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Windows 7 - Changed "C" Drive ownership and icons are disappearing now...

Hey - I changed ownership on my entire C drive because I was having issues being able to install some apps.

Everything works better, but now I'm missing some of my icon images on the desktop shortcuts. It's just irritating. Any way to fix that?
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drperdew
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Tiras25Commented:
So.. what happens if you right click on the desktop=>view=>show desktop icons?
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drperdewAuthor Commented:
Desktop shortcuts are present, just not all the icon images. Here's a screenshot example attached.

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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:

There is a program that has a fully functional 30 day free trial called TuneUp Utilities 2010 (it supports Windows 7) ...
http://www.tune-up.com//products/tuneup-utilities/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=TuneUp+USA+-+Brand&utm_term=tuneup+util
 When you open the program you will see many features you will like .... go ahead and test them if you wish... they really increase the performance of your computer.
After you finish looking around, you will want to go to the 3rd column where it says "Fix Problems" and select "All Functions", Next Select "Fix Common Problems and it will open a screen that offers you the option to select "icons are displayed incorrectly" .... this should do it.
It is usually a corrupt file and deleting it will force it to recreate it. See the screenshots below.

Bits...

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akhafafCommented:
    Hi there drperdew,,,

I really cannt find any relation between changing the ownership of files and missing icons on your desktop . However, in order to make some more isolations of the cause of the problem could you please just remove the onwnership and return every thing as it was before setting the ownership , restart the PC and check if the Icons are still missing or not ????

Best Wishes
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John GriffithCommented:
Try Windows System Restore - choose a restore point prior to the taking ownership of c: -
START | type rstrui | choose restore point
Regards. . .
jcgriff2
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senadCommented:
You probably have too many icons,much more than the IconCache.db can handle.
So you can flush it (delete it) and let W7 rebuild them.
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DooDahCommented:

>> Any way to fix that?

YES, I had the same problem.   Here's what I did.

1. REBOOT YOUR PC
2. PRESS "F8" during boot to BOOT UP to SAFE MODE.
3. COMPLETE BOOT TO SAFE MODE
4. REBOOT from SAFE MODE
5. Be totally surprised when your ICONS are re-read and come back GRAPHICALLY.

Let me know if this doesn't work, it definitely worked for me.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
This is exactly what TuneUP Utilities 2010 will do for him (delete the IconCache.db) plus he gets a chance to reduce the size of the registry and defragment it and correct other miscelaneous errors that slow down his system..... I prefered not to tell him exactly yet unless he asked about the file (I did mention it) because I felt he would benefit more from a full TuneUp......
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
But actually .... after analyzing the answers.... I think jcgriff2's advice inCommentId: 26160954 is a much better way to go.....
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akhafafCommented:
drperdew,, please update us with the most appropriate solution for your problem
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drperdewAuthor Commented:
So, I've fixed it. Simpler than I thought. And it was only after trying all of these things above that didn't work. Sorry guys, I'll spread the points on this one I think just for your consideration. (I do really like the PC Tune Up software, but it didn't solve this problem.)

It seems that the icon files somehow disappeared after I changed the ownership of the C drive, but only on some of the icons - dozen or so. So, I opened the icon properties, opened the file location, created new shortcuts and deleted the old ones with the standard windows icon.

Problem solved. They work. There may be a bigger issue somewhere, but I'll deal with that later.

Thanks for your help.

David
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Hello drperdew,
I strongly advise that you revert the changes made to the "ownership" of your files. This will only create problems for you in the future. Yes, you might be happy for the moment thinking that the icons are back, but the main problem is whatever made you change the ownership of your files in the first place.
The best answer to your question is the one provided by jcgriff2. It would allow you to tackle the initial issue in the first place which is: Why are you having problems installing some applications?
Bits....
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John GriffithCommented:
File ownership of c: must revert back to the "original owner" or you may find that certain functions become INOP, e.g., Windows Updates will not be pleased with the replacement of the TrustedInstaller, especially when security updates come in to install.  Just one reason for SubInACL.
Good Luck to you.
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drperdewAuthor Commented:
See my comment about the actual solution.
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