Small Windows 7 Problem... Asking For Help
Posted 11 December 2015 - 08:58 AM
What you see if FireFox open, and the icon is just fine. The other blank icon is a folder open, and that's all it ever shows now for open folders and if I'm running VLC. I can't think of any other problem children, but I'm sure there are others.
I googled the problem the other day, deciding to fix it once and for all, and I got some advice to delete the desktopicon.db (or something like that) and reboot. I did that but no joy. Can any of the tech minded people here give me any advice? It's no big deal, but it's pretty annoying to me.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 08:53 PM
Posted 13 December 2015 - 09:45 PM
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process.
You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a(if the exact command above doesn't work, replace %userprofile% with c:\Users\<youruserprofilename>)
5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
Let me know if that works. I have other ideas.
Edited by Orpheus, 14 December 2015 - 02:01 PM.
fixed chopped-off line in instructions
Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:16 AM
Posted 14 December 2015 - 01:56 PM
Also, I assumed your Windows is installed on drive C: (99.99% of installs are)
Posted 14 December 2015 - 04:29 PM
Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:27 PM
You can also try resizing your desktop (which forces a rebuild of many graphics/icon things) and changing it back in a few minutes.
Also, laptops often have model/line-specific graphics quirks, which can get jammed up by some Windows Update. They usually release an updated driver in fairly short order. Make sure you're running the latest version drivers (esp graphics) for your laptop. Some Toshiba laptops have Invidia graphics chips, which were known to have that problem (fixed in latest driver)
rightclick Taskbar > Properties > Taskbar buttons
a) uncheck "Use Small icons" (or re-check it, if already unchecked)
b) change "Always Combine" to "Combine when taskbar is full" (or vice versa)
a) and b) are two different issues, but you might as well try them both, while you're there.
You didn't mention how you were invoking the program. If you use a pinned icon to invoke the program, that opens up several more avenues to explore (Microsoft KnowledgeBase notes one solution -- and probably more, but I didn't look in any depth)
Posted 14 December 2015 - 09:11 PM
Thanks, Orpheus! You solved a really annoying problem. I'll dance at your wedding, or your next wedding, or your funeral or whatever applies!
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