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Icons on desktop are duplicated.

Windows 98 SE.

Any file (icon, shortcut, whatever) copied to the desktop immediately duplicates itself.  You end up with two icons on the desktop of every FILE BASED object.  (Stuff like My Computer, Recycle Bin, etc don't duplicate.)

If you go to a command prompt and look at the \windows\desktop folder, you only see one of each item.  But if you make a new file (echo hi >> filename) you refresh the desktop and whammo, two filename files.

I'm at a loss here.. any ideas?

Thanks.

Edit:

Addendum.. if you delete any of the two icons, the other is deleted as well.  Changes to one icon is instantly reflected on the other.
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Asta CuCommented:
Are you using Desktop Plus?
http://www.desktopplus.com/beta.html

Is this a new problem, if so, what have you recently installed or changed?

Asta
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Asta CuCommented:
Did you at any time upgrade from ME to 98 or vice versa?

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q271184

You may also try start-run-msinfo32-tools registry checker.

Listening for more from you.

Asta
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Asta CuCommented:
Have you scanned your system with updated Viruscan program and virus definition files?  Did you recently do a reinstall of programs where these duplicates "may have" been created?  Do you have any 3rd party software you added that are desktop tools that may have generated this problem?

Found lots of freeware to eliminate and control icons, though haven't used/tried any of them, so can't attest to their value or problems.

Here's one example.
http://www.skylarkutilities.com/program.pcs?system-icon-cleaner
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EDStechAuthor Commented:
No, we're not using desktop plus.

No, we haven't ever tried to put ME on it.  (Corporate policy, Win ME will NOT be tolerated on site.. we'll pull you from the network and kick your ass if you try.)  

Yes, it's a new problem.

Yes, we've updated our virus files and etc.  As luck would have it, we just today updated to office scan 5.02.  However, I am assured that this problem cropped up before the upgrade.  

I haven't had a chance to go run SFC, but that's my next real step to try.
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Asta CuCommented:
Also, reboot after a shutdown and try repairing the registry, another thing we may wish to explore if still unresolved is the iconcache...

After shutdown long enough to unload drivers, TSRs, etc. (2-3 minutes), reboot to MS DOS Prompt, navigate to windows\command directory and type
scanreg/fix.

See if scanning/repairing registry helps.

If not, try scanreg/restore (same process) to go back to a last known working registry.

I so know what you mean about ME, LOL.

Back to work, listening when I can.

Asta
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Asta CuCommented:
You've tried F5 (refresh) on the desktop, and/or from start - folder/settings desktop to update now?  Sorry, working from memory, no longer have 98SE, using XP, but that "may" help.  Do you use Web folder view?

More later if/when I can.  
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Asta CuCommented:
Final thought, do you use the process to create a desktop icon by right clicking the icon and choose Create Desktop, or are you actually dragging an exisiting program icon from elsewhere to create the shortcut?  Could be pertinent.  Later.
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EDStechAuthor Commented:
F5 causes the desktop to refresh, when it refreshes, that's when any new icons are shown as duplicated.

Copying a new item to the desktop, creating a new item via the right click to create so-and-so, and creating a new file on the desktop folder via the command prompt all yeild the same results.

I will, tomorrow morning, hop over and give the scanreg and SFC tools a try.  Will report back then.

Thank you for your help.
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Asta CuCommented:
My pleasure; sure wish I could make sense of this fiasco for you and sure hope that helps.

I've seen a few shareware programs out there that claim to eliminate/fix the duplicate Icon issues, but don't have any personal experiences with their merits.  Also will look a bit further later this week, if the problem persists.

Asta

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Asta CuCommented:
It is advised/requested that you not edit the original text of your questions here, Ed, since it truly does lose the timestamp flow of events and recommendations, not to mention the confusion as I now reread the primary question and it had changed.  ":0)
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Asta CuCommented:
Curious why you use the command=echo hi >> filename .... which I've seen cause duplicates, rather than using the standard and supported OS function for shortcuts which you can then always edit to modify filename and minimize these problems.



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EDStechAuthor Commented:
I edited the post long before the first reply ever came through.  I didnt' feel it warranted a whole new reply for such a simple comment...

I use the echo to the filename just as an example of file creation on the desktop.  As I'm sure you know, the desktop is just a file folder (c:\windows\desktop) and any file placed into this folder shows up on the desktop.  Redirecting echo's output into a file in this folder simply creates a text file in said folder, which is represneted by an icon on the desktop.  I did this just to illustrate the mysterious powers of duplication that this machine has.  Using the echo >> is no different than right clicking and selecting "Create new..." on the desktop.

I'm on my way over to give the scanreg and sfc a shot.
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EDStechAuthor Commented:
Allll righty then...

SFC: No changes found.
Scanreg: Registry "fixed," no improvement.
New video drivers: No improvement
Scandisk, defrag, cursing at machine: No improvement
Turned off virus program and all resident TSR's: No improvement

Boot into safe mode: Didn't try, that's next on list.

I hate obscure crap like this.  I'n not an obscure crap specialist, I do projects!  :|
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Asta CuCommented:
Thanks, I can't agree more with you, obscure and illogical stuff gets to me as well.

Did you upgrade W95 to 98?  Perhaps this is a key
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q243779

Perhaps, if all else continues to not help, this may help
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q133733
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Asta CuCommented:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q132668

Sorry for the sporadic postings, but at work, little time this week.
":0) Asta
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EDStechAuthor Commented:
I'll give the shelliconcache thing a try, but I changed the color depth when I redid the video drivers, so that should have achieved the same thing as manually wiping the cache.  However, no reason not to try..

This is a clean install of 98, and was working for quite some time before the problems started.
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Asta CuCommented:
Also asked a couple of other Experts to visit here in case they have some clues that I've missed.
":0) Asta
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centervCommented:
Such low esteem of ME!  Tchs, tchs.  :>)

Heve you tried tweakUi to repair the icon cache?
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centervCommented:
You can also try rebooting to safe mode and rebooting again.
Booting to safe mode resets the desktop properties to windows defaults.
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MindphaserCommented:
Points refunded and moved to PAQ

** Mindphaser - Community Support Moderator **
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JLGalandCommented:
I want to get rid of those duplicates
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jakobsfCommented:
Any resolution on this??

I have a windows XP system with exactly the same problem.
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Asta CuCommented:
Please post a new question in the Windows XP topic area with what you need, jakobsf.
Asta
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