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    My desktop icons are all overwritten by the "null" icon. All the original icons seem to be there, but underneath that "blank" icon.[attachment=91087:icon_overwritten.jpg]

    Everything was ok that last time I looked, earlier today. I played a song via paid-for Winamp, then left the machine for a couple hours. Power management turned the screen off after 5 minutes. When it came back on, the icons were all messed up.

    I've tried two system restores and got an error on each: unknown registry error.

    Everything else seems to be working ok, although I haven't tried every single program I have.

    I running Win7Pro 64-bit with all the latest patches.
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    Found this elsewhere, see if it helps.

    Create a file with Wordpad and paste this there:

    taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
    cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    attrib –h IconCache.db
    del IconCache.db
    start explorer



    Save it as a Plain Text document, named RefreshIcons.bat, on your desktop.

    Once saved, click it to execute it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtech Guy View Post
    My desktop icons are all overwritten by the "null" icon. All the original icons seem to be there, but underneath that "blank" icon.[attachment=91087:icon_overwritten.jpg]
    Oldtech Guy,
    Hello and welcome to the lounge...Or ...you can try this as well....go to

    C:>Users>"Your PC name">AppData>Local>IconCache.db

    Delete IconCache.db and re-boot... the "Icon Cache " will be rebuilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred J Usack View Post
    Oldtech Guy,
    Hello and welcome to the lounge...Or ...you can try this as well....go to

    C:>Users>"Your PC name">AppData>Local>IconCache.db

    Delete IconCache.db and re-boot... the "Icon Cache " will be rebuilt.

    Regards Fred
    Fred,

    The batch file I posted, kills the windows explorer, deletes the icon cache and starts windows explorer again. Simple, automated solution, no reboots required.

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rui Ribeiro View Post
    Simple, automated solution, no reboots required.
    Rui,
    Hello... yes you are correct ... But... i can remember that doing what you have stated to a "PC " newbie ( just an Assumption ) no disrespect intended ( don't know what level the poster is at )...was enough to send me into a catatonic trance. Regards Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred J Usack View Post
    Rui,
    Hello... yes you are correct ... But... i can remember that doing what you have stated to a "PC " newbie ( just an Assumption ) no disrespect intended ( don't know what level the poster is at )...was enough to send me into a catatonic trance. Regards Fred
    Ok, Fred .

    Regards

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    Thanks for the replies so far. I tried the steps outlined, manually, before I posted my question. Nothing changed. The sequence (when to close Explorer) may be a key, so I'll try the script you supplied. Will let you know result.

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    Ok, tried the script, but no change resulted, but I did learn more information. Only the icons for shortcuts are messed up. Icons for computer, recycle bin, and the script file were not messed up. That makes me think it's the shortcut overlay, which is usually the little arrow, is botched in the registry. Does anyone know where to find that entry?

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    Are the shortcuts all of the same type (.doc, .xls, something else)?
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    Here you will find several registry fixes for file associations for Windows 7: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/fi...for-windows-7/

    I suggest that you create a restore point and then try the fixes for the types of icons that are giving you problems. Seems some of then may be programs, so maybe start with the fix for .exe files and then pick others if you still have other file types that are not being properly displayed.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions!!

    After doing a Web search, I did a regedit. Navigated to HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\exp lorer\shell icons [with all the appropriate capital letters] and found that something had put in a value named 29, REG-SZ, value empty.ico,0. Guessing that was the problem, I renamed the item to 29xxx and then re-run the script suggested above. Voila, my icons are back to normal.

    Thank you again!

    And happy new year to all.

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    Glad you sorted it.

    Happy new year .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtech Guy View Post
    My desktop icons are all overwritten by the "null" icon. All the original icons seem to be there, but underneath that "blank" icon.[attachment=91087:icon_overwritten.jpg]

    Everything was ok that last time I looked, earlier today. I played a song via paid-for Winamp, then left the machine for a couple hours. Power management turned the screen off after 5 minutes. When it came back on, the icons were all messed up.

    I've tried two system restores and got an error on each: unknown registry error.

    Everything else seems to be working ok, although I haven't tried every single program I have.

    I running Win7Pro 64-bit with all the latest patches.
    The next time the wheels break do it the easy way, right click desktop, properties then do as image:-

    [attachment=91091:1.JPG]
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!

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