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Problem removing duplicate desktop icons and program and favourite menus in XP Home

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A few days ago I noticed duplicate desk top icons on my desk top. They are not the usual coloured logo types but white with a minature window page in the centre. I have also noticed the same thing in my Favourites in Explorer where book marked  sites are duplicated and the same thing again when I go to Start - all programs. I would be grateful for any assistance with this problem. I am using Windows XP Home SP 2
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by:jbizzle979
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Can you provide a screen shot, please?
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by:Brakers
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hi thanks for the reply, but I dont know how to get a screen shot
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by:skywalker39
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Hi Brakers,

A real easy way is to get a screen shot is to select the PrintScreenSysRq button on your keyboard, then go into paint and paste the image into paint. Save the image then upload it here.
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by:Brakers
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thanks skywalker I just ried it but as I dont use screen print often I dont know the procedure. The print screen sys req att button doesnt work. Sorry
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by:Brakers
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Hi,

just managed to get a screen shot of my desk top. The duplicate icons have been circled
untitled.bmp
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by:phototropic
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Rt. click one of the icons, then choose properties.  On ther General tab, does it say "opens with:  Unknown Application"?  Did all these icons appear at once? Do they work if you click on them?
Try Start - Run - type "control folders" (without the quotes). Click the "view" tab. Make sure "do not show hidden files and folders" is ticked. Likewise "hide protected operating system files (recommended)".

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by:Brakers
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hi phototropic

Yes it says "opens with Unknown Application" They did apear pretty much all at once. When clicked on they dont work .Have followed the rest of your instructions. I'll reboot and report what happens

Thnks

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by:Brakers
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followed Phototropics suggestions but the files are still there


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unfortuneatly, no solution  was given on EE and all of my research failed to solve the isshe ue. I found that the only option was to do a clean install which worked. Thanks to all who helped.
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by:phototropic
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Sorry we were unable to help.
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by:Brakers
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thanks Phototropic, just one of those situations where the only choice was to do the re install

thanks to all who tried to help


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