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xXbernisXx

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Most of my windows icons are missing :( it happened for most of my applications and desktop icons too, even for images, as shown in the attached image. please help.(as you can see the desktop icons have been restored but they still carry a small missing icon)

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Starter, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor LE-1660, x64 Family 15 Model 127 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1791 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 292855 MB, Free - 232367 MB;
Motherboard: eMachines, EMCP61M
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
 

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Phantom010

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Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Copy/Paste the following command:

Code:
regedit /e C:\look.txt "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons"
Press Enter.

You won't notice anything. However, it will have created a report on your C drive named look. Attach that file to your next reply.
 

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Try THIS.

Save the .reg file to your desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry.

Restart the computer.

If the fix only opens as a text file (in Notepad), right-click the file (before opening it) and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
 

xXbernisXx

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i tried doing that before, and did it again just now, but it didnt work. i restarted the computer too.
 

Phantom010

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OK, let's try the following:

First,

Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Type regedit

Press Enter.

Go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons

Right-click Shell Icons.

Select Export and save the file to a location of your choice. This will back up the key.

Next,

Save the attached .reg file to your desktop.

Double-click it to merge it to your registry.

Restart the computer.
 

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Phantom010

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After backing up that key, right-click Shell Icons again and delete it.

Then, merge my attached file to the registry.
 
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you may try to run a program called unhide.exe this might work it will reverts back the changes made to your files and windows registry then try scan your computer with you antivirus. I hope this will help
 

xXbernisXx

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@Phantom still did not fix the issue

@Yudahtech i will go ahead and try that i hope it does not interfere with phantoms help
 
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Unhide is a fix for infected systems with rogue anti-spyware programs. Do not run this until you hear from Phantom010.
 
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