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Q: taskbar icons

has anyone found a way to change the icons of apps that have been pinned to the start menu other than reshacking the exe?

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A: taskbar icons

Hello Garbanzo,

You could create a shortcut of the exe file, then change the icon of the shortcut and pin that shortcut to the Start Menu.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Anyone knows what this means? I'm using an ASUS X54C notebook with Windows 7 btw.
 

A:FN key icons are different

Possibly you made changes to, say, themes or other user experience categories ? It's sometimes fun to change something about the user interface, but in Win 7 especially, all sorts of things are inter-related. And that's before we take into account changes to driver software, and MS system updates.

Using function keys to control volume I presume must be a special portable feature, and must therefore be part of the portable's driver set. Any replacement of the hardware drivers will affect that, and that would include Win 7 having the arrogance to replace the keyboard driver without reference to you.

So good luck with that. I'd suggest you reset the user interface to default, but maybe you won't know what that is anyway.......and neither would I
 

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My thanks in advance for your help.

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A:Folder icons changed to shortcuts

The files have been corrupted, so I don't think they will be recoverable. Always use SD flash drives for temporary storage, and back up important files also on a DVD or on a second standard hard drive
 

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A:Laptop goes blank no taskbar no icons

Where we see this most frequently is in peculiar hard drive failures...
Did it work normally when you rebooted in <SAFE MODE>?
In <SAFE MODE> you should be able to remove AV, then see if it will boot normally, then defragment, and scan your system with a variety of antispyware and antivirus downloads.
You can always reinstall AV later.
 

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A:Desktop icons won't work..

what you installed was a spyware, always check online whether a software u are installing is really something useful or is it a spyware
 

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A:Persistant internet problems – internet icons, dwindling speed, connection

Try doing this procedure and see what you come up with.
Also, please tell us what type of computer you have, specifications, etc.
http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic58138.html
 

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A:Where are my icons?

This is a quote from my last reply to you. Note you didn't reply to me after that
Hear back from you in 4 months ok




kimsland said:





scarecrow1 as you have posted here a few times with different issues. It may be best for you to put your System Specs information in your ProfileClick to expand...

Here's another famous quote, but this time by you




scarecrow1 said:





oh i forgot to tell you that the xp version is pirated and i have no discs.Click to expand...

Do you have a legit version of Windows now? Including the setup disc?
 

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A:Icons, etc, take forever to load

Uninstall or otherwise remove the service pack.
Reboot.
Defragment the drive.
Reboot.
Use RegEdit by Juoni Viourno to clean up the drive and get rid of any suspect registry lines. (Find on MajorGeeks.com).
Reinstall Service Pack 3 once more, watching carefully to assure that everthing was installed, and the Service Pack was fully installed. As you probably know, with your experience, this darned thing can take forever... Sometimes it is still running processes and install bits, when you think it has finished.
Regardless of whether you are sure you did it right the first time, shut down, then do a cold boot.
Reinstall Service Pack 3 and give it up to an hour to finish.
Good luck. Let us know if this works. It worked for me.
 

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A:Quick Question about page size, icons, etc

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A:Program Icons have gone generic

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Can nobody help me
 

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A:Wireless icon in taskbar has disappeared

Hi

Chances are windows is managing the wireless and as such the icon wont be shown (they are usually shown if the wireless's own software is managing the connection.) i wouldnt worry as there is no need to do anything with it as long as the wifi is working
 

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A:No icons appear

I tried going to Safe Mode but I can't because my XP isn't "fully activated".Click to expand...

Safe mode, normally works, even if you haven't activated

In Normal mode, if you press CTRL + ALT + DEL keys on the keyboard do you see Task Manager?

If, Yes. Then click on File->Run->Explorer.exe->ok

Do the icons now show?

If, Yes. then download this tool: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/XP_FixLogon.zip
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A:How to mod desktop icons

link590o said:



I was effin around with stuff, and I found out I could change a few desktop icons based off of what was saved in my system32\shell32.dll files.

I was wondering if there was a way to get/make/download icons and replace certain desktop icons.

For instance, I found a Portal logo, and I wanted to change Mozilla's icon to that icon. But it claims that there are no Icon files in it.

What can I do to sorta...force my way?Click to expand...

hm

right click on the shortcut>properties>change icon. if you didn't know

and there are many programs around the internet that will change a regular image into a .ico icon file.

i'm too lazy for making icons though... so i just changed everything to firefox's icon haha.. then back because it got difficult...
 

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A:Freeze,alt control delete doesn't work, lose all icons

Yes I think this is a hard drive issue too. Check to see how much space you have left on it. Go to My computer and right-click on the C drive icon. Click Properties... Also, you might consider checking the hard drive with a utility like Seatools from Seagate. IBM notebook drives are noted for their high failure rates...

Back up your important data please, ASAP

Good luck
 

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A:Icons In Network Dial-up connections

It should look like this.


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A:graphics lettrs icons etc are really big & chunky like on me old vic 20.

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A:Taskbar Problems

I'm not sure if this will work or not, but anyway, here it is. Open task manager and end the process explorer (I'm not sure how you do it in Win98). then open explorer.exe from task manager. See if this clears it up, or if it's something else. Have you tried restarting?
 

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A:Black Marks/Dashes in Windows XP Icons/Display Boxes

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A:Blurry Icons and Pictures

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Take a look at this post HERE, then please update your profile.

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A:missing hard drive icons

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A:'icons' not displaying xp

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A:Taskbar mysteriously disappeared

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A:Open browser disappears from taskbar

learninmypc said:





I'm talking about the bar that has the Start button at the far left & notification area & clock at the other?

If in fact it is the Taskbar, how do I keep my active browsers visible in it?
I'm tired of having to use the Alt/Tab keys to bring them back. Yes, I did right click the "taskbar" & put a check mark in Lock The Taskbar, but it don't help all the time. Help please & Thanks.Click to expand...

This is how it sometimes looks with browser open

 

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A:Iconned out of icons

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A:Corrupt Files (no start menu/desktop icons)

Brand, model, age, and configuration of the computer.
Was the parting with your g/f amicable, or could she possibly have created a goodbye you will remember?
 

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A:PC noisy on startup, no icons on desktop

"i get like a mad grinding noise"...

This could be from a fan, or the hard drive itself. Open the case and inspect all fans. Make sure that the inside is clean and free of massive dust
 

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Thanks!
 

A:Locking Desktop Icons

Right click on the desktop. When the menu appears. Click on view. Scroll down to auto arrange Icons. This will not let them move the Icons. If they try it will put the Icon back where it came from. Hope this helps you out with your problem.
 

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The failing power supply corrupted the hard drive's Windows installation. It would be best to format and install Windows fresh
 

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A:Desktop Icons

Does right clicking on the icon, general tab, created, modified and accessed dates and time show??
 

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Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from here. Install it. Make sure it is up to date with the latest definitions (it should be if you install it immediately after you download it). Run a full scan overnight. If no results come up, you may have to run a disk clean up and defragmentation. Download and run CCleaner. After that cleanup is complete, run a defragmentation using these directions: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/.../all/proddocs/en-us/snap_defrag.mspx?mfr=true

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Check out StartUp




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If you don't use them, you can always remove them from your taskbar.

Start Menu
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Ok, I found these directions, will they work on W7 ?
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It is a regular problem. Some windows files are deleted/corrupted. Try the options below:

Use system restore and restore to a previous dated restore point(which worked without the problem you specified)
If that didn't work, try the Avira AntiVir Removal Tool from Here
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patio.
 

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A:My folder icons have changed

Run the Error Check:

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Disable icon refresh: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/disablerefresh.reg
Re-Enable icon refresh (if you want it back): http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/enableiconrefresh.reg
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Follow the New Preliminary Removal Instructions
 

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A:Win XP systray icons cut out can dialer and Vundo virus

Please over over to the Security Forum. Read and follow this. Post the requested logs:

New malware cleaning instructions from TechSpot:

http://www.techspot.com/vb/post645589-1.html
 

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In any folder If you go Tools > Folder Options and in the default 'General' tab under the 'Browse folders'section if you make sure 'Open each folder in the same window' is selected rather than 'Open each folder in its own window'.

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A:Cannot click items in taskbar

Check into spoof or malware. Your desktop background could be a snapshot of an old desktop. Attempt to open a few seldom used programs. It the taskbar icon matches, then I am wrong about the malware.

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A:XP home starts to desktop with no icons or taskbar

I attempted windows repair from cd twice with no success, ran chkdsk from recovery console with no errors.Click to expand...

What kind of Windows repair did you try? From the recovery console or Windows install setup?
 

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A:Laptop freezes without warning/taskbar doesn't work

What antivirus and antimalware programs are you using?
 

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A:XP desktop icons won't stay put

Right click on the Desktop> Arrange icons by> UNCHECK 'Auto Arrange'> CHECK 'align to grid'> CHECK 'show icons'> CHECK 'Show Desktop items'> CHECK 'Lock Web items'.
 

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OK. First thing always to check: do you have a firewall, virus and malware protection?

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A:Scrambled icons

PUZZLE!

*does the puzzles*

Google " repair icons in XP" or get TweakUi for XP and repair icons from there.
 

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have you got an antivirus software installed, if you have run it
 

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A:a blank minimized window on taskbar??

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A:No taskbar, internet only in safe mode

it sounds like your still infected with viruses and spyware click on the link below and post back say if you want to remove the infections or reinstall windows so that we can help.

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A:Start bar + desktop icons gone, unable to click anything

There could be a lot of things possibly doing this.

what have you installed recently?

Has windows done automatic updates?

Grassy field suggests its windows xp. Can you boot into safe mode?

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A:Missing Taskbar and Reformat Crash

Out of interest, when you're starting the reload are you running it from windows, or letting the CD boot with the system?

One option would be to use some third party software, such as an Ultimate Boot CD (www.ultimatebootcd.com/) to format the hdd, then attempt to reload windows.
 

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A:Can't change icons in xp back 2 original

hmmm.

Have you tried installing the file from your xp cd? You could also try the windows repair tool.
 

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A:moving icons

Right click your desktop and select Arrange Icons By. Untick the Auto Arrange entry. You should now be able to place the icons where you like.

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Those are network files and folders. You're also using VISTA.
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Try this: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/accessibility/taskbarontop.mspx
 

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A:Missing all user icons at logon screen!

Sony VAIO. Typical problem. You need to call their tech support if still under warranty. If out of warranty, reinstall the 8 disc recovery set.
It may be a spyware, trojan, or virus problem, but that is not helpful if you cannot boot up to fix it.
The Sony VAIO does not allow a Windows XP repair... only recovery or restore of the original install set... so you may be forced to reformat and reinstall.
 

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A:icons lost translucancy, windows doesn't auto refresh

For the translucency, go to Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Performance Settings>Check "Use Drop Shadows on Desktop Icons".

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