Icons Blacked Out

kemical

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#21
What application are you using to customize the date/time and your icons look different, are you using some kind of customization software and if so try uninstalling it.
Nice spot Neemobeer, I was thinking along the same lines. Whenever I tried using GUI changing apps it also seemed to break something so I quickly learnt they best left well alone. We'll see I guess depending on the op posts.. :)
 


Cheemag

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#22
Hi Cheemag,

have you installed anything new recently?

New anti virus application maybe?

Have you made any changes to Windows 7 itself (recently)?

Check on how corrupted your system is by running the system file checker:

Look in the start menu for command prompt, right click on it, choose properties followed by run as admin. Type:
sfc /scannow
Press enter and await results.
This is a new machine I was preparing to replace this one. Everything is new to it and most applications are common to both.both !

The machine it's replacing has a similar problem except that the black icons go away on their own accord after 30 seconds or so.

I'm using Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 on both machines.

I've run sfc /scannow from an admin prompt and got this:

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired
them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log

That log's too long to post here, but sfc corrected at least two corrupt files as far as I can see, one was apparently a wallpaper file, which may or may not be relevant.

Regards

Cheemag
 


Cheemag

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#23
What application are you using to customize the date/time and your icons look different, are you using some kind of customization software and if so try uninstalling it.
Date and time? "WebTime" used more or less occasionally to check that I have the Net.

Look different? You can say that again, they're all black!

Regards
Cheemag
 


kemical

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#24
I think Neemobeer is referring to this cheemag:
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Apps that change the os like these can mess with other system functions.
 


Cheemag

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#25
What application are you using to customize the date/time and your icons look different, are you using some kind of customization software and if so try uninstalling it.
I've been using that Desktop Clock for decades under a few OSs, has never caused any problems.

Cheemag
 


Cheemag

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#26
I think Neemobeer is referring to this cheemag:
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Apps that change the os like these can mess with other system functions.
As I said, I've been using that clock for a very long time without any problems.

Regards

Cheemag
 


kemical

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#27
As I said, I've been using that clock for a very long time without any problems.
You did? Oops sorry about that.

Hmm is there anything else which you use to change how the system looks?

Other than that have you tried either removing or disabling Kaspersky?

As the icons eventually reappear check see what's starting up with Windows using Task manager.
 


Cheemag

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#28
What application are you using to customize the date/time and your icons look different, are you using some kind of customization software and if so try uninstalling it.
Following a disasterous OS failure after doing a disc cleanup from which I could not recover, I re-installed the OS and am now proceeding to bring it up to date. The icons problem has gone away, at least for the moment.

Which leaves me with a truly massive update problem !!

Regards,

Cheemag
 


Cheemag

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#29
You did? Oops sorry about that.

Hmm is there anything else which you use to change how the system looks?

Other than that have you tried either removing or disabling Kaspersky?

As the icons eventually reappear check see what's starting up with Windows using Task manager.
I'd tried to make that machine replace this one by duplicating most of what's on this one, mainly by re-downloading applications where possible.

I didn't try disabling Kaspersky, but it might be worth asking them if they've encountered this problem before.

However, as I've re-installed the OS, unless and until the problem reappears, the cause will remain unknown.

I noted that although the batch file I used (above) is supposed to have rebuilt the icon cache (and did indeed bring back the real icons, at the end there was no IconCache.db file in /Local then or later.

As the icons were correctly displayed, I wonder from where the system actually obtained them - they must have been available somewhere else other than in IconCache.db !

Regards,

Cheemag
 


kemical

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#30
The icons problem has gone away, at least for the moment.
Oh well that's at least something.. :)
 


#31
-- Try Deleting the IconCache.db file lives in C:\Users\Usename\AppData\Local (First go to folder option and view hidden files and folders )

-- Restoring the iconcache.db to previous versions

-- Icon Cache Rebuilder
 


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William B

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#32
Change the desktop theme to classic, and then change it back to Windows 7 default.
 


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