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installed programs not shown in control panel/programs

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by againusa, Jan 14, 2009.

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  1. againusa

    againusa Thread Starter

    Jan 14, 2009
    I encountered weird problems with my vista. Many program icons in the desktop are inactivated, and all my installed programs are not shown in the control panel/programs.

    What should I do to get all my programs shown in the control panel again?

    Thank you,

  2. DaBeers


    Oct 30, 2008
    Do you have other users who are set to admin the system? Did you perform a system restore lately? Do all your drives show in "Computer"?

    What you are speaking of seems like someone else is making changes you are not aware of. User created desktop icons would not be removed if a program was uninstalled or removed by a system restore. They would not link up to their .exe files though. Same if the drive is not listed.

    Right click any icon in question and select properties. It will tell you the path that the icon is leading you too. Then, check that path. Make sure that the file it is supposed to execute is actually there.

    If it is, you ran into a bug I have not sene since the early days of XP. Google '.ico not working' for a reg fix.
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