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My Computer and Show Desktop lost icons

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I recently (have no idea how) lost the icons for My Computer and Show Desktop. I don't mean they are not there, I mean they've lost the appearance.

My Computer

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Show Desktop

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Now, when the window opens for me to save something, I can't see My Computer, but I can see Show Desktop :blink:

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Any ideas?


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Maybe you can try this reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="My Computer"






;My Computer

But it's inside my French localised Windows version!!


Edited by myselfidem
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I also forgot to point out that the My Computer icon is not visible in the Start menu.

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Unfortunately, it doesn't work, but I think it could be because lines are wrongly separated by the forum display. Could you attach the original .reg file as you created it?

Thank you

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Maybe you can try: Right-click on the Desktop; select: Properties; Desktop: Customize Desktop and select: My Computer; validate:OK.

I give you new reg file!

I hope that will help you!

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This is the master icon:


(It says @=%systemroot%\Explorer.exe,0)

Check if there's something in [HKEY_CURRENT_USER...]{the rest is the same as above}. It shouldn't be, unless you've customized desktop icons and/or used some theme

Check both [HKLM/HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers] - if there is anything and post it here.

Check both [HKLM/HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons]/{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}=0

Check whether

"Max Cached Icons"="4096"

is big enough, I'd say at least "512".

Delete %systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\Sp0iLedBrAt\Local Settings\Application Data\IconCache.db :)



*Edit: One more place: %systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\Sp0iLedBrAt\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\Custom.theme < edit with Notepad if necessary, but customizing desktop should be enough.

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I did all the steps you recommended; the first one did not have a hex value



, but it did have
. Everything else was OK (even the custom theme), except for

"Max Cached Icons"="4096"

. This didn't exist, so I created it as a DWORD value with a decimal of 4096. I also deleted IconCache.db, which I was thinking of rebuilding with TweakUI.exe. After the restart, however, it's still the same.

Fala sepak :rolleyes:


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This link you attached made me think; I didn't (and I still don't) think it's important, but a part of my notebook screen broke and I got an old CRT screen and hooked it up as secondary display (Intel Dual Display Clone mode). Do you think this may have anything to do with it?

BTW, the change of color depth didn't work.


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Sorry if this was step 1, I just didnt see it tried in the thread.

right click on any shortcut and go to properties

hit change icon

browse C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.exe for icons

are the little computer and desktop icons there, and if so can you apply them to other shortcuts?

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