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Solved: Desktop and Start Icons All Changed To Paint Icons

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by featherhorse, Aug 9, 2012.

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  1. featherhorse

    featherhorse Thread Starter

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    Hello. All my destktop and start icons have changed to paint icons on my other laptop. When I click on any of them they try to open in paint program. I searched to try to find a fix but couldn't find anything that would help.:mad: I tried a system restore and it didn't do anything. Could you please help me. Thank you very much!

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  2. Phantom010

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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.
     
  3. featherhorse

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    Thank you so much! IT WORKED PERFECTLY!! You are a life saver! There is one icon that I can't delete off my desktop. It was from a program I deleted but the shortcut didn't go away. A window comes up when I try to delete it and says "Could not find this item" "This is no longer longer located in C:\Users\Desktop. Verify the item's location and try again." Could you please help me remove this icon off my desktop? It would be very much appreciated!

    Featherhorse
     
  4. Phantom010

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    Try refreshing the desktop by pressing F5 on your keyboard.
     
  5. featherhorse

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    I tried F5 and it didn't work.
     
  6. Phantom010

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    Did you try restarting your computer?

    If still no luck, try using Unlocker.
     
  7. featherhorse

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    I downloaded Unlocker and when I try to open it a window comes up and ask permission for it to make changes to my computer and when I click "YES" the hour glass appears for a couple seconds and nothing happens.
     
  8. Phantom010

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    Click Start > Programs > Accessories > right-click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt.

    Type CD /D %userprofile%\desktop

    Press Enter.

    Type dir

    Press Enter.

    Please copy the results from the dir command and paste them into your next reply.
     
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