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My taskbar Windows Explorer icon changed.

Q: My taskbar Windows Explorer icon changed.

It changed, it's dynamic now. I like it now. But I'm curious, what has change it? Can I get it back to the general icon which is a yellow folder icon?

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A: My taskbar Windows Explorer icon changed.

well , i think that you have to make a restore point to get it back
try that

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Since I started using Win7, the windows explorer icon on the taskbar has never given me any options - left-clicking it opened windows explorer.
Suddenly it has changed - clicking it now brings up "autoplay" and I have to right click to get the option to open explorer ( as well as the options to unpin from taskbar and close the window).
Can anyone tell me how to get it back as it was?

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Good day folks,

This has probably been touched on many times - but I mistakenly unpinned the Windows explorer icon from my taskbar. When I dragged the Windows Explorer icon from the desktop back to the taskbar it has a different appearance. Is there a way to get it to appear as it did originally? ie the yellow files (out of the box).


A:Windows explorer icon appearance changed when unpinned.

Try this.

1. Right click on explorer in the taskbar.
2. right click on the Windows explorer entry on the jumplist.
3. Select Properties.
4. Press Change Icon.
5. If the icon file showing is not %windir%\explorer.exe then browse to that file and select the first icon.

Upadate: On my system it is "C:\Windows\explorer.exe"

Another thought.

If you create the shortcut with the location of %windir%\explorer.exe it should pick everything up automatically.

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Hi all,

I can't remember what I just done but an icon from taskbar folder changed to IE. All folders rus properly but it drives me crazy.

Thanks for your time.

A:Taskbar folders icon changed to IE

Hello vcq,

That looks like it's for Windows Explorer. See if this may help: Right click on the taskbar icon to open it's Jump List menu.
Right click on Windows Explorer in the Jump List.
Right click on Properties in it's context menu.
In the Shortcut tab, click on the Change Icon button, select the folder icon, and OK out to apply.
Sometimes you may need to repeat this 2-3 times to take affect.

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Hello everyone,

I do not know why it is like this but icon that are not the original that come with programs look much smaller on the taskbar

and yes I am sure I download the icon at the maximum size 512 if I am not wrong and checked it on several computers

here a picture to demonstrate:

here is the site with the icon:

from a test I did the icon on my taskbar show with 24 pixel size when it should be 32 pixel and I just do not know how to fix it

A:Icon on the taskbar that got changed are smaller...

Third party site with icons, yes they can be the incorrect size for whoever created them. The larger the real estate, the smaller everything gets on the screen.

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I had this problem on my second installation of the Beta and now I have it again with the RC.  Since I installed I have not been able to pin folders of my choice to the Windows Explorer Icon on the Taskbar.  When I drag a folder, say My Computer, down the the Taskbar it will only show me a red circle saying I am not allowed to pin it.  I hold it over my Windows Explorer icon and still get the little red circle.  I can pin things like Windows Update and what not to the Control Panel no problem, only Windows Explorer doesn't work. Recently opened files show up fine on Work, Control Panel etc., but nothing shows up for Windows Explorer.  I also have no problem pinning things to the Start Menu, even those things that wont pin to the Explorer Icon.

A:Can't Pin Folders to my Windows Explorer Icon on the Taskbar

I had the same problem with the RC, but I just found the very simple and yet very unlikely reason.Right-click the taskbar > Properties > StartMenu; uncheck "Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu" but leave "Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar" checked, and Apply. You will now be unable to pin folders to the task bar! You may think "what has that flag do with pinning to the taks bar?", but then you would be thinking logically, and that will just give you a headache. Now recheck that item and Apply; you will be able to pin folders to the task bar again. Now do it again until you stop unbelieving it. (Checked on 3 computers.)

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For a couple of days now, I've noticed that my explorer icon when opened, shows the icon of the folder (or where I am currently i.e. My Computer) on my taskbar and it used to just show the libraries icon instead. I haven't done anything for it to ever
do that and I have no idea how to fix it and restore it the way it was supposed to be. I was trying to find an answer on Google, but it yield no results as it seems like I'm the only one with that issue. What can I do without reinstalling my OS?

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I downloaded an app that helps in replacing icons. everything went fine except for the windows explorer system folder icon (i think its called as that)

Here is a pic to help you guys:

I know this has something to do with a registry error? Quesiton is, how do i revert that back to the default icon or if not revert, at least replace it with a new one.
If any of you guys out there can help me, it would be very awesome!
Thanks in advance!

A:Missing icon on windows explorer system folder on my taskbar?

Welcome to the Seven Forums
What App are you using to replace icons?

You may want to rebuild your Icon Cache Icon Cache - Rebuild

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Dear team,
I am customized taskbar system tray Icon but Taskbar system tray Icon settings get changed frequently. so kindly suggest how to avoid. 

Rahi Padariya

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After doing a restore due to my computer getting stuck on a resolution my monitor couldn't display both pinned and recent items have disappeared when I right click the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar. Pinned/recent works for all of my other taskbar
icons and if I add an item to be pinned it doesn't display.

I previously started a thread and was recomended to try a system restore and create a new profile, neither of these things work.

A:Pinned/recent items have disappeared from the windows explorer taskbar icon

See if this article helps:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/fix-windows-7-jump-lists-missing-or-does-not-display-recent-items-or-pinned-files/Microsoft MVP Windows Expert Consumer | http://www.wintecnico.com

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Hey all, I have noticed this problem for a while and didn't bother me until I started having a lot of App's running.

Attachment 27941

I am not sure how to fix this Issue and its getting really annoying. Thanks.

A:My Explorer Icon Changed

hi Grommett and welcome to sevenforums,

my explorer icon has always looked like that!

what did yours used to look like?

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Just installed W7 x64 Enterprise.

I have pro installed on a couple of other machines, and something I quite like is when you drag the explorer icon on the taskbar and it shows a bunch of shortcuts related to explorer.

After I installed explorer this was operating correctly, and I could choose where I wanted explorer to open by using this function, which was really helpful for me.

I've modified my settings a bit since install - stuff like 'open folders in separate process' etc, nothing hacky.

I've just gone to do the drag thing and it's just giving me the basic options (Explorer, unpin, and close).

This happened after my last install on this machine (which was w7 pro).

Is there a system option that I have adjusted that has caused this function to be disabled?

I really liked this function, can anyone help me get it back?


A:What have I changed with explorer taskbar drag thing?

Hello Curt,

That sounds like you are referring to Jump Lists. If so, double check to make sure that you have Recent Programs and Recent Items turned on for it to work.

Hope this helps,

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After a crash while updating, and a "windows 10 selfrepair", my Windows now seens to run okay again. Execpt when I put an USB stick in the PC it has an icon for a DVD?? It is not a specific USB-stick. Any USB-stick shows up as a DVD in Explorer and in TotalCommander.

How do I change that back?

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Hi, my PC (Win2K) was fine until 2 days ago I discovered and cleaned a trojan. I don't know what trojan, but somehow it infects the registry key ShellExecuteHooks so I can't even clean it up easily in safe mode. Well I'm not sure how I fixed it actually , but maybe in the process it damaged my system...

Anyway, after the fix, I realized that some of the icons on my desktops are wrong. The links etc. are fine, and when I rightclick -> Properties -> Change icons, it shows the correct icon. And the strange thing is that even after I change it back to the correct icon, it still shows the incorrect one!

So suspecting the problem is with explorer.exe, I kill the process and run it again using Task Manager. Sure enough, when it loads and displays the desktop icons, all them are using the correct icon, and then suddenly in the middle the icons get changed!

Does anybody know why and how to fix it?


A:Desktop icon changed after around 1 second into boot up... explorer.exe problem?

This might be related... I have my Samsung's Natural Color program which load correctly before (it loads at start up). But after the battle with the trojan, somehow it displays error (assertion error or something). However, I can sucessfully start the loader manually after the bootup is done.

Another thing is that I used Hamachi fine. After the battle with the trojan, it can't run, and my PC becomes very unresponsive. Hamachi displays connecting -> resolving -> connected -> then back to reconnecting -> so on. After I exit Hamachi, the PC returns to normal. I've tried uninstalling, but got error when it creates the network driver.

I hope all these don't mean I need to reinstall my OS

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I am currently running Windows XP Home EditionI am having problems with my taskbar. It seems that I can only have one Internet Explorer Icon running in my task bar at one time. Its kind of hard to explain, but I'll try. For example if you were to click IE and open your home page you would have an icon there in your task bar. Now say you minimize that one and open yet a new IE page, you should now have to IE explorer icons there. In my case that dosen't happen.. I can open the first one and minimize it, but when I open the second one it takes over the place of the first. This only happens under my account, all others are fine. It started doing this when I deleted my first account and started a new one. I have tried everything I know and have finally given up . If anyone out there could help me I would be very grateful.Thanks,Miss_Peppymint

A:Internet Explorer Icon in TaskBar

Force New Internet Explorer Window for Launching ShortcutsBy default, when you click a web link in an internet aware program, and there is already an Internet Explorer window open, the web page appears in the open browser window instead of opening a new window. This tweak prevents the new link from being displayed in the existing IE window by forcing an additional IE browser instance to open.[Start] [Run] [Regedit]Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MainModify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.Data Type: DWORD Value // Value Name: AllowWindowReuseSetting for Value Data: [0 = Do Not Reuse Window / 1 = Reuse Window]Exit Registry and Reboot ORTo avoid editing the registry, the same results may be obtained by using the procedure detailed below.Open Internet ExplorerClick Tools | Internet Options... | and click Advanced tabPlace or Remove the checkmark next to [Reuse Windows for Launching Shortcuts]Click [Apply] [OK]The above information found from...http://www.theeldergeek.com/force_new_inte...plorer_wind.htm

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HI all,

I am experiencing a problem on a Dell inspiron with windows XP service pack 2

I was streaming a video (flight of the navigator) from youtube and running spybot search and destroy when the computer blue screened``. When I restarted there were no desktop icons or taskbar or explorer.exe; however I can access the task manager & the hard drive. I have installed dr. web and it got rid of a few Trojans and spyware and other such but I still cannot load explorer.exe when I do run it from the task manager it runs for a moment and stops. I have also tried to expand in a new explorer.exe file from service pack 2(no joy). i have downloaded the fix for tthe mimda worm which has simlar symptoms (no joy) i can not however access the dell partition ctrl +f11 at start up i think this would help??

Here is a hijack this log file any help would be greatly appreciated
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:29:04, on 17/11/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.e... Read more

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I have an xls file that I frequent a lot and was hoping I could pin it to the explorer icon on my taskbar. I know I can pin it to the taskbar under the excel icon but I don't need an excel icon on my taskbar to clutter it up. Is there any way to pin it to the explorer icon instead?

A:Any way to pin an .xls file to explorer icon on taskbar

Pinning to the taskbar is for applications, not files. That is the dealio.

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1. right click on explorer icon on taskbar & where it says explorer right lick on that and press properties
2. now it will show up shortcut properties .
3. now click on change icon button on the bottom side
4. now click browse & choose your favourite icon
5. Press ok
6. Save Your changes..

why i posted this : when you make a shortcut of explorer on desktop , change icon , pin it on the taskbar & clicking it ,
it will show up like this :
if you follow my steps you will get this:


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New user of Windows 7 here. I have the Internet Explorer icon pinned to my taskbar. However, when I click on the IE icon, it changes from an icon to a bar representing the IE window that has opened. I'm wanting to keep the single icon on the taskbar, even when IE is open, like you were able to in XP. Any suggestions?

A:internet explorer icon pinned to taskbar

sounds like youv been fiddling with taskbar settings, right click the taskbar go properties, and check that taskbar buttons is set to "always combine hide labels" if this isnt what you mean can you please screenshot it for me?

Taskbar Button Grouping - Enable or Disable

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This has developed in the past few days, putting a bit of a speed bump for my Win 7 updating. (which should come in 1-2 days). Don't want to update a problem to my nice new OS.

It is only an occasional thing- explorer ends when programs like itunes (set to "minimize to task bar") or Maxtor Status Icon (for my external hdd's backup util.) are executed.

Let me know anything you need in addition to this, I can provide most if not all info you need.


A:explorer.exe shorts out whenever a taskbar related icon tries to do anything

Can you please explain what you mean by "Shorts out"?

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Windows XP Pro sp3
Boots to welcome screen with user name but selecting that opens with just desktop picture, no icons or taskbar. Starting explorer.exe from taskmanager briefly displays task bar but explorer crashes. Windows Live OneCare did find and quarantine a backdoor but I stupidly did not write down the name. I installed AVG free and ran it but nothing important. I have also run Malwarebyte, Spybot Search and Destroy and SuperAntiSpyware. All found cookies but nothing major.

/WINDOWS/explorer.exe is 1,010 KB dated 13/04/2008 7:12 PM

Have you seen this before?
Any Ideas

A:No taskbar or desktop icon, explorer.exe crashes

Does it exhibit the same behavior in safe mode?

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Is it possible to have the Drive icon DIRECTLY on the taskbar instead of pinned to the Explorer icon? I am actually having trouble filling my taskbar and I would like to be able to use all three drive icons. I would also like to be able to put folders directly on the taskbar, too.

A:Have drive icon directly on Taskbar? Not Explorer?

You can put an explorer shortcut to the taskbar, and let it point to the drive when it opens.

Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target

Then just replace the icon with the drive icon.

That's it...

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Hi, all of a sudden and for no reason, various icons have stopped loading for both the programs and files used by these programs: 

Microsoft Edge
Various Windows Programs

The programs still work fine but I would like to have the icons back.
This seems to be a problem that many people are having but I can find no definite solution. 

Any ideas?

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I don't want to combine my windows, but when i have only one window open in any program, i know what it is and don't need to see the label as that makes the whole taskbar filled up pretty fast.
Is there a way to hide labels when there is one window open, and show labels when having multiple windows?
I've tried googling it but it doesn't seem like it is possible with some program either.

A:Taskbar, only icon when one window, icon+label when multiple windows?

Nevermind, catered to my needs by altering the minimum width of the taskbar "entries".

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hi. i dont know where to post this.

in my taskbar, i have a shortcut for my pictures folder. but when i minimize it, it minimize to the explorer folder. how i change it. i want to minimize it to his shortcut, not to the explorer. but i want to keep explorer shortcut too.

how i changed it?

please help me. and sorry for my english.

any problem understanding please report

A:Pictures folder on taskbar minimizes to the Explorer icon

Hello Pajolool,

On items opened by explorer pinned to the taskbar, the open windows will default to being displayed from the "Explorer" taskbar icon that is the farthest to the left (taskbar on bottom) or closest to the top (taskbar on side). A work around for this would be to unlock the taskbar, drag your pinned pictures folder icon to the left of the pinned Explorer icon. However, all explorer windows will now default to the Pictures folder on the taskbar now.

Hope this helps,

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I pinned folders to the current windows explorer folder on the taskbar then after a reboot or something they disapeared.

A:Pinned folders in Explorer taskbar icon disappear

What method are you using? Is the taskbar locked? To find out, click in an empty space on the task bar and uncheck the "lock the taskbar" box.

Have you tried?:If the program is already running, right-click the program's button on the taskbar (or drag the button toward the desktop) to open the program?s Jump List, and then click Pin this program to taskbar.
If the program isn't running, click Start, find the program?s icon, right-click the icon, and then click Pin to Taskbar.
Also, try dragging the program's shortcut from the desktop or Start menu to the taskbar.
After trying these, are you able to pin?

Microsoft Windows Outreach

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I installed a program yesterday and pinned an icon onto my taskbar. I've noticed today that the icon has gone and has been replaced by the default windows icon (red, blue white). Even if I go into properties, change icon etc, nothing happens.
What can I do?
Thanks to whoever can offer suggestions.

A:Taskbar icon is replaced with default windows icon

Try rebuilding the Icon cache.
Icon Cache - Rebuild

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Hi Guys.

About 2 weeks ago the Explorer icon on the Taskbar where you can pin up to 12 shortcuts started randomly disappearing causing me to drag 'n drop them again. After about the 5th or 6th time of them disappearing and replacing them I am now only able to pin 4. I've installed no additional software during the period in which this error started appearing except a Windows Update released on June 10th, which I might add, the random disappearance of those Pinned icons had been happening. It wasn't until the 16th that it would no longer allow me to pin more than 4.

Does anyone here know where in the registry this setting is created so I can fix it to use 12 again instead of 4? I've searched the registry for Explorer Pinned, Taskbar Pinned, Taskbar Frequent, etc., all to no avail.

Here is a screenshot of what I'm speaking:

Before the 16th I could put 12 Pinned shortcuts and then they just stopped.

Thank you in advance.

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When right-clicked my Windows Explorer icon in the taskbar only displays "Desktop" under "Recent". I use it to open lots of things, how come I never see them listed under "Recent". I guess these are called Jump Lists. They also don't display at all for Microsoft Word. There are some there for IE but they don't seem like my most recent visits. Are my jump lists messed up? This example is from a tutorial.

A:Explorer icon in taskbar doesn't show recent items

Right click taskbar, select properties, switch to Start menu page, check Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar.

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(using win7 x64)

I used a program called "Types" to change a few file icons in windows. I did the same thing on a laptop but used a different program so I didn't get this problem. After I changed the default icon for .exe every exe program changed to the default icon I had selected. Not just the programs I already had on the computer but it uses the default icon for new programs downloaded and even ones viewed on disc. And it changed all shortcuts to the default icon.

I've been able to restore most of the shortcuts through the properties menu. Interesting thing is I have to do it twice on every icon since the first attempt seems to do nothing (and refreshing the desktop doesn't work).

I've downloaded additional icon programs that have a restore setting but that hasn't worked. I've tried a registry fix but that doesn't work. Neither has using the windows restore point. I've gone into the registry itself and changed around the default icon for the exe. Sure it'll change the icon but no exe programs with their own icons will return to their original state. My last attempt has been to delete the icon cache and that has also failed.

So now that google has let me down I'm hoping someone here can help me. A big thank you in advance cause this is really annoying.

A:[SOLVED] Changed EXE Icon Now All EXE's are changed to default Icon

Hi, well you have made quite a few changes trying to fix this, we may have to do this in stages first we will clear the Cache (only proper way to do this):-

Go to Start all programs accessories and right click on command prompt select ?run as administrator?

At the prompt type:- taskkill /im explorer.exe /f press enter
(Your desktop will go blank)

Now type each line and press enter after each line.
Note the spaces.


attrib -h IconCache.db

del IconCache.db

Shutdown /r
Post back, do not attempt anything else, there is more we can do.

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At Windows 7, I created 3 program shortcuts which execute same executable. Then I changed icons for second shortcut and third shortcut. When I launched the executable from the second and third shortcut, the taskbar icon of the executable will be that of the shortcut icon instead of the executable MainForm icon. In XP and Vista, it will use MainForm icon in the taskbar. Is this the intended behaviour of Windows 7?

A:Windows 7 use shortcut icon as taskbar icon

Looks that way...

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For some reason FireFox doesnt want me to use my own icon for it in the taskbar. ill change the icon, pin it to the taskbar, click the new icon and itll open up a new firefox default icon on the taskbar so there will be 2.

anyway around this?

A:FireFox Taskbar Icon, Makes Duplicate Taskbar Icon's

Let's fix the duplicate icon first, open Firefox from the pinned icon you have already after the second one opens up unpin the first one and pin the second one that should stop the duplicate icon.

Now the icon go to C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar then right-click on the Firefox shortcut click on properties make sure you're in the Shortcut tab and click on the Change Icon Button. After you open up Firefox again icon will revert back to the default icon because it opens up Firefox.exe you would have to change the icon in the .exe for a permanent change.
AppData is hidden is this tutorial Step #3 to unhide it File and Folder - Hide or Unhide


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just a quick question my computer didnt boot and put itself into recovery mode, found nothing wrong then worked fine. when the desktop came up i had this task bar?
anybody know why and how i can change it back?

A:Windows 7 Taskbar Changed to Classic

Check and see if you are using a basic theme. If so, change to an Aero theme.

Theme - Change or Save

A Guy

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Hi guys, so I have a little problem, I've downloaded FileTypesMan because I wanted to change the .exe files appearance on my computer.

I did this using this program - all .exe file icons changed, however, with them changed ALL the shortcuts to all the programs that I have on my laptop - now they all look the same.

I can't figure out how to change it all back.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
View image: Capture - how my Desktop looks now

A:Programs shortcuts'icons changed when changed exe file icon appearance

Hello Max, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you might see if downloading and merging the .reg file for the listed exe item in the tutorial below may be able to help. It'll restore the default association and registry entries for exe files.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

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i cannot remember how to change my taskbar back to the un-classic version? can you help?

A:my windows 7 taskbar has changed how do i change it back?

hi ;
this link of forum seems like your problem check it :
hope that helps /good luckSystem Engineer | vNext Consulting

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When the latest version of iTunes is installed, all of the icons on the Windows 7 taskbar and on the Start menu are changed to the iTunes icon. No matter what I click on, it starts iTunes. An Apple technician had me create a new administrator account as a test. Since the icons in the new account appeared normally, he said it may not be a serious problem as perhaps only some unknown setting needs to be changed. Since he suggested I may want to contact Dell or Microsoft or to try posting on some forums, I thought this would be a logical place to start.

He had me remove all Apple software from my computer and install iTunes again, which resulted in all the icons changing to iTunes again. I just got my first ipod and I would like to be able to use iTunes on this computer. I am not technically proficient.

I would appreciate any suggestions. Has anyone else seen this happen recently?


A:all Windows 7 icons changed to iTunes icon

Hello Sentinel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Are the icons, that got replaced with the iTunes icon, only shortcuts or all program icons shortcut or not.

If only shortcuts have been affected, then you might see if downloading and merging the LNK download in the tutorial below to restore the default shortcut associations may be able to fix this for you after restarting the computer when done.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,

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my windows text has gone to a crazy character set. it is all symbols, it happened after I removed a couple of programs ; it is the text all over windows, all the filenames etc.....
can someone tell me how to change it back to good old legible letters please.



A:windows icon text has changed to symbols...HELP please....

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Hello and thank you for offering such a great help
first of all i am having the same issue as one of your members had before but the links to resolve the problem were taken down here is the link:

[SOLVED] Changed EXE Icon Now All EXE's are changed to default Icon

I used a program to change the default icon on programs and I made a mistake when i changed the default icon for all the .exe not knowing that all the icons on my desktop would look the same now since they are all .exe.

I can't do a system restore and i need them to go back to default
I am running Win 7 64x Pro

Thanks for your help

A:Changed EXE Icon Now All EXE's are changed to default Icon

It's much safer to change application shortcut icons on a "one at a time" basis, using the built-in Properties > Change Icon feature which most shortcuts have. Using software to do it is unecessary and also (as you've discovered) risky.

Doesn't the software have a way to restore defaults?
If it doesn't, you'll have to restore each one manually by right-clicking one, choosing "Properties", then clicking "Change icon". Click "Browse", navigate to that shorcut's parent application in C:\Program Files, find the main executable and select that.

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I was told to also post this iunder this category.

I'm about to tear out my hair. First Windows Explorer keeps stopping, searches for solution then restarts. About the time this problem, I noticed that Windows Explorer will change the original creation date on some of my files. It might be all files in folder or just certain types. I've yet to make a connection with when this is happening or what is causing it. Not necessarily when Windows Explorer stops. It's difficult when you can't tell which is the oldest/newest file in a folder.

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit, which I keep updated, McAfee, AntiMalware Bytes and SuperAntiSpyware, also all updated.

I'm begging! Can someone help me please?


A:Window Explorer keeps stopping/Windows Explorer Changed File Dates


Hi and welcome to TSF.

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Please be patient with me during this time.

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I've seen a lot of posts about this issue but unfortunately none of the solutions offered worked for me.
I have a Sony VAIO VPC laptop, Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.
Everything was fine until yesterday when I opened my computer and the taskbar now looks like this:

when it should look like this:

I ran the Aero troubleshooter and the report says my Desktop Window Manager is disabled. I tried turning it on in the Services window but nothing happened. It also said that the current theme doesn't support Aero, and nothing happened when I changed the theme back to the default Aero theme.

I also updated my Intel GMA 3150 driver. again, nothing's changed.

This is extremely frustrating, any help would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 taskbar changed to basic view and won't change back

Try doing a system restore to a point before the problem started..

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I just updated AVG. Then after a restart my taskbar, windows and color changed to Windows classic. I've used AVG for a while and this has never happened. When my desktop came up after the restart there was a notification saying something about "the system could not link." I wish I did not close that window for I could give a better description of what it said. Is there any way I can get back to the default Windows 7 taskbar and window aesthetic ei the start menu go back to to the circular windows logo etc? Now the start menu is the Start rectangle. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Updated AVG. Taskbar Windows Changed To Windows Classic

Just restarted again and that did the trick. Now I can't figure out how to delete the thread.

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I have lost the IE 10 icon on the Windows 8 consumer review OS taskbar ( through my own actions ). Does anyone know how I can get the icon back to my taskbar?

A:IE 10 icon on Windows 8 taskbar

Go to the Start Screen search, type Internet Explorer, it'll show the Metro icon for IE, right click, and at the bottom there are four options, choose pin to taskbar.

Taskbar - Pin or Unpin Apps in Windows 8

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Hey, I tried to install a Windows XP theme (which worked before previously), but something went wrong and I changed it back to the default XP theme. For some reason, all MS Word .doc files are now displaying the wordpad icon -> .
The files still open in MS Word, like they should. It's just that it's not very convenient, and I want my OS to work the way it should

A:Solved: .doc word icon changed to wordpad icon

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In windows 8 it was removed and I was happy (I have a keyboard so I just use hotkeys), but in 8.1 it turns on by default and I can't see how to switch it back off. Thanks in advance!

A:Remove windows icon from taskbar in 8.1

A screenshot would help.

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looking for a way to unhide the taskbar with only the windows key. often while working on a program the taskbar pops up when my mouse gets too close to the edge. I like it hidden. Ive tired extendedUIhovertime and hovertime mouse registry changes but then dont work. I tried thrid party apps but they took up cpu and were termpermental. i dont like docking programs so please dont suggest those.

The goal here is to un-hide the taskbar with just the windows key and not mouseover

my ideas is

Im using a laptop so it doesnt have monitor dispaly position functions
a have a NVIDIA video card
the ideas was to move my display one pixel down that way the mouse could not reach it

anyone know a app that can do this or have any other ideas?

A:how do you unhide taskbar with only windows icon key?

I might be able to make one, if that's alright. Most of the apps I make are pretty small... you might be able to use them. But you'd have to settle for something other than just the Win key, as it would get disabled for opening the start menu and instead for the taskbar. Would you be okay with Win key + Spacebar?

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When I Hover Over An Icon On The Taskbar Like In The Picture Any Help?

A:Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Problem

Hello Jimbob, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It looks like you are not using a Aero theme, so this would be why the taskbar icons are in list mode instead of showing thumbnail previews when you hover over them.

Taskbar List or Thumbnail Previews Mode - Change

Hope this helps,

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