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Large icons after windows update

Q: Large icons after windows update

I have Windows 7 64bit. After installing the latest updates from Windows update, all my icons on my desktop are HUGE. The ones on the start menu are normal and all text is normal. The resolution is set at 1600x900 (highest) and the display setting is on smallest (100%). How do I fix this?

A: Large icons after windows update

How To Resize Desktop Icons In Windows 7

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When viewing large and extra large photo previews, the jpeg thumbnails will not load. Is this a 64 bit issue?

Any Ideas?

A:Large, Extra Large Icons won't load

I can tell you it's not a 64 bit issue as I do not have this problem.
Beyond that, I'll have to defer to another with more expertise in this matter.

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If you extract the icons from imageres.dll or shell32.dll then the maximum icon size is about 64x64 and 32x32 for most icons. I am trying to extract the largest icons, where can I get them. or am I just doing it wrong?

A:Where are the Extra-Large and Large Icons stored

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First post here on the SevenForums! I'm only saving the tough ones for you guys! Here's the problem:

My client's computer was infected with a virus obtained via Facebook. I removed this and multiple other infections (and I'm pretty thorough with my scanning). She gets it back, starts working on it, and apparently her devices and printers icons are blank. Not missing, like with a "blank page" icon, just... blank. Here's the kicker: it only happens with large and extra large icons. It also happens with normal folder icons. When I change it to medium or lower, they come back. I've tried rebuilding the icon cache database several times, tried sfc /scannow, tried chkdsk, tried uninstalling any recent updates, etc... There have been no hardware changes, the hard drive has been tested as good (no bad sectors), her dual monitors are at a sane resolution, and I'm confident that the viruses has been removed. Trust me -- I've tried all the obvious stuff I can think of. Thanks and Good luck!

Edit: Also, I did about 30 minutes of searching through previous threads. Couldn't find a thing, but I could have missed it...

A:Large & extra large icons blank

Quote: Originally Posted by Xileos

First post here on the SevenForums! I'm only saving the tough ones for you guys! Here's the problem:

My client's computer was infected with a virus obtained via Facebook. I removed this and multiple other infections (and I'm pretty thorough with my scanning). She gets it back, starts working on it, and apparently her devices and printers icons are blank. Not missing, like with a "blank page" icon, just... blank. Here's the kicker: it only happens with large and extra large icons. It also happens with normal folder icons. When I change it to medium or lower, they come back. I've tried rebuilding the icon cache database several times, tried sfc /scannow, tried chkdsk, tried uninstalling any recent updates, etc... There have been no hardware changes, the hard drive has been tested as good (no bad sectors), her dual monitors are at a sane resolution, and I'm confident that the viruses has been removed. Trust me -- I've tried all the obvious stuff I can think of. Thanks and Good luck!

Edit: Also, I did about 30 minutes of searching through previous threads. Couldn't find a thing, but I could have missed it...

Well you probably pulled some icon cache files off that were infected but also had the L and XL icons. If sfc didnt work you could try a repair install. It will re-install only the files with different hash marks.

Make a backup and restore point first just in case

Ke... Read more

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Hello there,

Yes; i am using ClassicShell, BUT i use the default Windows 8.1 Start button (cause i like the way it looks).

Thing is, when i change my taskbar icons to small, the size of the Start button is also scaled down. This looks out of place / ugly on the taskbar imo.

Does anyone here know if it is possible to use the original size and original Start button when small taskbar icons are used?

This is how it looks now:

A:Large Windows Start button when small taskbar icons used?

Hi there. Don't know how to reduce the size, but here's a little program that one of the members named hb860 created to eliminate it from the taskbar. I've used it for quite some time and works great. Hope this helps you.

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I've seen multiple posts here and other forums and I have tried all of the steps provided in those posts but it is not resolving my issue. I have the exact same issue as the user in THIS THREAD. I have tried the icon database rebuild (both manually and using the bat file HERE), I have tried ie4uinit.exe - ClearIconCache from command prompt, I have tried Disk Cleanup and checked the box to delete icon cache and I have tried different cache size amounts using the steps HERE. I've tried these all from normal boot and safe mode. I don't know what else to do. The icons that have the problem keep changing every time I restart the PC. I can change them to another icon, rename the icon the shortcut had previously been using and reapply that icon and it shows normal at that time but as soon as I restart the PC, icons change to the smaller size on random shortcuts again. What other steps are there?

Thanks in advance.

A:Multiple icons showing in smallest size when using Extra Large Icons

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Have you tried the batch file in this tutorial:
Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default
It resets the area of the registry that stores some desktop icon info.
warning: read the note about desktoprestore.

You might also want to try combining the batch file for icon cache rebuild with this one... only kill/restart explorer once at the end.

Does this problem happen if you create (& log onto) a new (test) user account?

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I have two icons that I want to assign to two folders. Unfortunately, something has gone wrong. Let me explain what happened step by step:

1. I have two folders: "A" and "B".
2. I have two icons (.ico files): "A" and "B".
3. I place icon "A" in folder "A" and icon "B" in folder "B".
4. I assign icon "A" to folder "A" and icon "B" to folder "B".
5. I notice that I've switched the icons around.
6. I move icon "A" to folder "B" and icon "B" to folder "A".
7. I rename icon "A" to "B" and icon "B" to "A".
8. I assign icon "A" to folder "A" and icon "B" to folder "B".
9. I notice that I still get to see the switched-around icons that I assigned in step 4 in the large and extra large icon views. In the smaller views the folder icons are now correct.

Here's what I did to try solve this problem:

- Follow two tutorials: Icon Cache - Rebuild and Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8 (for .ico files).
- Remove the icon cache using the Disk Cleanup utility.
- Run "sfc /scannow" and "chkdsk /f /r".
- Run CCleaner to cleanup the registry and manually remove some registry keys that I pinpointed by looking for the registry keys that change when I assign an icon to a folder.
- Restart the computer and the "explorer.exe&... Read more

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Hello! Yes, I'm a newbie and a numpty. This place looks wonderful! I hope you can help me.

Here's what happened: I reinstalled Windows for my sister, who is visually impaired. I just installed Windows XP Pro. Just finished it, and then handed it over to her, to customize her settings. Since she has bad vision, she usually lowers the resolution down to 800x600 and has the font size and title bar sizes larger. Well as soon as I left her alone with her computer, she messed up the windows or icon settings so bad, so everything is HUGE. Everything is so huge, that (what should be) small menus now fill the whole screen. We can't get to the part of the preferences window to change the resolution to something higher, and we can't get to anywhere (that we know of) to change anything back to something resembling normal. Basically, we can't do anything anymore.

I know I can reinstall Windows XP all over again, but since I JUST DID THAT I'd like to avoid having to do it all over again. Is there some way to reset the preferences, without having to reinstall the whole operating system for something so seemingly idiotic? Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

A:All icons/windows too large, cannot reset or change preferences to smaller size

get into "safe mode" hold F8 key down soon as pc starts to reboot highlight top menu when the safe mode window opens tap enter once in safe mode boot up, you should be able to access the resolution settings and reset the one you require..

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Whenever I view a folder which contains .MP4 (H264) video files in large icon view (shows thumbnails), Windows 7's Explorer crashes. Explorer loads for a few seconds, the green progress bar shows up, and then boom!, Explorer crashes. The thumbnails are not shown before crashing. Does anyone know how to fix this?

I tried setting Folder options to 'Always show icons, never thumbnails' (disables thumbnails) on the same folder with MP4 (H264) video files and Explorer doesn't crash if the MP4 thumbnails aren't shown. I tried testing in other folders containing other video formats (with 'Always show icons, never thumbnails' set to off) like .AVI/Xvid, without an MP4/H264 file, and Windows Explorer shows the thumbnails fine without crashing.

I have not currently experienced problems with other formats, only MP4/H264. The only media players that I have installed are KMPlayer and VLC Media Player which both do not install external codecs, AFAIK. The only external codec I have installed is CoreAVC, but I have been using CoreAVC for months (KMPlayer+CoreAVC is one of the first things I installed in Windows 7) without any problems (this issue just arose a few days ago).

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit.

Note: I prefer a solution that will not end up disabling video thumbnails for MP4 files. I still would like to see MP4 video thumbnails, if possible. If the video files themselves are problematic, I reckon Explorer should not crash and just not show the thumbnails.

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A:Windows Explorer crashes with MP4 files in Large Icons(thumbnails)view

Try reinstalling your KMPlayer and VLC player.

After that do system file checker:
Right click Command Prompt → run as admin → sfc /scannow

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Hi everyone,

Im new here and just stumbled on this site, and Im glad I did.

I had a virus, and am pretty sure it is gone. I have done alot of scanning with malwarebytes, nod32, etc. all in safe mode. And I think it is all gone.

Anyways I did a PC recovery (F10 while pc is starting up) and when I do this of course it wipes out all the windows updates that have been loaded up over the years. So there are 99 updates to reload up. When I load them all up at once I have no internet access and I get messages that pop up on restart as in blah blah blah C:/windows/ could not be loaded. Also C:/ programfiles/disc/discover.exe cant be loaded either. Before I load all the updates, the pc works fine.

Any solutions out there? Am I just loading too many updates at once on the pc?

My pc is compaq with amd athalon 64 processor 3500+ 991 MHz with 2GB RAM

Thanks in advance for the help

A:No internet after large windows update

Try System Restore to a point prior to all the updates.

Running SP3 standalone will decrease the number of updates you will need.

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This morning, Aug 21 sunday, windows 10 did a very large update.  Now after my laptop has been on for 20 minutes, or so......the screen just goes blank (or very dark blue).  Nothing brings it back.  I have to do a hard shutdown....hold in the power button until it goes off, and then start it back up. Was there something in this update that has caused the problem??  It ran fine before the update. thanks......Pete

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You can read about it here and view its exhaustive list of updates.


A:Large Cumulative Update Released For Windows 10

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Hello all,

Installed a new motherboard and everything went well with that untill I start updating windows. Windows downlaods all the updates then does a restart and on the restart I get the blue screen of death. Please help. Many Thanks in advance.

A:Fresh Install - Large Windows Update Crash

Hello powerade,

► This is one, VIRTU LucidInterop WDDM Driver by LucidLogix

fffff880`04a12090 fffff880`03fd6900Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\VirtuWDDM.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for VirtuWDDM.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for VirtuWDDM.sys
Try to upload the driver from lucidlogix with GPU Solution.

► Intel HD Graphics Driver

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck A, {fffffa7fffffffe0, 2, 1, fffff8000316c99c}

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\igdkmd64.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for igdkmd64.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for igdkmd64.sys
Probably caused by : igdkmd64.sys ( igdkmd64+a376f )

Followup: MachineOwner
Update it from

Do the changes and let us know.

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So I'm trying to add an incon for my folder but all the icons seem to be from XP and small (in the default folder %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll). Tryed to google the location of large icons but all it gives me is links for downloading new icon packs... no thanks.
Please help. Thank you!

A:Where are the large icons?

Hi karelo

The icons in the shell32.dll contain all the sizes from 16x16 to 256x256.You can use the device images scroll bar to see the different sizes available as below.

You can use this- Download IconViewer to open the .dll files to view the icon sizes.

Hope this helps


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I just installed windows xp on my IBM desktop. Everything is huge. I have to move the bottom & top bar to see everything. How do I make everything smaller?

A:large screen & icons

Hello mickey72,

You will need to install your device drivers (chipset,graphics,audio,etc) .

You may have a disc that contains the Drivers or you can download them from the

manufacturer's website.

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i've got a bunch of nifty icons that are sized 128pixels and if i set windows to use them they also change on the start menu and in varius others of explorer. do you all know if it is possible to change the desktop, and only the desktop's, icons to 128 without effecting the other icons?

A:is it possible to use large icons only on the desktop?

Right click on the desktop, choose properties... Under the appearance tab choose advanced click on the item combo box and select icon then you can change its size in pixels on the drop-down to the right.

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Hi, having installed xp again I see the icons on the desktop are bigger than they used to be and the start bar seems about 1/3 or so deeper than before.

Also, some web pages don't all fit on the page as they did before, some only display 2/3 across the page instead of being able to read them right across. Is there some change I can make in windows to fix this. Thanks for reading and in advance for any help offered.

A:Solved: large icons etc

Right click on the desktop > Properties > Settings.
If you can't change the display options there to produce the result you want, have you installed the drivers for your graphics adapter?

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Not sure what has hapened but all of my fonts icons toolbar headers are all really large. Wether online or not.

I have tried adjusting properties but think i am doing something wrong.

A:Large Fonts and Icons

Open your Display Properties by right-clicking on the desktop > Properties.

Under the Appearance tab you'll be able to change your font's size. Under Advanced, you'll have a scroll down menu to adjust all the other settings like icons, toolbars, etc.

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After installing Vista the desktop icons are quite large, my resolution is set to the recommended setting with is the 1280 one and its the max it goes anyway but the icons still look largeand everything else looks ok.

Anyway help or suggestions will be much appreciated.

A:Desktop Icons: They Are Quite Large

Yes, Izzy -

Right click anywhere on the blank desktop and look closely at the menu.

One of the choices lets you change the size of the shortcut images.

Sorry, I'm not at my Vista system right now, so I can't recall the exact wording,

but I'm sure you'll see it.

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I'm not sure if this is the correct section, it seemed like the only one which was relevant to my problem.

In Vista I used to be able to view a folders contents and arrange the files by date modified or name etc by clicking on the field on the title bar (I think it's called title bar). Now in Windows 7 when viewing large icons the title bar is missing and I have to right click in the folder and then choose 'sort by', then select what I wish to sort by. This takes a lot longer than having the title bar there. Is there a way to get the title bar back when viewing by large icons.


A:How do I get the title bar when using large icons

The snipping tool is a wonderful thing. Attaching a picture of what you mean is very helpful.. You can attach a file by using the paper clip after making Snipping tool copy.

For now all I might suggest is to adjust the view settings, or use the Organize option to go to folder options which are both in the "Title Bar" or close anyway

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I have downloaded some programs lately that when I open them they make the icons and the desktop so large I cant even get to the start button. Do you know what causes this and how do I make it stop . After the program is closed the icons go back to there propper size. I am running Windows Vista. Thanks .

A:Large Icons 0n desktop

What programs?
It sounds as though your resolution settings are being changed, and I've seen this happen with some older games.

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I don't understand why it is when I create an internet shortcut on a Windows 7 desktop, most of the icons are "miniature", where as some of them are full size on the desktop. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to which shortcut will be small and which will be full size.

Please see the attached screenshot. The site "Brass Goggles" is full size and "seven forums" is miniature.

On XP, these same sites were all full size. I have no idea what is causing this erratic behavior. Any ideas?


PS Is this the correct place to address this questions? (This is my first post here).

A:Small and Large Desktop Icons - Why?

Quote: Originally Posted by bob3d

...Please see the attached screenshot. The site "Brass Goggles" is full size and "seven forums" is miniature...

They look the same size to me.

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where they used to be jpg or tif, for example, they now show a small thumbnail view of what the icon represented. also, i can't find my recycle bin. ?
thanks for your help, boyd.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II P340 Dual-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2810 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 288256 MB, Free - 53880 MB; D: Total - 16683 MB, Free - 2407 MB; F: Total - 99 MB, Free - 89 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 1444
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

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Is there a software or upgrade to be able to view extra large icons/thumbnails like we can in Vista into XP?

Please advise

A:Extra Large Icons in Vista - Can We Have it in XP?


I also wanted larger icons. You can do it in XP ( I have Pro and Service Pack 3 but don't think that makes a difference..).

Go to Control Panel ( Ensure you are in Category View as opposed to Classic View in the Left Hand Pane) >Accessibility Options>Configure Windows to Work for your vision, hearing and mobility needs..

A Wizard will open for you to configure all sorts of things including Icon Size, text size, scroll bar size, cursor size, etc.

Hope this helps

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I use Windows XP. I need to start up in safe mode to try to solve a computer problem. Whenever I start up in safe mode the Icons are so large that when I click on the program I need to use the screen is so large I can not see the bottom of the screen to click to the next page. Is there a way for me to reduce the icon size. I tried to make the change in Display but nothing happened. Help.


A:When In The Safe Mode The Icons Are Very Large

change your resolution settings. right click desktop. hit properties. then when the screen comes up go to the settings tab. then you will see a slider bar with your current resolution slide it to the right to increase the resolution and get the icons smaller

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Anyone know a way to reduces the space between the extra large icons or other sizes? Without changing the icon size, I remember in 2000 it was easy to do but all icons were the same size.

A:Space between the extra large icons

Hi SosRandom,

There is really no true way to change the spacing. The only workaround that I know of is to manually change the window size some to change the space inbetween the icons some.

Hope this helps,

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I've been using the registry tweak found below in IE 10 to get Large Icons but this doesn't work anymore and from what I read it's because IE 11 is designed for Windows 8. Does anyone know a registry tweak to make this work in Windows 7.


Internet Explorer - Use Small or Large Icons

A:IE 11 Use large icons no longer works

Yes I have Always been using that tweak myself too. And it did work in Windows 8 also. But since I upgraded to Windows 8.1 and got Internet Explorer 11, it ain't working anymore.

Edit: Funny enough; if you enlarge the system to 125% then do apear so they are somewhere in the system. But now a way to enable them in normal 100% view.

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We recently purchased a 22" widescreen Samsung EX2220 LCD monitor. Unfortunately the icons and labels on thedesktop and the teston the toolbars, taskbars, drop down menus are too small. I've changed the setting several times (Control Panel -display-Appearance-"Font Size" and all the "advanced" settings.) By doing this the fonts and text gets larger. However, every time we re-boot, all the settings go back to the way they were - small.
Does anyone know how to keep they large after a reboot?
Any help would be appreciated.

A:Can't keep Icons and font size large
do that first, will help anyhow

your issue may be because your graphics can not handle the resolution you are wanting, check your graphics card/motherboard spec with manufacturer to see what max resolution is

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My daughter's laptop has extra large icons that I cannot get rid of. Also, when she goes to a website, that too is also very large and will not fit on the screen. I have tried to right click and adjust the icons but that does not get them back to normal. I have checked the dpi and that is as small as can be adjusted, Any help with this will be appreciated!!

A:Solved: Cannot get rid of extra large icons

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Sorry folks, if this is the wrong place to post. Visual studio is not exactly an office product, so I am posting here for lack of a better category.

I installed 2010 and was surprised to see the tiny icons in the toolbar. So that those of you not familiar with the problem understand, the toolbar icons in Visual Studio 2010 are about half the size of the icons in the message tools on this forum.

Searching the web I see a number of complaints but no solutions. Microsoft rep's just "thank us" for our concern. Might anyone know how if there is a fix or a hack to get some resonably sized (twice as big at least) icons for the toolbar?


A:Large Icons for Visual Studio?

Have you seen this?

Command Image Changing Extension - The Visual Studio Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

A Guy

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as i have chosen 150 % size , i cannot reach anymore the lowest part for configuration settings

so i cannot change it back

i am a first user for w8

how can i solve it ?

A:large icons cannot reach configuration

Can you get to Custom sizes?

See here:

DPI Display Size Settings - Change - Windows 7 Forums

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l am trying to stop large icons coming up on my comp it takes 3 or 4 times on restarting my comp to get my icons to go
to normal size can any one tell me what causes this and how do l stop it from doing it

A:getting large icons when starting computor

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Hello, does anyone know if it's possible to have the file explorer columns visible with large icons/extra large icons? Like in Windows 7>


A:Is there a way to get explorer columns with large icons?

hello and welcome to eight forums .I cant see the top of you explorer window ,but it should look like mine ,and in view you choose icon size ,im using win8.1 enterprise ,but its there in win8.1 core and pro editions .

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First of all sorry if this is the wrong section but I'm new here. So I used to have large icons on my desktop and after the electricity went off my PC shut down. When I restarted it some of the large icons were displaying as normal. I tried restarting the PC again but nothing happened, I tried to view all the icons on small and medium then in large and nothing happened. I tried deleting the shortcuts and make them again and still nothing happened. How can I fix this? Here are some pics, sorry for low quality:

A:Large Icons are appearing as Medium

Try pressing 'Ctrl+scrolling with middle mouse button', this is modify the icons sizes

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When I start up my computer it has very large icons. I have shut down and restarted before and it would go back to normal size, but today I have tried this and nothing has changed. I need help.

A:large icons when starting computer

You are receiving assistance in the following thread, please do not double post

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Hi there,
I was just wondering is there anyway to edit the size of the icons more than the 'Extra large Icons' maybe a tool or some manual way ?

A:Bigger than 'Extra large Icons' ?

Hello MoeX,

Very good question and this has baffled me; i have done some research for you.

It appears that a icon's Value (size) are in pixels and range from 0x20 (32) to 0x100 (256) with the default being 0x60 (96).
(32) being the smallest, and (256) the "extra Large".

However Microsoft don't allow bigger then 256 Pixels (Extra Large). Bit of a bummer really.
There 3rd party applications available that allow you to view your photos in a bigger view, but not permanent thumbnails.

I'm sure there is a way to make them bigger if you had edited the registry, but i DO NOT recommend this, unless you are 100% sure what you are doing. and have a Back-up and Restore Point.


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I hope I can explain this properly.

In Windows 7 Professional x64, I have specified the size of icons appearing on my desktop (about half way between 'small' and 'medium'). This works very well and consistently.

However, when I move or copy a file to the desktop via right-click, or when I create a shortcut on the desktop via right-click, Windows creates a large size image of the file icon for me to drag and drop. Not only is the icon itself large, but it includes a substantial amount of space on all four sides of the icon. My file and folder icons in Windows Explorer are not even close to that size.

This causes a problem when I have several Windows open, because in that case I may be moving/copying/shortcut-ting to a relatively small area on my desktop, and the icon I am moving/copying/shortcut-ting doesn't fit into that small space because the icon, including the area around it, is so large. Consequently, Windows moves it to some other place on my desktop, where it finds enough space, and then I have to go looking for the icon.

This problem is particularly annoying when I have several files to move or copy, in which case Windows may scatter the moved/copied icons all over my desktop.

How can I reduce the size of the icon that appears for drag-and-drop, as well as the selected space around it?

A:Copy/Move Uses Large Icons

Quote: Originally Posted by Daddyman

This causes a problem when I have several Windows open, because in that case I may be moving/copying/shortcut-ting to a relatively small area on my desktop, and the icon I am moving/copying/shortcut-ting doesn't fit into that small space because the icon, including the area around it, is so large. Consequently, Windows moves it to some other place on my desktop, where it finds enough space, and then I have to go looking for the icon.

I suggest you turn off the "align icons to grid" and "auto arrange icons" options, to give you complete 100% control over where you want your desktop icons to live. Windows will not interfere at all.

Right-click on desktop, move the mouse over View to get the flyout, and uncheck these two options.

Note that this won't solve your "large icons" issue when you perhaps would want them to be somewhat smaller. But it will give you 100% control over icon placement and will never see Windows move it somewhere you don't want it to go. Wherever you put it... that's where it will stay, unless YOU drag it somewhere else.

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Hi there, my problem is when I start up in the morning my icons and gadgets are extra large and I mean large, I solve this by right clicking on desktop, click screen resolution (which is also extra large) then click detect. This opens a normal size window and I am good to go. The display is set at (default) 100% and never changes so that isn't the problem. Also this only happens on a cold start up and not if I reboot
or restart while while I have been using the computer. I hope someone out there can help me with this small problem because it is very annoying, many thanks, Shibumi1.

A:Extra large icons & gadgets on start up.

What is the native resolution of your monitor and are you using it ?
Just read your specs, nice rig.

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This is actually for a friend and I tried everything I could think of but nothing works. She recently installed WindowBlinds and as she was installing Avast it apparently happened (if this helps)

What happened is the icons in the System Tray, and the Quick Launch icons because the Start menu, and even the icons inside the Start menu have enlarged. They are probably 1.5x the size of the original and are also blurry. The time in the bottom right now includes the date also.

I thought her taskbar was moved up a notch, but it's as low as it can go. So thats not the problem. If you right-click the taskbar when it is unlocked and go to View, you can change the icons from large to small. It's on small. So something else happened.

Any clue what could've happened?


A:Taskbar/System Tray icons all LARGE... how do I fix this?

Could be a crap theme. Try changing themes or uninstalling WB completely.

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and also when deleting files recycle bin shows a black icon..

please help...

A:Folder Icons Are invisible when viewed large

Hi Qwerty77
Try this:

1) Right click the folder and choose properties.
2) Click on the Customize Tab.
3) Choose Change Icon at the bottom
Pick an icon you want top use for the folder,then click ok.

You may have inadvertently clicked on a "white" space when choosing icons. (It is possible to create invisible folders in that manner, hence the black box.
Try right clicking on your desktop first, and click refresh.
Hope this helps...

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Hi, is there a way to permanently set folders in a hard drive to always open in large icons visualization, even if I move the drive into another machine, or if I use the drive over network?



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Hello everyone,
I've been searching tooth and nail all over the internet for how to do this but to no avail. Here's what I want

I want my context menu to have big icons and small text (left) but no matter what I do it's always the default (right) I've tried registry tweaks, and increasing the DPI to around 300 on XP style size increase. It increased the icon size but at a cost all the windows were completely unusable but it showed that there was a value to increase to get that effect... I just haven't found it.

I know it's an oddly specific request but I have this Windows 7 tablet that with this edit be incredibly helpful for Menu navigation. I assume it's a registry tweak somewhere...

A:Need help making large icons in the context menu

Hello and welcome Lucern mate I have tried various things with the the properties etc etc and I am guessing it will have to be a registry change. Have you looked though the tutorials for changing icons sizes?

The only one I can find I tried but mine does not have that up / down control just customise.

Right click in an open space in that area > properties > and pick the Strat menu / customise.

However I found this but did not try it
Taskbar - Change Icon Button Width Size

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After playing a game last night, which I have played on many other computers with no problem, all graphics on my screen are centered and icons and font are large. There is about an inch of black space on the right and left sides of the screen with no graphics. I am running Windows XP on a Dell inspiron B130. I have restarted and checked the settings, but can't find anything. Any help would be much appreciated!

A:Solved: Graphics centered with large icons

Try a system restore to before you played the game.
I would believe that the resolution changed, but you said you checked that.

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Hey guys, I'm using Windows XP and need to enlarge my desktop icons, I right click, choose appearance then effects and tick "Use large icons" and they change as they should but when I log off/ turn off my computer they revert to their 32x32 images, can anyone tell me why this is happening and how to fix it? Thanks.Here are some screensBefore:After:

A:"use Large Icons" Doesn't Work Properly.

Read thisThat should help youMark

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I know I can change all the icon sizes. I was wondering if its possible to have different sized icons on the desktop at the same time?
Either inherently through windows 7 or through a 3rd party app?
I'm running a business, I would like to have all business related icons large and all the others small.

A:Simultaneous large and small desktop icons?

Hi and welcome to the forums!

My first suggestion might be a bit complex but I'll suggest it anyway. This tutorial - Replace Vista's missing Computer desktop icon with a custom gadget on the Windows Sidebar | TechRepublic - details how to create a gadget to launch my computer. Now, this should theoretically work for any application and on windows 7. To could then launch your program through the newly created gadget.

If that is a little bit too difficult there is a program by the company Stardock called fences. Download here: Fences - Windows Desktop Organization Software. This allows you to organise your desktop more efficiently.

Hopefully one of these will solve your issue

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I just reinstalled windows xp professional on my notebook and the icons on the desktop are way too big. Also the start menu is huge. I have tried everything and I can't make them smaller. Thanks for any help

A:Solved: Start menu and Large icons

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Hi guys! Every time I access a folder I have to go: VIEW- EXTRA LARGE ICONS to change how thumbnails are shown on windows explorer. How can I make VIEW as EXTRA LARGE ICONS a DEFAULT mode?? Many thanks!

A:How to view EXTRA LARGE ICONS as default?

ok i think it goes like this . change folder view to extra large icons, then clik organize / folder and search options/ view tab /apply to folders

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I am running Windows XP and a few days ago this problem started. When I close a window, or have one minimised there is a large image of an icon of one of the open windows, or one that I have just closed, on the desktop.
I have attached images to show what I mean. I cannot get rid of them and right clicking brings up a menu as if I right clicked anywhere else on the desktop and it temporarily vanishes, only to reappear when I close the menu.
Please help

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I have my resolution at 1600x900, my display is at Medium 125%, and my icons are Large. I was just playing something and I went from windowed mode in the game to full screen with just a click. When I returned to the desktop many of the steam game icons had reset to small icons inside a box. It's very strange. I tried to create new shortcuts via steam but they are still the same, small icons inside a box. Not all the games were affected, but most of them. I am just wondering how it happened and how to fix it. I never had this before.

A:Large desktop icons reset with Steam

Sometimes the resolution does not reset itself back to your setting after you played a game in full screen (that has a different resolution).

I am not 100% sure what icons you mean, but it sounds like you mean the desktop icons? You should be able to:
> Right click on your desktop
> Go to 'View >'
> Select 'Large icons'

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I've got a little registry file that I run on all my new installs. One thing I been wanting to add to it is the ability to set the Folder View settings to "Large Icons" for "All Folders". The manual way to do this is...

- Open folder
- Right-Click > View > Large Icons
- Tools > Folder Options > View > Apply to Folders

So basically I'm looking for the registry key that I can change to set this via reg file. I've tried digging around in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU & Bags but it looks like those are for all folders. I'm looking for the one specific key/value that windows checks to determine what the folder view should be.

Thanks in advance!

A:Registry Key for Folder View > Large Icons

Hello XenonKilla,

If you like, you could set your folder view settings to how you like, then use the tutorial to back up these settings as a .reg file that you can use to restore them in any user account.

Folder View Settings - Back Up and Restore in Windows

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I have all my photo folders set up in large icon view
So that they look like an open book with the page edges showing, and the folders inside also do too.

However for some reason if I create a new folder anywhere on my computer it does not show the folder as open with contents
Just a closed folder

The only way I can do it is to create a folder on the desktop, add contents and then add the folder to another folder

I have deleted the icon cache but no change.

A:Large Icons in Picures folders do not show contents

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Windows xp pro, Icons on the taskbar, immediately to the right of the START button are so large that 2 lines are used to display them ( Clock and date are shown on 2 lines, so are small icons for Right side programs.)

How do I make the (? quick launch ? ) [ left end ] icons smaller ?

A:Solved: Icons TOO LArge in Taskbar; How make smaller

ten: First, unlock the Task Bar if it is not already unlocked. Put your cursor on the top of the task bar, it will become a double arrow. Now, carefully left click and drag the task bar down until it becomes a single line of icons.
If you drag it down too far it will dissapear so be careful. You can get it back by just reversing the drag.
When you get it where you want it, lock it.

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My HP6000 pavilion lap running vista opened and had distorted display also showed box stated detected new monitor and gave a variety of multiple use monitors ( like over head screen and so on) I have none of this,,
It first happened Sunday am I had been watching dvds all night (work overnights) had closed all that and was just jumping on line (wire less)to check the weather had to leave the room and when I came back everything was distorted ,,big likeÖI did a restore point back to 230 am and it restarted back to normalÖ Monday night at home I turned it on and it went back to the big view ( I donít know what else to call it) and the new monitor detected box came back on I tried to follow it but got lost very fast as I donít have any of the things it was prompting me to check off on.. It even asked what monitor I had the one section that said something like use the current monitor as default was grayed out and I could not check it.. I have restored it several times this last it was showing normal desk top icons at normal size and in a blink of an eye it (the whole screen) flashed and it was back to this big distorted look.. I am at a total loss

A:Solved: Large distorted icons & desk top display

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Hello. I am using Vista Home Edition 32-bit version SP1 and in the past few weeks my thumbnail previews and icons have disappeared for folders that are set for Medium Icons or Large Icons.

If I open a folder that is set for Medium or Large Icon view, instead of getting thumbnails and folder previews, I'm now getting blank spaces with the file name under it...

Folder upon opening:
Now if I cycle through the various views - list, details, tiles, and back to icons - it will generate and display thumbnails ... but with two problems: (1) notice the folder images it just generated appear smaller than they should be, and they are not showing any preview of what's inside the folder.
(2) the thumbnails for the jpgs are there only as long as the window is open and I don't navigate elsewhere. As soon as I leave the folder, they revert back to a blank space.

Folder after cycling through the Views button to Large Icons:
Moving to another folder yields the same results: no thumbnails:
And going back to the previous folder, and the thumbnails are gone again:
Folder Options -> View -> Advanced -> "Always show icons, never thumbnails" is unchecked.
System Properties -> Advanced -> Performance Settings -> "Show thumbnails instead of icons" is checked.
I have deleted the thumbnails cache in Disk Cleanup.
I also attempted a system rollback to no avail. (Apparently this problem occurred prior to the earliest system checkpoint on my m... Read more

A:Medium and Large Icons in explorer folders are blank

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Was scrolling up and down through a document when the Very Large Icons appeared in a window behind the one I was working on!

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Hi i need your help.

I want change the detail and large icons from status bar of the file explorer, i use WSB, but i not found the options for make this changes.

i want change the icons with others, por example this.
Thaks for all

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It only fits two rows of apps and even the metro app I've been working on now has everything sized funny. This could come up as something that will bother users and make our apps look terrible without the user even knowing why.

A:All Icons in Metro mode have become very large - How to change it back

Hello r3ap3r, and welcome to Eight Forums.

What is your screen resolution set to?

You might check using the tutorial below to see if this may be the issue.

Start Screen - Metro Apps - Change Number of Rows in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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I just reinstalled Windows 7 x64 yesterday. I have been adjusting the settings in Win7 to get it like it was before, but after trying lots of things and searching Google and this site I cannot find the answer or even a reference for my problem.

If I change the power settings from Balanced to High Performance or Power Saving, or when my laptop comes out of Sleep, a large light bulb with a circular meter appears for a second or two, then disappears. The same happens with the sound icon (can't remember what I did for sound to show the large speaker icon). It is very annoying.

What do I do to prevent this large icon from appearing?

Please help!

A:Temporary large notificaion area icons are diving me crazy

ok, it's the laptop software for System Control.

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Hi all,

If you set the view to Extra Large Icons for video media files, it shows a screen capture from an instant very early in the video file (like in the first 5 seconds or something). Is there a way to modify what point in the video file the screenshot is taken from?


Edit: even better, is there is a way to set it so that, if you hover your mouse cursor over the icon, it cycles through several screenshots at various points in the video?

A:Extra large icons for video files - tweaking the screenshot?

welcome to the forum.
no i dont think there is a way to modify it , what you see is what you get.

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Have I lost my mind - don't answer that !!!

I want to have my folders open in the Maximized form and with the Icons being in the Extra Large View. That seems simple enough, but -

I keep using Folder Options, but it just is not sticking. Am I using the wrong tool?

Thanks so much for any assistance. I appreciate BC a lot! I know that I can trust it here, and that is worth more than gold these days - - but then again, gold is not worth much either. . . .


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I erased by mistake the "PATH" environment variables and I assume this broke my icons in every single folder. The large icons doesn't work, but instead just produce blank invisible square as shown on the pic below.


Here's what I tried and didn't help:Assigning the correct PATH variables
Delete the icons cache/reboot
No system restore point
Also the desktop background can't be set.

Thank you in advance!

A:Wiped Out Environment Variables Broke my Explorer Large Icons

Do a System Restore to before you did this, should fix the problem.

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Strange new behavior.
Win 8.1
When I choose a folder and opt for view/large or medium icons, I initially get the chosen option, but after I close the folder and open it again after a few minutes, it opens back to the original details setting---quite annoying. This happens particularly after rebooting.

Any ideas?

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I am running Windows 7, x64 RC 2 (7100) build, downloaded from Microsoft a month or two back.

Legitimate product key that I received from MS is used, and it is activated through MS as well.

Everything has been working great, this is a fresh install from 08/01/2009.

I noticed my MS Windows "Update" icon appear on the task bar, and decided to have a look, I already went ahead and selected for windows to check for updates but to ask for me to install/chose which ones.

Anyways, there was a huge list of updates for MS office 2003 (yes i know there are newer versions but I like 2003), so I went ahead and selected a few, most of them were security updates, and there was one update for microsoft silverlight.

I went ahead and installed them all, restarted, and all of my desktop icons , and task bar icons including shortcuts began disappearing, then I tried moving mouse over them and they would appear and or disappear again.

I have not messed with any hacks or tweaks to remove the logo from the "windows 7 evalutation ..." from the desktop , that doesn't really bother me so i dont mess with removing it. Besides, I don't like installing stuff that messes with my registry, let alone on an unstable build.

Moving forward, I went through the recently installed updates list, and figured one of the new updates must have triggered this new found problem.

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A:Windows Update-Icons Disappearing

Looks like its time to replace Office 2003 .. you cant expect it to be compatible for ever ..

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HELP! In an attempt to install the problematic update MS KB979906 for .NET Framework 1.1 SP1, I accidentally Removed Windows XP component which connects to AVAST Server, Windows Automatic Update Server etc. All my windows-icons and AVAST-icon (orange spinning ball are missing from toolbar) I tried to recover by doing a ThinkVantage Rescue & Recovery Back-up Service then I received an error message but was unable to Send a Report to Microsoft due to "server path not found".Since I'm unsure what was the component I removed from the "Control Panel - Add/Remove Program/Software" I tried googling various download to no avail. I had downloaded NET Framewok Version 1.1 Redistributable Package from off of but I still could not install KB979906, so I went to the control panel and tried to remove it, but I ended up removing the WRONG component.Please HELP!

A:Help! Accidentally removed WindowsXP Component Unable to Access Windows Update or See Windows Icons in toolbar

Try reinstalling Avast?

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After a recent update , many of my applications show blank files or default application icons. This includes Skype, Office and VLC media player; as of yet I am unable to find what links these applications:
From searching online, I have discovered that this is not a new issue, however previous solutions have not resolved the problem for me:
Windows 10 - Blank start menu icons - Super User
This did not do anything.SOLVED: blank/white paper icons Win7, after IconPackager uninstallation Forum Post by SparticusX
I didn't have this subkey in the registry, so I couldn't delete it.Icon Cache - Rebuild in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
This did not do anything either.
If someone could identify the update package that caused this, I would be grateful. Fighting off updates generally isn't a great idea so if anyone could provide a way of fixing this through other means, that'd be great.

Thanks in advance!


A:Icons Blank/Missing After Windows Update

Hey DanielDC88-

You might want to check the "Default App" for the respective file types and see if they need to be assigned again.

PC Settings > System > Default Apps > Scroll down and click on "Choose Default Apps By File Type."

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I can't find the locations. Someone who Knows?

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Dear Sirs,
all my attempts have proved futile and you are my last hope.

I have replaced the icons for 3 of my programs, browser, mail client & mp3 player with custom icons from the web (16x16 ico, 32x32 ico, 48x48 ico, 256x256 png). They show up correctly in the taskbar itself (small and large) BUT the preview windows title bar icon remains the original (See attachments).

Attempted solutions:
Clearing Icon Cache, Prefetch, MUICache, tried all icon color depths, removing Icon completely, re-installing programs

The aesthetic discrepancy is driving me
I believe that windows has somewhere stored a type of "favicon" upon 1st launch of the programs and I can't find it.

If anyone can help me thank you very much, I hope I simply overlooked something really straightforward


A:Update Icons in Taskbar preview windows

Maybe I;m missing something but only the Winamp icon looks different.

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From time to time I get these exaggerated error messages that my system is critically in danger and that I need to go to this website called to download these setup programs. And I have these fake Windows Update/ Help and Support center icons on my desktop . I try to delete them but they come back !Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:29:32 PM, on 1/28/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\a-squared Anti-Malware\a2service.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\Program Files\Comcast\Desktop Doctor\bin\sprtsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\MsPMSPSv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDLL32.exeC:\Program Files\a-squared ... Read more

A:Help I Have Fake Windows Update/ Help And Support Center Icons

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum EsTiLOMy name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.It appears you've no virus protection installed,which is somewhat suicidal.Please download/install Avira AntiVir Personal Edition Classic[Free]: a full scan with Avira and allow it to delete everything it detects.Restart your pc when you've done.After restart,open Avira Antivirus and select "Reports".Then double click the report from the full scan you have just completed. Click the "Report File" button,then copy and paste the report into your next reply.Your version of Sun Java is out of date.Older versions have vulnerabilities that malware can use to infect your system.Please follow these steps to remove older versions of Sun Java,and then update.1. Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE)2. Scroll down to where it says 'Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 update 4'.3. Click the "Download" button to the right.4. Check the box that says: "Accept License Agreement".5. The page will refresh.6. Click on the link to download 'Windows Offline Installation jre-6u4-windows-i586-p.exe' [15.12 MB] and save to your desktop.7. Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.8. Go to Start > Control Panel double-click on Add/Remove programs and remove all older versions of Java.9. Check any item with Java Runtime Environment (JRE or J2SE) in ... Read more

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I'm posting this in case it helps others encountering the same problem. I spent three or four days on this without success. Google searches on this forum and generally on the web and Microsoft came up with no working solution - although it appears to be a problem that has afflicted Windows 7 and Windows 8 users too. I finally solved the problem by comparing the services list of the PC with the problem to that of a PC that did not have the problem.

I updated three Windows 8.1 PCs to Windows 10. All updates went fine but one PC had an annoying problem that (finally) I have now solved. This was a brand new Lenovo PC out of the box with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. My first step was to run the free upgrade to Windows 10. This appeared to work fine with one (at least so far) problem - all the following are related:
In Printers and Devices (in the control panel) no icons for printers appeared after I installed them. The default printers like fax or PDF printer (pre-installed) did appear but a directly connected printer, a wireless printer and network printers did not appear after they were installed following the Windows 10 upgrade. However the printers did appear in Device Manager and in the print menus for programs (e.g. MS Word). And printing worked as normal. Uninstalling and reinstalling printers did not work. Nor did changing drivers (through Windows). These were all Windows 10 "approved" drivers in any case (and Windows would tell me the best driver was already inst... Read more

A:Devices and Printers Icons missing following update to Windows 10

Do you know of there is a way to get the Devices and Printers listed in the right click of the W10 Start Menu? It would be much faster to look at a problem printer if I did not have to go to the Control Panel. It would also work almost like all of the other Start menus in the past.

Forget it as I found a way to get Devices and Printers into the My PC display:

Devices and Printers - Add or Remove from This PC in Windows 10


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So I have had these icons for the past couple of weeks, also has been loads of other stuff happening on my computer e.g. slowing down, can;t get onto my computer, Kernel error messsages, this is a fairly new pc completely over-run by this virus or whatever.

Please Help.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 19:53:36, on 22/02/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeCam\MSCamS32.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Sonic\DigitalMedia LE v7\MyDVD LE\DetectorApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
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A:Windows Update/ Help and Securty Centre fake icons.

Hi rozza887

Download Combofix from any of the links below, and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3

**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**


1. Close any open browsers.

2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

If your not sure how to disable them then double-check against the list found >>>HERE<<< This list is not all inclusive, if your programs are not listed and you are unsure then please ask before continuing.


Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.When finished, it will produce a report for you.
Please post the "C:\ComboFix.txt" along with a new HijackThis log for further review.
Do not mouseclick combofix's window while it's running. That may cause it to stall

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So I recently restored my computer and went to install all possible updates and now pinned taskbar icons can't be changed. I think it has to do with an update released sometime in the past month or two because I noticed my family computer also has this problem. So I restored mine back to factory and can change icons once again. I didn't install/modify anything apart from windows updates. Is anyone else experiencing this?

A:Taskbar Icons Won't Change (Suspect a Windows Update)

I've not experienced this, nor heard of anyone else who has. Do you mean the icons for the loaded windows lined up on the Taskbar, or the icons of the programs showing within the System Tray?

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Hello all
My computer just updated and now all my desktop icons have a super wide spacing. The icons are not stretched, but when I mouse over them the selection box is 8x the icon width. In addition to that, most of the icons are now overllapping. All desktop icon options do nothing and display scaling does nothing but make them bigger or smaller.

A:How to fix wide spaced desktop icons after Windows 10 update!?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Hello all
My computer just updated and now all my desktop icons have a super wide spacing. The icons are not stretched, but when I mouse over them the selection box is 8x the icon width. In addition to that, most of the icons are now overllapping. All desktop icon options do nothing and display scaling does nothing but make them bigger or smaller.
Help! Join our forums and tell us what was the update? Are you an Insider? Did you force update your device to the latest Anniversary update?
did you try reinstalling the graphics driver? please answer all sbove questions , to do that please join our forums:> Join the Windows Central Community!

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I had a problem where some spywear or something turned off my windows update and fixed it following the instructions in this post . Now, before finding a solution to the problem I was following some Microsoft instructions were they asked to copy some command to the registry trying to make WU and the Backgroung Intelligent Transfer Service to "work". I remembered I tried several times and entered the registry command. Now when I open up my Control Panel, there are 5 Windows Update icons additional to the original one. The icons do not have the text below and do not do anything . How can I get rid of them???
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A:Multiple Windows Update icons in Control Panel

I manage to erase the icons via this article . Still the space where the icons were is still showing. How can I get rid of it??? Thanks in advance...

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I'm helping a friend with her laptop. She is getting pop-ups and redirects. I was able to run panda scan and I updated Windows XP Home to SP1 but I can't seem to get any further with that.

Here is the hijackthis log and the panda scan log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:48:49 PM, on 9/16/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\D-Link\Wireless G WNA-1330\acs.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Kristina\Desktop\HiJackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
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A:Pop-ups, missing desktop icons, unable to update windows

Hello and welcome to TSF

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Before beginning the fix, read this post completely. If there's anything that you do not understand, kindly ask your questions before proceeding.


I see no evidence of an AntiVirus program on your system. This must be resolved. Connecting to the Internet without antivirus protection is a "Welcome" doormat for malware. It can take as little as eight seconds to infect an unprotected computer.

Here are a few very good free Antivirus products which are available:Avira PersonalEdition Classic
Select one of these, or another of your choice. Do not install more than one antivirus program because they will conflict with each other. It is imperative that you update your antivirus software at least once a week (even more if you wish). If you do not update your antivirus software then it will not be able to catch new malware that may have come out.

Install, update definitions, and run a full system scan with the Anti-Virus of your choice.


Next we are going to use ComboFix.exe. Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running the tool:

http:... Read more

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Microsoft has already introduced a new icon set in Windows 10, but the company doesn?t want to stop here and is now working to refine the entire UI in the operating system with another update.

Screenshots that were published online by Twitter user @cadenzza92 and coming from an unreleased build reveal several new icons that Microsoft has prepared for Windows 10, but also other visual tweaks that will be part of an upcoming update.

Right now, it seems that these changes will be first introduced in an insider build, so Windows 10 testers will be the first to get them, while everyone else can receive it at a later time depending on the received feedback.

As you can see in the screenshots below, Windows 10 is scheduled to receive refined icons in the key areas of the operating system, so a new printing, personalization, keyboard, and other device icons are all expected to be released.

At the same time, the software giant?s also working on improving the personalization screen, so in these screenshots, for example, Microsoft is using a bigger preview window than in the current builds.

Read more: Microsoft to Release New Windows 10 Icons in Future Update

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Forgive me I am not very computer literate.

Since my windows update 10/7/2014 0315 my computer doesn't work.


1. Running explorer from Task manager > new task > explorer.exe

2. tried system restore to 8 July 2014

I am getting reconciled to having to reinstall Windows 7 but reluctant as:

1. acer do not provide a windows 7 disk and not sure how to reinstall from the laptop's own memory

2. When I first got the acer I burned 6-7 dvds with a system restore so I could use that but do not want to lose all my data

3. Really not sure what I am doing lol

4. really don't want lose my data and I have no means to back up the 540gb of data I reluctant to lose it all.

Please help.....Assume I am a real noob.

p.s. a message window just popped up saying "explorer.exe system call failed"

A:Windows update 10 July 2014 - Background/Icons load but nothing more

Got it working badly and extra slow with a system restore and I had to reboot and flipping Microsoft updated again landing me again at the beginning again!!!

Any help would be appreciated.


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Hey, I upgraded to Windows 10 about a month ago. Two days ago my computer is all the sudden automatically downloading some
Massive update that took a long time and rebooted my computer without prompting me.

After the download was complete I was able to use my computer seemingly as normal, but upon the next restart, the start menu wouldn't open, and the mouse wouldn't click on any of the icons. I tried a restart and got two pop up error messages saying something like "Windows failed to start properly." I tried a hard reboot a coupe times, same thing.

Google searched the problem, found this and followed the steps: How to fix Windows 10 start-up problems - Blackscreen, Bootloop, Infinite Loading [HD 60FPS] - YouTube

No luck. Now every time I boot up my computer it goes to the "automatic repair screen."

I have tried every option available from the "automatic repair screen" menu, including System Restore: because I just downloaded Windows 10, I had no restore points. System Image Recovery: it says have no image to recover). Start Up Repai: tells me Windows can't repair the problem. Command Prompt: I've been able to get in there but I don't really know what to do once there (tried what was suggested in the video above, no luck, everything was already set to zero) Startup Settings:WAS working, I was able to start up in Safemode once, still couldn't click anything and start menu still wouldn't work. Now when I click on Startup Settings and ... Read more

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Significantly reduced speed
Desktop Icons no longer show
Windows Update will not load (ATTACHED)

Paste of main.txt is below.
Much thanks !

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Tom on 2008-02-28 09:17:13
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
107: 2008-02-28 14:17:22 UTC - RP1630 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
106: 2008-02-28 14:14:50 UTC - RP1629 - Software Distribution Service 3.0
105: 2008-02-28 08:00:23 UTC - RP1628 - Software Distribution Service 3.0
104: 2008-02-27 08:00:27 UTC - RP1627 - Software Distribution Service 3.0
103: 2008-02-27 07:17:17 UTC - RP1626 - Software Distribution Service 3.0

-- First Restore Point --
1: 2007-12-10 08:00:30 UTC - RP1524 - Software Distribution Service 3.0

Backed up registry hives.
Performed disk cleanup.

-- HijackThis (run as Tom.exe) -------------------------------------------------

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:20:53 AM, on 2/28/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16608)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.ex... Read more

A:Windows Update Fails / No Desktop Icons / Lost Speed

bump please

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Well my dad wants me to fix his computer I have helped it alot just seems like he has a ton of problems and such. One major issuse is these little icons on the bottom right of his screen that blink says Update Windows now and Caution Your Computer is Infected....please help.Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Run by Owner on 2008-06-25 08:54:59Computer is in Normal Mode.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --39: 2008-06-25 15:56:27 UTC - RP661 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point38: 2008-06-25 13:02:25 UTC - RP660 - Software Distribution Service 3.037: 2008-06-25 04:06:14 UTC - RP659 - Installed Ad-Aware36: 2008-06-25 04:01:28 UTC - RP658 - Removed RecordNow35: 2008-06-25 03:57:28 UTC - RP657 - Configured easy Internet sign-up-- First Restore Point -- 1: 2008-03-29 18:46:44 UTC - RP623 - System CheckpointBacked up registry hives.Performed disk cleanup.Total Physical Memory: 247 MiB (512 MiB recommended).-- HijackThis (run as Owner.exe) -----------------------------------------------Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 8:58:58 AM, on 6/25/2008Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\win... Read more

A:False Windows Update Icons / Random Programs Wanting Updates

Hello MilesJ and welcome to BC. Let's see what we can find. Please follow the steps below in order:Before running a new scan let's clean out the temporary folders. Download ATF Cleaner to your Desktop.Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Click Select All found at the bottom of the list.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use Firefox browser, do this also:Click Firefox at the top and choose Select All from the list.Click the Empty Selected button.NOTE : If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.If you use Opera browser, do this also:Click Opera at the top and choose Select All from the list.NOTE : If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.Close ALL Internet browsers (very important).Click the Empty Selected button.Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.Now download OTScanIt from here or here to your Desktop and double-click on it to extract the files. It will create a folder named OTScanIt on your desktop.Note: You must be logged on to the system with an account that has Administrator privileges to run this program.Close ALL OTHER PROGRAMS.Open the OTScanIt folder and double-click on OTScanIt.exe to start the program (if you are running on Vista then right-click the program and choose Run as Administrator).
In the Drivers section click on Non-Microsoft.Under Additional Scans click the checkboxes in front of the following items to select them:Reg - BotCheck
File - Additional... Read more

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I have been running two hard drives in my Asus M60J for close to two years. It did not come with an actual Windows CD. I have a HDD which has the original operating system on it (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit). I have a second SSD running Windows 7 as well. I am able to access the HDD from the operating system on my SSD. Right after Windows required a restart after installing an update the Windows welcome screen comes up with the default blue background with the "EN" icon in the upper left but no users/shutdown icons appear (This is on the HDD, the SSD OS works fine). My cursor is active and I can bring up the sticky key window by pressing the shift key five times. The screen flickers black for a split second and then comes back to the blue graphical background intermittently. Mostly the blue graphical background stays up.

I realize that the normal answer is to restore a previous back, etc. Only one backup shows up from 2009. I would prefer to fix the problem instead of avoiding it. I may be wrong but it feels like this is some kind of minor registry/user account issue or something.

So no user login icon when launching Windows normally or launching safe mode/command prompt.

Here are the things I've tried after Googling and after removing my SSD:

1. I ran offline virus scans and found nothing
2. I booted with a Windows 7 Pro cd I have and tried running the repair. "Startup Repair could not detect a problem. (My HDD is partitioned so I h... Read more

A:After Windows Update aroundJune 2013 no user icons on login for normal

Try a System Restore going back as far as necessary.

You can also uninstall the suspect Updates to see if it resolves it.

If it installed IE11 there are issues with that update resolved by changing DPI back to 100%. I would uninstall IE11 until they get it fixed.

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Hi Guys,

i'm a newbie to this forum so please forgive me if i make a mistake with the procedures & rules.

I recently (march 1st 2008) re-installed my XP prof on my PC using a Norton Ghost Image i had. This imaged fine & the system ran very quickly (like it does with a new install of XP). I then decided to complete the microsoft updates so my systemwould be fully up to date. After i had completed all the updates i realised that my XP boot up became very slow.
It was normal up to the welcome screen but then when it gats to my desktop the system hangs and does not let me do anything for around 2-3 minutes (normally would only take 20-30 seconds at this point). The hourglass mouse icon appears and i have to wait a long time before the system is usable again. Furthermore, i had around 6 or 7 system tray icons on my XP (including AVG, volume control, network connection, usb device connectoin, etc). All of my system tray icons have gone missing except the network connection icon.
This has all happened after i did the MS update.
I decided that this may be a one-off problem & so i re-formatted my system & re-installed XP from the image i had (on the 8th March 2008). Again, the system loaded fine and was booting up very quickly & with all the system tray icons showing. But after i did the MS updates again the XP boot became very slow & system tray icons dissapeared (as it did before). This is when i realised that the problem must be with the MS updates.

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A:Windows Xp Boot Up Slow & System Tray Icons Not Showing After Ms Update

Try uninstalling the updates one at a time until you find the offending update, then reinstall the rest. One thought is seeing how you're using a ghost image, it might be the WGA tool

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Following some updates to Win 8.1, I am encountering problems with MS Access displaying GIF files on reports on some machines (nominally at the same update state). By moving the Access database to a machine that is not currently showing the problem, I have been able to prove that it is not the Access db causing the problem - something I previously suspected as machines with Windows Update turned off or those that have been moved back to 8.0 (plus those running earlier versions of Windows) display the GIF files correctly in Access.

The error message we are getting is;-
?2114 <program name> doesn?t support the format of the file ?d:\PF_Sign\M11_V2846.gif,? or the file is too large. Try converting the file to BMP or GIF format.?
where M11_V2846.gif is a variable file name which links to the Image frame on the current report page. All the files are very small (normally not more than 5kb) and are already in a gif format (they are an image version of an INK signature created using a standard utility on tablet machines).

If the GIF file is viewed outside of MS Access, it is displayed without a problem.

The problem is:-

only occurring on machines running Win 8.1 (32 and 64 bit)does not occur on initial update to 8.1has been seen to ?fix? itself following one Windows update - only to re-appear after another updateis not happening on XP, Vista, Win 7 or Win 8 machineshas not been seen on a Win 8.1 machine with Auto Update switched off following initial update to 8.1.a... Read more

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About 4 months ago my computer started starting up and only showing my background. It didn’t the taskbar or any of my desktop icons. This only happened every once and a while so I just ignored it for the most part. I could get the taskbar and icons back sometimes by starting up a program using the task manager, logging off and logging back on using the task manager, or just shutting down my computer by holding in the power button for a few seconds. The power button was the only way that worked all the time to get my desktop back to normal. Also the task manager wouldn’t work at shutting down the computer by command so holding in the power button was the only way to restart it when it does this. Starting about a week ago I cannot access my mp3 player all of a sudden. My mp3 player does connect, it shows the USB icon on task bar and mp3 player screen lights up to show it’s connected. Whenever I go into my computer the drive that the mp3 player is suppose to be doesn’t show up and when I type in the address it gives a pop-up saying the drive is inaccessible. I’ve had my mp3 player for 2-3 years and have connected it regularly in the past and have never had this type of problem. Also I have managed to connect it to my mother’s computer without any problems just today so it proves it isn’t my mp3 player that’s causing the problem. 2 days ago I got some sort of error while trying to load a website, I don’t recall the exact message and ha... Read more

A:Cannot access removable USB device, cannot connect to windows update, and taskbar and desktop icons occasionally disappear when...

ok i managed to get a look at the full error message thing with my windows update. It gave me this loading info.


that's all it gave though. And also i'm not sure if this is related but everytime i start up my internet it opens up a second window for some google work-at-home like thing. I usually close it out immediately. I don't have anything as far as i know telling my internet to do that.

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After a large  group of upgrades, where the system went through a number of"system being configured" "don't turn off" messages.  System rebooted a number oftimes then same messages.  System no longer boots. Dead screen . I notice that power is on the USB ports. The DVD drive makes starting noises. No activityon screen.    Attempted "ESC" key on "POWER ON". Attempted F9 then F12 on power on.Get no response from machine.  Looking at network I do not see machine "on line" DVD will never read. Where do I go from Here?

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This references: Quick Launch Bar: icons don't wrap even though there is room - a post by chillz which discovers a "bug" with the taskbar not resetting the row-sizing for toolbars when dragging the taskbar to the left then back to the bottom.

I, for a while now, have been using a custom quick-launch toolbar on my taskbar with the taskbar being 2 unit-lines in height and having the taskbar on my secondary ( left ) monitor. When I first set this up it showed 3 lines of small icons in the toolbar and up to 2 lines on the standard taskbar. This was perfect because the toolbar didn't reset the order every time I launched an application contrary to how the pinned application system works. With pinned applications, no matter what position I drop the icon, the order always resets and floats from place to place so that system of organizing icons is disgusting because you have apps between icons of apps that aren't running some times and other times the running applications are above and below with or without grouping enabled.

The vertical display would be the ideal way for me to view unlaunched applications ( see aforementioned topic ) because they group together and launched apps come after; in horizontal mode the taskbar is chaotic without a toolbar organizing the apps to one side but then you lose the functionality of the pinned-application system ( if you forfeit usage of that chaotic horizontal system in favor of how the vertical system works but in horizontal mod... Read more

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Hey guys, I managed to change my default icons to blue ones. They show great in List view but when I switch to the Large Icons view, thumbnails show preview in Yellow(original) icon, is there way to change them as well?

A:Icon change in "Large Icons" view

Hello ConstanT1ne, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This may be able to help. Be sure to read the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial as well.

Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon

Hope this helps,

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Hello, i was wanting to enable to the large icons on explorer 9 again. the feature used to be thier, now thier is not

the tabs and icons are now tiny!

thankyou for any help in advance


A:is their a way to enable to "use large icons" button in IE9

Far as I know, don't think there is.

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Hello all,

I have been having a seriously frustrating time trying to fix icons displaying in my games folder way too small. Every icon is a custom x256 by x256 icon, and I have seen them all work properly at one point. However, for some reason these icons now appear in their 32x by 32x bit forms, as seen in the attached image.

I have tried everything, including rebuilding and refreshing the icon cache, editing the registry value to x4068 size, only refreshing or rebuilding then restarting, moving the icon files, moving the game shortcuts, so on. All of these shortcuts are offline .exe files, and these icons have taken me a long time to build.

I'm sick and tired of trying to solve it myself, so I've come here for help. The only thing that has worked so far was a Microsoft support file, which fixed the problem until I switched my account to my brothers so he could play, where his icons were broken and when I logged back in so were mine. I haven't been able to find the support file since. I'm very tired of trying to fix this computer, with some malware stuck in there and rooted so I cannot remove it, broken Windows Photo Viewer that won't even launch, general messes. Do you guys have any clue how I can fix my icons?

A:Some Extra Large Icons appear Extra Small

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
We might look into this malware issue first,
Post all scan results for review,
Repeat for all users,
Review Jacee?s instructions to run Adwcleaner here post #7,
Ignore the title of the thread,
Instant Savings App
Screen shot of the download button to use for Adwcleaner
You can use these free tools to see if they find anything,
Manually Update them before running full scans,
Try not to use your computer while the scans are running, (one at a time of course).
Uncheck the box to Activate the Free trial from the final install options,
Also use the Custom scan option not the Threat scan,
Select the drive to scan usually C,
If your really infected check the box to scan for Rootkits = this scan option will take several hours to complete,
Never use your machine while scans are running for best results,
This one is the longest up to 4 hours, the others are only about 45 minutes,

You will likely be better served in the security section for this issue,

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Is it possible have large icons under "All Programs" in Windows 7?

I have tried the "Use large icons" under Customize start menu options. Doesn't help!

Is there any other way?


A:Large icons under "All Programs"??

Quote: Originally Posted by Alex DeLarge

Is it possible have large icons under "All Programs" in Windows 7?

I have tried the "Use large icons" under Customize start menu options. Doesn't help!

Is there any other way?


Try this
Right mouse click on desktop
Select Personalize
When the screen opens look at the lower left hand corner of th escreen
Select Display
Then select 125% and apply
You may have to reboot for it to take effect.
Let me know if it works


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My grandchild was playing a shooting game, when suddenly the picture when sideways and there was large lettering.

I was able to upright the lettering, but still have the large lettering on the font.

I tryto get into a folder or program, but the large lettering prevents acessing all the information.

I was able to play TW08 golf game with no problems, but when I finished and returned to windows large lettering still there.

Have tried to find somewhere to reduce the size to normal, but unsuccessful.


A:vista home edition large font large lettering

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