Desktop icons covered by black box.

By estephen4 ·
My desktop icons are now 80% covered by a black box. This started a few days ago. Doesn't hurt the functionality. Just a pain. Have looked everywhere I can think of for a solution. Any ideas? Using Win7 Professional.

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Delete icon cache (it will refresh afterward)..

by cmatthews In reply to Desktop icons covered by ... explorer. goto:
c:\documents and settings\your-username\local settings\application data
and shift-delete the iconcache.db file

Of course you could always use TweakUI as well.

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C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\* ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Delete icon cache (it wil ...

Is the appropriate filepath for Windows 7.

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Caught that eh? Thanks!

by cmatthews In reply to C:\Users\Username\AppData ...

Dang! (should have renamed it 'home' so Linus could finally make some money in court..)

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Icon Cache

by estephen4 In reply to Delete icon cache (it wil ...

For some reason, it won't let me access the application data file. I am the administrator of the computer. It's my own personal one. Says access is denied.

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Well, even a Limited User can access that file so ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Icon Cache

There is something rather odd happening to your system.

Are you getting access denied even when you just try to delete it?

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Is this access control?

by santeewelding In reply to Icon Cache

The fine folks here cured me: right-click and bring up "run as administrator", even though you are administrator.

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Time for Bart's boot or a Linux live CD..

by cmatthews In reply to Icon Cache one time, I never thought I'd say that.

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if all the above don't work...

by NexS In reply to Desktop icons covered by ...

I'm not sure exactly what the Windows 7 relation is, but in XP it is as follows (if someone could translate into Win7, that'd be great):

-Display properties >> Desktop Tab >> Customize Desktop
-Check to see if there are any strange additions to the regular desktop icons.
-Select Web Tab and make sure there's nothing selected there.

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