Where did the icons go?

October 3, 2010 at 01:42:09
Specs: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
My computer runs Windows 98 and I was trying to remove the icons from my friends' accounts Control Panel, with little knowledge that, with it being a single-user based operating system, it would delete the icons from mine too. I searched for all of the .cpl files on the computer and all of the control panel based ones I sent to the Trash and then emptied the Trash. Now I have a problem. I do not have access to the internet and my Dad is not willing to pay any money to fix it, nor am I. Is there a way to recover these items from the Recycle Bin after the Recycle Bin has been emptied? I tried the regestry editor lockdown method, but there was no effect. If there is a way out of this, could you also please tell me how to deny access to the control panel on one account? Thanks. Talek.

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October 3, 2010 at 08:43:36
What did you think you were going to accomplish by deleting Control Panel icons?

Do you have the 98SE disc? Reinstall Windows over the top of itself...a so-called "dirty" install. It should correct everything you mucked up but still leave all your files & programs intact. Do NOT format! And pay close attention during the re-installation. Windows will realize that 98 is already installed & will want to do a new install into a folder named "C:\WINDOWS.000"...do NOT let that happen! Simply backspace out the .000 so that the "new" installation goes right over the top of the old one in C:\WINDOWS.

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October 3, 2010 at 20:59:15
So control panel opens but it's blank? Probably won't work but try right clicking on the empty space and choose 'refresh'.

I'm not sure how you were able to move them from control panel. Those aren't regular icons that can be dragged somewhere else. I assume the control panel icons are defined in the registry so you might try restoring an older registry.

98 creates a new registry copy once each day the computer is booted up. It saves 5 registries. So if it hasn't been too long since you did whatever you did you may be able to fix it.

Boot to a command prompt via the F8 menu--choosing 'command prompt only'--or shutdown and use the 'restart in msdos mode' option. Then at the dos prompt type scanreg/restore and choose a registry to restore from before you messed up.

The control panel icons are linked to files with a CPL extension fouind in the WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder. You can click on the file and they will open as they would in control panel. But I couldn't see a simple way to repopulate control panel by dragging a cpl file there or creating a short cut.

If none of that works and if by chance the hard drive is partitioned FAT16 you can use a dos 6.22 disk that has UNDELETE.EXE on it. Boot up with the disk. At the a:\> prompt type c: and enter. Then type cd recycled and enter. Then type a:\undelete and enter. The files you can recover will show. You'll need to supply the first letter. Once recovered they will show in the recycle bin when you boot into windows.

FAT32 deleted file recovery is more difficult and I've never come across a recovery command that can be run from command prompt.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat

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