Voodoo magic on Windows 7

So, I just started using Windows 7 like 3 days ago.  I'm a very experienced computer user.  Everything was good.  I go and take a shower and come back and my Firefox window is closed.  OK, that's fine, maybe one of the kids was messing around, I'll just open Firefox back up.  The icon is not in the taskbar that I pinned it to.  On second thought, it is in there but it's missing it's typical icon graphic and displaying the windows generic one.  OK, this is weird, time to reboot.

Rebooted and it's the same windows generic graphic icon for firefox.  What could have happened?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Check the icon for the shortcut.

C:\users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
it looks like it rebooted during your absence, so keep an eye on it -  maybe something is going wrong..
Try changing screen resolution or update you graphics card driver.

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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
When I run VB6, the screen resolution does change, but the icon has never done this before.

I went into "Properties" and then "Change Icon" and I have 3 nice little firefox icons to choose from and no matter which one I choose, it doesn't show up.

BTW, this computer is 3 days old, running ESET since birth.
hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
I changed the taskbar to "Never Combine" and it showed back up.  I wonder if I pinned one too many icons to the taskbar and it did something?

Depending on if you install Firefox, by double clicking or right clicking and run as admin, the files can be installed into your profile, or the program files directory.

I think some permission problem has caused Windows, not to be able to pick up the icons from the files.

Try uninstalling and then installing into you profile, or installing again, but making sure to right click and install as admin.

I would also stick with Firefox v3.5 for now, 4 is cool, but found a few little bugs already.

Let us know what works for you.



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