Black Icons

hansw77041
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At the moment my desktop has black icons ! I tried using the Large Icons feature but the black spaces just get larger.

If I click right click the destop and select referesh, the icon images appear for about 1 second and then turn black.

I did a virus scan and found nothing.

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Top Expert 2004

Commented:
try doing these things:


first do this:

control panel>display>effects>check the use large icon box>apply>ok.Go to desktop then go right back and uncheck the box. This resets ShellIconCache,

 if it doesn't work try this:

Go to my computer>tools on the top >folder options>view tab>check the circle beside show hidden files>apply>ok. Then go start>search>for files and folders>type ShellIconCache(capitalize S,I and C on ShellIconCache)>when it displays in the right pane>right click on it and when the properties box appears click delete>restart the computer. Windows will rebuild the ShellIconCache file.
sunray:

I dont think you need to use any third party s/w for this. It is a ShellIconCache issue and can be resolved withing Windows. I have done that before as suggested in my previos comment.
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Tried the powertools, however it did not install and the help file that comes with it is classic Windows help file...... does not explain how to install power tools.

As I wrote in my question I have already tried the Large Icons trick and it produces Large black Icons.

I tried the delete ShellIconCache and rebooted..... Still have black icons.

I could see problems coming, when first thing this morning icons were faded to almost no color.

hansw
Top Expert 2005

Commented:
Try updating your video drivers.

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Commented:
Delete the ShellIconCache and re-boot... several times and slowly the icons beging to appear....
Once is not enough !


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