My 'my computer' icon is missing and greyed out too!

#1
I install Windows 7 build 7100 and for a few days everything was fine. Then, out of the blue, the "my computer" icon went missing.

Also, when I right click on the desktop and select "personalize" > "change desktop icons" My computer is there but greyed out and non-selectable.

Any ideas?

I'd like to avoid a clean install if possible.
 


#3
I tried the link, but no luck. :-( I also tried as many variations and combination sI could think of using the (linked) recommended advice and still no my computer icon. Any other ideas? Thanks for trying kemical.....
 


RAK

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#5
OK. I have resisted the temptation, but now I have to ask. I am sure there is a good answer.

I have seen quite a few references to Windows 7 "My Computer" (There are two posts just today!).
I have never had "My Computer" in Windows 7, only "Computer". So from where are you people getting this?
 


kemical

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#6
Hi RAK, I think thats what they mean anyway, it's just that 'My Computer' is lodged in everyones memory... but yes your right it is actually just 'computer'.
 


RAK

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#7
Thank god. Another windows 7 bug solved - lol.
 


kemical

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#8
lol....the vageries of the english language......
 


#9
Fixed it!!!

FIXED IT.....(my) "computer" icon now back on my desktop!!!!!

I'm not really sure what I did, but I can retrace my steps here.

1. Tried the link that kemical forwarded me How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows Vista and Windows 7 - The Winhelponline Blog

in various ways (spaces, no spaces, etc. in DOS prompt) Nothing.

2. Then I tried the other link that kemical (aka life saver) sent My Computer Desktop Icon Restricted (Greyed) - Display Properties - Windows Live

But I only tried the part that said Automated Fix Using an Registration File


since I couldn't figure out how to use the other options (maybe you can't in Win 7). I then noticed this little note which stated: NOTE: Ensure your computer is malware free before applying the following solutions.

So, I did a full scan with Avast! and nothing was found. Then I tried SpyBot and it found a few things which I had it remove. After that, I saw that the computer icon under "personalize" > "change desktop icons" was no longer greyed out.....BUT I still didn't have a computer icon on the desktop no matter how many times I clicked to put it on the desktop. I'd click it on and go out of the window. Nothing. I clicked it off and went out. Nothing.

So, I clicked it OFF and restarted my tower (which it froze). But, I restarted again and still no icon. Then I clicked "personalize" > "change desktop icons" and clicked the computer icon to show and BAM! there it was.

Hope that helps and THANKS KEMICAL....
 


#10
Forgot one thing....

....in "personalize" I clicked OFF "allow themes to change desktop icons." I did this when the "computer" icon was no longer greyed out.
 


kemical

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#11
Excellent! Thats great news...:) Thanks for updating your thread.. :)
 


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