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  • So I Just Installed Windows 7, Then I Tried To Install A Software Then MY COMPUTER CRASHES!!!!! But Its ok everything came up fine after i system restored. But Then I Realized All my icons have a small computer icon in front of them also my programs in the start menu dont have icons. Also In A Folder all my folder icons have changed to a computer icon. please help if theres some way that i can reset windows or something please help my system restore doesnt work properly! http://testsiter10001.webs.com/SC1.png http://testsiter10001.webs.com/SC2.png

    Wednesday, October 7, 2009 9:57 PM

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  • Hi aaron7pm,

     

    Try rebuild icon cache and see if the issue can be resolved:

     

    1. Click Start, and open Computer.

    2. On the Tool bar, click Organize and choose Folder and Search Options.

    3. Click the View tab, and check to select the Show hidden files and folders option, and click OK.

    4. Then, enter the following directory:

     

    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local

     

    5. Find the IconCache.db file, and rename it as IconCache.db.old.

    6. Close the window, and restart the computer.

     

    What is the result? However, if the issue persists, please test the issue in a new user account.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Linda

     

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Wednesday, October 14, 2009 3:27 AM
    Thursday, October 8, 2009 3:05 AM

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  • Hi aaron7pm,

     

    Try rebuild icon cache and see if the issue can be resolved:

     

    1. Click Start, and open Computer.

    2. On the Tool bar, click Organize and choose Folder and Search Options.

    3. Click the View tab, and check to select the Show hidden files and folders option, and click OK.

    4. Then, enter the following directory:

     

    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local

     

    5. Find the IconCache.db file, and rename it as IconCache.db.old.

    6. Close the window, and restart the computer.

     

    What is the result? However, if the issue persists, please test the issue in a new user account.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Linda

     

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Wednesday, October 14, 2009 3:27 AM
    Thursday, October 8, 2009 3:05 AM
  • did this before it seems the computer icon on the desktop icons is supposed to be a shortcut icon for some reason the files that control my icons are corrupted or something. system restore when i do it then restart my computer fails to start up. then restores back to the original problem. maybe new windows files? Im Not Sure What To Do Please Help
    Thursday, October 8, 2009 12:53 PM
  • Adding on Linda advise you could try using Fences, is a program that helps you organize your desktop, and can hide your icons when they're not in use. It's FREE for personal use

    Hope the above helps
    Friday, October 9, 2009 12:17 AM
    Answerer
  • System restore is not always 100% successful and because of this there is the option to undo the restore by going back into system restore and choosing the "undo" restore point. If the undo is successful you may try using a different restore point for better results.

    Friday, October 9, 2009 12:49 AM
  • Adding on Linda advise you could try using Fences, is a program that helps you organize your desktop, and can hide your icons when they're not in use. It's FREE for personal use

    Hope the above helps
    well if you looked at my screenshots i already am ive been using them since beta
    Saturday, October 10, 2009 12:26 PM
  • System restore is not always 100% successful and because of this there is the option to undo the restore by going back into system restore and choosing the "undo" restore point. If the undo is successful you may try using a different restore point for better results.

    Yes when my computer fails to startup after a restore it just restores to the undo :(
    Saturday, October 10, 2009 12:27 PM
  • Hi aaron7pm,

     

    Does the issue persist after rebuilding the iconcache and in a new user account?

     

    If this is the situation, please also try Clean Boot and see if the issue occurs. If the issue persists, please perform In-Place Upgrade of Windows 7 to see if the issue can be resolved. To do this, please perform the steps below:

     

    Regarding In-place Upgrade, it is a tool to repair the system. Through the special upgrade process, we will be able to repair the system. The In-place Upgrade will not affect settings like photos, movies, documents, etc. that are saved on the computer.  However, it is recommended to first backup your important information and files to other partitions or other disks. We can have a try to see if the issue works.

     

    Turn off Windows features before performing an In-place Upgrade

    =========================================

    1. Click Start, and click Control Panel.

    2. Click Classic View on the left pane, and double click Program and Features.

    3. Click "Turn Windows features on or off on the left" pane.

    4. In the Windows Features dialog box, uncheck all of the check boxes, and then click OK. 

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

     

    Now, let's perform the following steps to repair the corrupted files:

     

    In-place Upgrade

    ===========

    Though this operation will not remove or modify the installed programs and files, I still suggest that we backup the important files before doing this. In addition, we may have to reinstall the device drivers after this operation. Thank you for your understanding.

     

    If the Windows 7 DVD is not available, please just run setup.exe file in the Windows 7 installation package to perform the following steps.

     

    1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD in the computer's DVD drive.

    2. Click Start and choose Computer.

    3. Please find the "setup.exe" file in the DVD-ROM and double click it.

    4. Click Install now.

    5. When we are prompted to input the product key, please click Next without inputting any key. The setup wizard will prompt and ask if you agree to install Windows 7 without the key. Please choose to confirm.

    6. When you reach the "Which type of installation do you want" screen, click Upgrade to upgrade the system files of Windows 7.

     

    Note: While performing the In-place Upgrade, the system will restart automatically (several times) to merge the files and programs. Please leave the computer alone and do not configure it until In-place Upgrade is completed. The system will start Windows 7 once it is upgraded.

     

    When the In-place Upgrade finishes please check the original issue again.

     

    Hope this resolves the issue.

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

    Monday, October 12, 2009 2:27 AM