favorite icon you are referring to?
 

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My problem began when i was playing my xbox and talking to a friend at the same time. I was talking to him about pokemon and wanted him to watch a certain part in a random episode so i open up internet explorer and go to the website streaming all the episodes and then i get a pop up telling me that the page i was currently on was not safe and would perform a system scan. I immediately closed the window and everything seemed to be fine. This had never happened to me before on the website so i opened up internet explorer again and went back to the website and the next thing that happens is my desktop image goes black and every icon disappeared for only a few seconds and then re-appeared. I didnt know what to do so i restarted my computer and when i logged back on my desktop items were all still there but the image for mp3s, .rar's, and other files were all changed. for example i have mp3 files that have the image my avast internet security program icon which i have installed on my computer and my .rar files now display the mp3 image, but when i copy or drag and drop them into a folder they display their original images. I've refreshed my desktop, I've changed the resolution, and even changed desktop background image hoping that it would fix it but no luck. DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHATS WRONG!?

A:Desktop icons display other desktop icons.

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I read through a few disappearing icon issues on this forum but mine did not disappear mysteriously hence a new post. I installed apps as admin and this placed shortcuts with icons on users' desktop. I logged in as user and dragged the shortcuts to the taskbar. Then, once my favourite apps were in the taskbar, I wanted to remove their shortcuts from the desktop so I deleted them, still logged in as a user. At this point, Windows prompted me for the admin password which I happily provided. Windows obliged and deleted the shortcuts on the desktop but that also made the shortcuts in the taskbar lose their icons!

So for example, the firefox shortcut was originally on the desktop. I dragged it to the taskbar and then I deleted the shortcut from the desktop (using admin rights). This left the shortcut on the taskbar without an icon. I tried to manually stick icons on these defaced shortcuts by selecting an icon image for them but they just don't stick.

Short of uninstalling and re-installing the apps, I have tried everything else. I haven't tried uninstall/re-install in the hope that their is a more elegant way of restoring icons to their respective shortcuts. Am I right in my optimism? How?

Thanks for reading my rant and another thanks if you post a useful response.

A:Icons deleted - how do I get them back?

Open the app->Right click the app on the taskbar->Choose "Pin this Program to taskbar"

I think it is still pulling the symbolic link from the shortcut you deleted...not the actual exe which is why you are losing details of the icon each time

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4500 @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3034 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Drives: C: 283 GB (188 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0N7J7M
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

Yesterday I ran the "Recovery and reset " programme on my laptop, after the programme ran and Windows was re-installed a list of apps had been removed, all of the desk top icons have been altered .... the web site name still remains, but the icons are all now what I presume are in default mode. The Dell Dock is missing and clicking on the icon I get a notification that the path does not exist ?. I think that I have really goofed this time !, is there a way to restore the apps and icons ?.
Thank you
 

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I accidentally deleted google chrome and mozilla firefox application icons. they were in a folder in my start menu. i deleted the folder, but now i cant figure out how to get them back because i cant open chrome or firefox with out them. how do i restore icons.

A:how do i get back deleted icons

Open up My Computer from your desktop.

Click Drive C, then Documents and Settings. Open up the folder associated with your account name.
Then open up Start Menu/Programs. Create a new folder for your browsers.
Next go to Program Files.
Open up the folder associated with Google Chrome.
Find the icon which launches Chrome.
RIGHT click on the icon to highlight it.
Next, on the left side of the page choose Copy this file.

When the dialog opens, click Local Disk C/Documents and Settings.
Click the + next to your account name.
Then click + next to Start Menu.
Click on the word PROGRAMS to highlight it. The Programs folder will open, you should see the folder you created in the first step. Highlight the folder name, then click Copy.

Repeat this step for Firefox.

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I have been having CPU issues at 100%. I contacted HP.com support and the last suggestion they suggested was to update the video card driver. I have a Nividia GSForce2 MX200 (Compaq Computer) They sent me to a link to their ftp site and I followed the instructions to download, install, and do a restart. When I restarted there were no desktop icons. It probably means that whatever files are damaged are preventing the startup from finishing. The normal internet programs that launch upon starting up the computer are not launched and I have to manually launch them by finding them. I tried doing a last known good configuiration, and when that failed in safe mode I couldn't access the Start Menu to do a system restore. I tried rolling back the driver to the previous one to no avail. I called HP and of course they wanted to charge me since it is out of warranty. I said it was their file and I asked for a supervisor who told the tech to tell me the same thing. So I was stuck with chat support. We were able to try the system restore which didn't work. I went to Control Panel and tried cliking on Taskbar or Start Menu but nothing happens. HP sent me 2 links for some patches:
HP said in an email "Based on the information that I gathered from the chat session,
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>>To resolve the issue. Please follow these steps.
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>>Please run this patch: Please save the file on the desktop, then install
>>it.
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>>http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com... Read more

A:Desktop icons,taskbar,Start Menu GONE: blank desktop except photo on background

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07-02-2008, 12:03 PM #1 (permalink)
WaxhawRon
OS: XP Pro


problem with desktop display properties

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Two nights ago I visited the web site Flash Fun Pages to find a joke to send to a friend who is sick with cancer. I did not end up sending anything and logged out. Yesterday, the background on my desktop was hijacked by this site. I ran Ad Aware SE and AVG both regularly and in safe mode, but did not find any viruses or malware. I also ran Trend Micro House Call but that did not find any problems either.

The problem was that the backgrounds were frozen at the end of the list, on "desktop", and could not be changed. I went on line to Downloads.com and looked under desktop display hijacked and found some freeware named Desktop Hijack Fix. This got rid of the Flash Fun Pages joke links and ads, but now my desktop display backgrounds are still frozen, although they are now frozen at the top of the list--'none'. I can choose a color, but I cannot access any of the background options, including the photo of my dog, which is my background of choice.

Interestingly, there are two users of my computer, and the other user does not have this problem. I can change the display properties backgr... Read more

A:[SOLVED] opaque titles for desktop icons can't be made transparent/desktop always act

I have gone through the 5 steps.

Attached please find the Hijack This log, and the 2 DSS logs.

I cannot post the Panda ActiveScan log from my first scan because I simply forgot to upload it and when I go back to the site all it says is that 11 tracking cookies were disinfected. But I am attaching the log from my second scan. Interestingly, there were 4 additional low level tracking cookies found and disinfected. The same 8 vulnerabilities--all from Microsoft updates--remain on my computer since the software does not disnfect these or offer the opportunity to disinfect them.

Spyware Blaster has been set up to protect everything on my computer.

But the problem is still that apparently my desktop is active and cannoot be turned off. I have run Iconoid and cannot make the titles for my desktop icons transparent because it states that the desktop is active. You can see in my previous posting the work that Cool Freak has done to try to figure this out before he kicked this over to "the experts".

Please help me. It's not only that my desktop is ugly with these opaque icon title boxes, there is something wrong with my computer that is causing this that we have not identified as yet, and who knows what havoc that might wreak in the future! Thank you very much for your attention and help.

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While working offline, my Dell Latitude 131L goes into hibernate. When I restart the laptop it opens to a generic "Dell" desktop picture. There is no Start Menu or toolbar. No desktop icons are available. The cursor is in the middle of the screen, but is of no use. I was NOT installing any software or hardware.

I attempted to reboot, same screen appears.

I am able to start in "Safe Mode."

I attempted to use a Restore point, but each time (I tried several dates) it will not take.

I called Dell and we ran a Hardware test (Fn and Power keys), no errors were present.

Update: It loads REAL slow, taking about 15 minutes or more. But then I can not anything. After an hour of loading, I ran Kaspersky and no threats were found.

Restarted and got a blue screen that says
Checking the file System C:
The type of file system is NTSF.
The volume is dirty

Then it does a series of verifications that take a long time.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:XP loads to a generic desktop, no start menu order desktop icons

The following steps will be a good start to resolving the issue. The first thing that you should do is to check that your hard drive is not failing.On a working computer, download the diagnostic utility from the hard drive manufacturer's website to create a bootable floppy or CD.Find the brand name of your hard drive. You will find this info on the label of the hard drive (most likely you will have to remove the hard drive from the box to read the label). You will also find sufficient info to identify the drive (the model number) by looking at the hdd code in the BIOS Setup Menu, and then googling the code. Another alternative is to use something like Everest or Belarc Advisor.
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http://www.belarc.com/free_download.htmlHard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic28744.htmlFor Toshiba hard drives
http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities#diagnosticIf you have trouble identifying your hard drive manufacturer, use the Hitachi diagnostic utility: It will work with most hard drives.To make a bootable CD, download the .ISO image to your computer. If you don't have a suitable burning program, download ImgBurn and install it. Open ImgBurn, and choose to "Write image fi... Read more

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Hi
The problem I'm having is at start-up. Windows loads properly, but when it's finished I have no Icons, no task bar, and can't right click on any part of the desktop. All I Have is the wallpaper displaying, that's it.
I noticed on task manager when I hit CRT-ALT-Delete, that Explorer.exe is not on the list of processes. when I type in explorer.exe in the new task, I get a error that says cannot find explorer exe. make sure path was straight etc etc. I was wondering if you might know what the problem is and allow me to take the steps in remedy this problem. I think the explorer has something to do with the desktop not loading properly.
Thank you
Johnny

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hi... i use windows xp service pack 2 am facing a really annoying problem and would love it if someone helps me ><!

I remember few days ago.. my kaspersky identified some system file as a trojan.. so it probably a misunderstanding when i was installing system mechanic. it got deleted.. and i have this automatic option to delete them after they are put in backup in kaspersky.

now whenever i open my pc, my desktop and taskbar and start menu,etc goes away after a few seconds! Now i rely on the task manager..

here's the Hijack log file:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:46:33 PM, on 7/6/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Authentium\AntiVirus\dvpapi.exe
C:\Program Files\iolo\common\lib\ioloServiceManager.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nv... Read more

A:no desktop icons, no taskbar,no start menu, no right clicking on desktop please help!

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Im not sure what I did, or even how I did it. Now when I try to open files like my music, my pictures, files I've made on my desktop to won't open unless I pick a program to open them with. I have no idea what Im supossed to do??? Can anyone please help!!

thankyou so much.
 

A:I have NO idea what I did (or deleted?) now my file icons don't work...Please help!

Well....now I feel stupid. All I had to do was change the default for file folders back to explorer.exe. That took way to long to figure out. So just disregard this post. But I still wish i could figure out how it changed in the first place.
 

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Hi bros,
Today when I opened my Start-menu, I saw the below image :

I mean , Why are all of start-menu icons deleted?
Below is the `Taskbar and Startmenu Properties`

What's wrong with it ?
How should I fix it?

A:All icons in Win7 x64 Start Menu are deleted ?

Welcome

Here is a potential solution from our forum.

All Programs is gone.. Again

Possibly step 4 may help
Start Menu - Customize

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Hi

I Have a virus or somthing on my computer and need help

On my desktop most of my icons have been deleted and the start bar is much the same theres no control panel or my document , programs the only things i have is my turn off computer and internet left. every time i try to scan usin kaspersky it redirects me to random sites and i can not do any thing on the internet because it keep redirecting me.

I also have an a flashing red cross next to my time to the right of the time is virus alert in capitals
i also get pop ups sasyin that my computer could be running slow due to viruses and that my computer is infected and run a scan immediaatly.
Heres my log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 16:48: VIRUS ALERT!, on 12/07/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\eScan\TRAYSSER.EXE
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost 2003\GhostStartService.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Fast.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\eScan\avpm.exe
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Hi, my desktop is not displaying any icons, and right clicking doesn't work anywhere on the desktop. All this has occurred after a Trojan ran upon start-up. I have removed the trojan and the files it came from with an updated Microsoft security Essentials. The icons that should be on the desktop are still being displayed when I search for them on Windows explorer. I am running vista SP2 on a new desktop computer. I don't have any idea on how to remedy this problem. Any suggestions are welcome.

A:Desktop not showing icons and unable to right click on desktop.

I suggest that you proceed to to our Security Center, Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help Forum, to have your system reviewed by a Security Analyst. Please be sure to follow THESE STEPS carefully before posting your logs in the Security Forum.

Please be patient as the Security Analysts are very busy and one will get to you as soon as possible.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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I don't find the desktop to be of much use, too many icons take away from the image I choose to display, but I do use the desktop toolbar from the taskbar quite a bit.
There are icons that I cannot remove from the desktop toolbar such as the Network & Control Panel icons they won?t leave the toolbar, and I can?t seem to kill the IE icon off for good, either. Does anyone know how to kill them dead and send them to Vista Hell?

A:How do I make desktop icons go away from desktop toolbar in Vista?

Hi gtghip,
Here's a tutorial to show how to disable notification icons.
Notification Area - System Icons[11]=Taskbar Start Menu
And to get rid of the IE icon, right click on taskbar, Properties, Uncheck Show Quicklaunch, Apply.

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OS: Windows 7 Pro machines that connect to a 2008 server
 
At a business we help, they gave us a call yesterday morning saying that only specific desktop icons had disappeared. Looking at their machines they were missing shortcuts to a program that runs from the server as well as short cuts to folders on the server. However, nothing in the server seemed to have changed, the folder is still there, the modification time was when they last used it the day before. They are in a domain if that would help. We were able to simply go and place the icons back on their desktops yesterday and said they haven't had any issues this morning.
 
Their shortcuts were not from a single folder on the server
 
So, the main question, what would cause only very specific desktop icons to disappear from their desktop?

A:Desktop Icons Disappearing On Multiple Desktop Workstations

This is probably why.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978980

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I made a free tool(for those who have more than 15 icons on desktop) to arrange your desktop icons into shapes like hearts, circles, stars and so on. It gives a bit of freshness to your desktop, icons arranged into a cute heart on a good wallpaper looks really nice.

You can set the height, width and position of the shape on the screen. It also have a function that saves and restores icons position, useful for those who change resolution a lot.

I attached some screenshots to see what I'm talking about.

Link to download My Cool Desktop

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to share

A:My Cool Desktop - little app to arrange desktop icons into shapes

Thats pretty cool, fair play. I am one of those minimalist people who has nothing on his desktop. Still well cool utility though well done

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After running Ad-aware, a trojan file was detected that couldn't be quarantined, cleaned or deleted. Husband found a way to get it deleted, but there was a warning saying that it was associated with another file. Deleted anyway.

Ran McAfee VirusScan and deleted unwanted programs it detected. After that, the mouse wouldn't work, so shut computer down by holding button in until shutdown (only way it could be shut down).

Start up went normal until the desktop background came up. Message stating "C: couldn't be found, check address again(???)" popped up. I clicked OK then it just sat there. I shut it off again.

Start up went normal again up through desktop background. No message this time. Mouse seems to work, but no icons or start up blue bar.

The only thing we can think of is the deleted file was associated with our desktop icons.

Thank you for your help.

DeAnne
 

A:Desktop icons don't show up on startup, desktop background only...

Hi deeanne, I seem to be having the same problem as you...will keep you posted if anything works...

danettek
 

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