Solved icons changed after new program installation

November 21, 2012 at 18:01:05
Specs: Windows 7, 1T

I installed revo uninstall pro and now most of the icons on my desktop look like blank pages but they still direct you to the correct program. what can i do to fix this.

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November 21, 2012 at 19:22:57

do a system restore back to BEFORE the problem

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November 21, 2012 at 19:36:00

I was going to do this but it advised that the new program would be lost or affected, so I didn't continue. An update came through and when this was finished a lot of the icon - not all - came back!!!

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November 22, 2012 at 13:30:50
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If it's an iconcache issue (which is almost certain) then after some restarts it should go back to normal. Increasing the amount of space allocated to the iconcache is the best way to ensure it doesn't happen again, or at least not very often. Read this because it helps if you understand how it works:

System restore might fix it, if the iconcache.db file is restored with the rest, but it's like taking a sledge hammer to crack a nut.

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November 22, 2012 at 13:54:37

Thanks Derek
I just did a IconCache rebuild and just about all the icons have restored to their original state.
thank you for your help

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November 22, 2012 at 14:00:31

Good to hear and thx for letting us know. If you can decide on a Best Answer that will mark this post as solved and save others from joining in.

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November 27, 2012 at 14:38:57

I thought this problem was solved but every day now I get a different senario. some days all icon are fine, another some are and like today none are. HELP

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November 27, 2012 at 14:48:57

Did you increase the size of the icon cache (mentioned in my How-to)? This usually fixes the obstinate cases. If you are happy in the registry make the setting 4096.

If you don't like dabbling in the registry then do this:

Open NotePad and Copy/Paste all that is between the lines below into it.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Max Cached Icons"="4096"

Note that there must be either one or two line spaces at the end (included).

Save your NotePad file somewhere (desktop wil do) as iconfix.txt

Open it by all means to check it looks right but don't alter anything except adding one or two line spaces at the end if they haven't arrived. Next change its file name from iconfix.txt to iconfix.reg then right click it and choose Run As Administrator.

Say yes to all the prompts and the cache size has now been increased. It might take a few computer restarts before the cache starts to fill out and cure your issue.

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November 27, 2012 at 15:07:08

Hi Derek,
how do I send you a personal message - sorry not nearly as savvy as I would like to think

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November 27, 2012 at 15:10:56

It's OK, I've amended my post #7 now so that you can create the file yourself.

Look back there - its easy.

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November 27, 2012 at 15:36:00

Just found that Firefox (browser) messes up the necessary one (or two Max) extra lines.

It's OK if you are using Internet Explorer - no idea about Chrome etc.

Whatever, make sure that what you have produced looks right as text by dragging your mouse to the bottom right corner and seeing where the cursor is flashing. If that's OK then rename it as a .reg and off you go.

You will have to right click the reg file and select Run As Administrator rather than just double clicking it.

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November 27, 2012 at 16:29:29

Sorry Derek,
none of this worked. I did as suggested and all that happens is the notepage keeps opening and nothing else. I did go into properties and say run as adminstrator (only option for this) but still nothing and now I cannot even delete this off my desktop as it keeps telling me it is no longer there (I can still see it!!)

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November 27, 2012 at 16:38:47

Can't imagine why that happened.

Did you restart the computer? Sometimes things that get stuck vanish on restart. There are ways to get rid of obstinate items if necessary but a NotePad file is about the most docile thing on a computer. Let me know if it still won't delete.

Rename it back to .txt before you reboot (if it lets you).

Once this is unstuck, if you want to revert back to the email idea then that's fine by me. You can send me a PM by looking in your "My Computing.Net" page. There is a section there called Private Message Center. If you can't find it I think this will (they use a universal URL but it only opens the actual members page):

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November 27, 2012 at 18:00:53

See above first - this is just for academic interest.

I've worked out why that file kept opening in NotePad. It is because of Microsoft's infuriating habit of hiding common file extensions by default. About the first thing most helpers do is un-hide them because that way you understand things far better and ordinary users get to know the meaning of file extensions.

When you renamed the file it simply added .reg to the end of the name (becoming part of its name). It still carried the hidden .txt extension so it still opened in NotePad.

So whatever else you do it would be a good idea to change this confusing nonsense forever. You go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab. Find an entry called "Hide extensions for known file types" then take out the check mark and Apply/OK your way out. From now on picture files, for instance, will have .jpg after them (about the whole world knows .jpg's are picture files anyhow).

None if this accounts for why the file got stuck though - just a passing glitch hopefully.

Once you have the file extensions showing the original suggestion for increasing the cache should work. If you prefer me to send the file instead then I am happy to do so.

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November 28, 2012 at 14:33:28

Just to update the forum.

Had a PM from sanchavel to say the icon cache size has now been increased and the problem appears (again) to be solved.

Only time will tell, so I will report back on here if it should happen again.

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