Disintegrating Icon Associations??

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Writenow

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To my surprise, some of the icons - the little favicon sized ones in Explorer - have been changed. This seems to be happening periodically. One day I noticed that a PIM I use was displaying the MS generic icons in its open dialog box. A couple of days ago, I noticed another PIM was also showing generic icons. I hadn't opened that one for a very long time so I don't know how long they've been corrupted. Today, looking through files in Explorer I saw that the file type icons for Textmaker, a word processor, had been replaced by an icon I don't recognize. A colorful circle thing. The icon for the .exe file itself is correct, both in Explorer and in Folder options. It's the associated files that have the odd icons.

I've gone to Folder Options and tried to fix it. If I try to change the icon, it shows it has changed in the Folder Options dialog but nothing changes in Explorer. The Folder Options dialog APPLY button is ALWAYS greyed out.

Before you ask: Yes I run virus checks, malware and spyware checks, firewall in place, etc., etc.

My question is, what exactly is my problem? A file association problem? A permissions problem? Something else? Can anybody point me in the right direction?

Running XP Home, SP2

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Right click your Desktop, choose Properties, under the Settings tab change the Color Quality from 32 bit ro 16 bit, click Apply/OK. Now go back and change the Color Quality from 16 bit to 32 bit, click Apply/OK. This will rebuild the iconcache.db file and may correct the problem.

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I will try what you suggested but I am very doubtful. All my other icons and displays are fine. I am very disturbed by the fact that the Apply button in file associations is not accessible. Can you help me with that?

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Writenow

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Right click your Desktop, choose Properties, under the Settings tab change the Color Quality from 32 bit ro 16 bit, click Apply/OK. Now go back and change the Color Quality from 16 bit to 32 bit, click Apply/OK. This will rebuild the iconcache.db file and may correct the problem.

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Well, that was ugly ;)

Wanna try something else? That did nothing but give me a few bad (Easter) moments.
 

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Writenow, You could download Tweak UI at the link below. After you install it you'll find it in Start>Programs>Powertoys for Windows XP>Tweak UI. Open it and under Repair choose Rebuild Icons.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

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OK. I'm thinking this over. Will doing this destroy my carefully built and positioned desktop icons? Will it destroy all the carefully designed folder icons in Explorer? If so - maybe it just isn't worth it. And, it doesn't really fix whatever is causing the problem. And, I still have the issue with Folder Options.

Please don't think me ungrateful I appreciate your help.
 
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OK. I'm thinking this over. Will doing this destroy my carefully built and positioned desktop icons? Will it destroy all the carefully designed folder icons in Explorer? If so - maybe it just isn't worth it. And, it doesn't really fix whatever is causing the problem. And, I still have the issue with Folder Options.

Please don't think me ungrateful I appreciate your help.
Writenow, I really couldn't say if it would all the carefully designed folder icons in Explorer. As far as the Folder Options Apply button being greyed out are you saying that it's always greyed out under all of the tabs even if you make a change in say under the View tab?

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Writenow, I really couldn't say if it would all the carefully designed folder icons in Explorer. As far as the Folder Options Apply button being greyed out are you saying that it's always greyed out under all of the tabs even if you make a change in say under the View tab?

Tufenuf
Thanks again. sorry, I have to leave in a few minutes.

I checked on the button situation. To answer your question: No, only on the File Types tab. However, I see that it's only the files that have been corrupted that have the Apply button greyed out, and on one of them, I now do not have access to the Advanced button at all. When I get home, I will try changing a couple other icons and see what happens and if the apply button disappears again.

Thanks.
 
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