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Old 07-29-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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White Icons on Desktop and Start Menu

Suddenly all the desktop icons that point to .exe programs changed to a white sheet with a folded corner, and I can't change them to anything else. Other icons on the desktop are unchanged. The program icons in the start menu also changed. All the icons work normally. I have thoroughly searched for solutions without success. I have successfully deleted the IconCache.db file multiple times and in multiple ways without benefit. There is no change with icon size change or with desktop color change. The problem still exists when I start in Safe Mode. No change when running last good configuration or system repair. This is a Dell laptop with all Vista updates. My guess is some little corruption in the registry. If anyone has more ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them. I'm not looking forward to reinstalling everything.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:06 AM   #2
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Re: White Icons on Desktop and Start Menu

You could try this, I just searched Window 7 white icons in google!

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Old 07-30-2010, 01:26 PM   #3
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Re: White Icons on Desktop and Start Menu

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Old 07-31-2010, 01:58 PM   #4
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Re: White Icons on Desktop and Start Menu

Thanks everyone, especially JBNimble. I found the problem. I had installed a Microsoft update to work around a potential USB exploit. That update borked my registry, particularly with respect to a couple of extension associations. Fortunately, M$ issued a workaround for the workaround; an unfix, dis-fix, antifix, fix-the-fix, if you will.
For those few who might be interested:
Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Windows Shell could allow remote code execution

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Old 08-04-2013, 05:18 AM   #5
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Re: White Icons on Desktop and Start Menu

Thanks a lot.I have doubt the icon color is to be changed in different operating system.The problem happen in OS or system.
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