Icons have dissapeared

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by FreezerBite, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Daz

    Daz MDL Developer / Admin
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    Looking at that second pic I'd say its format time, one of the loaders (maybe Chew-WGA since that modifies systen files) has messed up something.
     
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  2. FreezerBite

    FreezerBite MDL Novice

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    Anything I can do about that? Besides doing a fresh install since that is really my LAST option.
     
  3. Reign_Of_Freedom

    Reign_Of_Freedom MDL Expert

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    Just reformat it, the more you try to "fix" the problem the more likely it will get worse.
     
  4. Daz

    Daz MDL Developer / Admin
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    #25 Daz, Aug 24, 2009
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    Well you could try going to C:\Windows\System32\ and launch cmd.exe as admin. Then input "sfc /scannow", you will proberbly need the Windows 7 disk inserted.

    I'm not sure if you have tried yet but another option might be to use the system restore tool on the Windows 7 disc. That will only work if you have any good working restore points though...

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    Doh, beat to it!
     
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  5. Mr Jinje

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    I think we can find a few more hoops for him to jump through first.

    Hey dude, did you manually disable System Restore, or did you just never create a System Restore Point Manually. If this is the case, you prolly have sys restores but just don't know it.
     
  6. FreezerBite

    FreezerBite MDL Novice

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    I just never created one, but it says that it was disabled. I tried from the installation disc and it said it couldn't find any, so I think there definitely aren't any.

    As for the attempt with command prompt, give me a few more minutes as without the search function, it is harder to get to cmd than I would have thought :p. System32 doesn't want to appear for me.
     
  7. Reign_Of_Freedom

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    TBH all this time you been trying to figure out how to fix it you could have already reformatted.
     
  8. Mr Jinje

    Mr Jinje MDL Expert

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    I never said it would work, just that you will jump through hoops.

    Try right click on your C:\ Drive and bring up Properties > Tools > Check Now > Add Check "Scan and Attempt Fix Bad Sectors" and run it.
     
  9. FreezerBite

    FreezerBite MDL Novice

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    Nope, didn't work.

    Hoops are fun.
     
  10. Reign_Of_Freedom

    Reign_Of_Freedom MDL Expert

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    Hoops are a waste of time.
     
  11. searchengine

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    I would maybe spend an hour trying to find a fix .... after that if I had no icons and my Desktop PC was still looking for "batteries" (post#19) ..... then I would Format.

    30 minute reinstall vs ??? long to fix icons .... then another ??? how long to fix the "battery" thing.

    Jump thru hoops or format ... think format quicker.
     
  12. jackdor

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    do you have two monitors or a tv setup if so have a look at the second monitor
     
  13. Reign_Of_Freedom

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    If he want's to jump through hoops let him. Already suggested what he needed to do but if he's too lazy to reformat and reinstall then there is no hope for his poor pc.

    On a second though stay away form downloading p*rn.
     
  14. HSChronic

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    Yeah there gets to be a certain point where you are wasting more time trying to patch something that is broke rather than replace it.

    Think of it like this:

    You have an old car that is constantly breaking down, and each time you take it to the shop the fix is more expensive and more intricate. There comes a time when you have reached the point of diminishing returns and it is easier to cut your losses and start over.

    You may fix your OS but what if something else breaks, then you spend another 4 days fixing that problem, then another problem pops up, etc. If you format and reinstall then make an image of your clean install you will be ahead of the game if the OS breaks again.
     
  15. spiderman_pink

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    try a repair install.

    load your windows 7 cd in windows, run the setup and perform an upgrade. not clean install
     
  16. LQQL

    LQQL MDL Addicted

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    Yeah, probably the best.
     
  17. Romeo2009

    Romeo2009 MDL Novice

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    will that get rid of my programs and will i loose everything