Icons not displaying an actual picture just a white paper?

Some icons no matter where they are located don't display there actual picture but a white paper instead. Most of the time it only happens if I put it in a folder.

And sometimes even on the desktop.

I would really not like to have to set the icon up manually, because Windows is supposed to do that on its own, and also because they are adding up!

Now for the testing done so far. It seems that for the desktop problem if you copy instead of right click "send to" then the icon will show up when you paste it, but it will say "Copy" in the name on the icon, if I edit it and delete the word "Copy" and click out of it to save then the icon reverts back to the paper. This trick has no effect with the folders however.

It actually has "Copy" written in it but the text is to long so you just see the "..."

Also this issue only happens to the shortcuts of the actual file, and only on random files. If I were to go to Program Files and find the folder then "Move" the icon to the desktop then it works fine.

But in the folder that contains the actual file then icon is missing, it only appears when I "Move" it to the desktop

So I don't really understand whats going on? This is really weird. Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it! If you have any questions or need anything from me don't hesitate to ask.

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I've had Win 7 (Pro) on a new and otherwise healthy computer for about 6 months now. I noticed a few weeks ago that "My Computer" is not displaying all the files in a folder (and the names of all the sub-folders). Sometimes I can see the files in My Computer but when I open an application, the open files dialog box can't see all the files/folders. Winzip is the biggest culprit but I can replicate this in WordPerfect, Word, Excel, and other programs. Sometimes I can see a file in an application but it doesn't show up in My Computer. I have a 1 Terabyte hard drive but haven't been able to find any reference to how many files can be in a folder. None of these paths are more than 256 characters.

Does anyone know if there is a limit to the number of entries in a folder? When I moved some files to a subfolder, I could then see the remainder of the files in that folder, including ones that didn't appear before I moved the files. There were less than 200 files in that folder and I could only see about 100 of them. I've never seen anything like this before and I'm at a loss to figure out what's going on. I'd appreciate any tips.

Thanks in advance,

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A friend asked for help creating a database for a large personal library (3000 volumes - 2100 authors). He has now purchased Access but initially he wanted a less expensive solution so I looked at MyDataBase (http://www.elibrium.com/mysoftware/DBPro.htm) which as a "navigation aid" for looking at data that I would like to implement in some way using Access.

The MyDataBase window is divided into two sections, the right portion shows all the fields for a single row in the data table, the left vertical portion of the window contains the navigation aid. It consists of the letters A through Z in a vertical column, a list of about 20 or so of the sorted items, and a vertical slider. At the top of the navigation aid window is an icon that opens a window that defines the query. Suppose one wanted to look at the list organized by author - clicking on a letter of the alphabet jumps the list to the top of the sorted list of authors beginning with that letter - using the slider moves up and down from there not just to authors beginning with the chosen letter. This all works surprisingly well - far better than using just the slider for long lists and I would like to try to implement something similar in Access. Note the web site mentioned able shows the navigation aid if the description above is not clear.

I used a modification of the Access book collection template TG_1A6 as a starting point - Author information is kept in a separate linked table which appears to make creating the navigation aid described above a bit more difficult since the book table does not contain an author field - just a link to the author table using author ID .

- Does anyone have any suggestions?

I have approx. 6,500 pages in a folder that each contain a string representing a single anchor (not an actual anchor, just a character string URL) to an external page (http://domain.com/page.htm). I need to first convert the string into an anchor, and during the conversion specify a "_blank" value for the target attribute.

For some reason I'm having a tough time getting my head around the FrontPage API, and I can't figure out whether such a thing is even possible to automate. Is it?


Hi there,
I am going to get the free Vista upgrade that I am eligible for with my new laptop - however, there are a few thing that I want to know beforehand.
With the laptop, I do not have an OS disk, just a 'restore factory settings' type thing - so once I upgrade to Vista, there's no going back!
Does anyone know if the upgrade disk supports a clean install - or just simply the upgrade.
Also, would I benefit from a dual boot - and use both XP and Vista.
Lastly, if i upgrade to the x86 version until x64 drivers become the norm, will I be able to then upgrade to the x64 version of the OS from the upgrade disk?

We used to use MS Mail inside our home network with the mailbox on our old file server. It worked well for transferring stuff to each other as we have only a dial up connection. It is not compatible with Outlook 2003 which I now use on my laptop to be compatible with everyone else at work.

Does anyone know of an alternative to MS Mail that will work internally on our home network? We do not have an Exchange Server just a Windows 2000 PC that we use as a File Server and Internet Connection Sharing device. (I know we should have broadband but you need to tell that to the phone company as they believe we are out of range of DSL. There is no cable, and satelite is too darned expensive for a relatively slow connection.)

Thanks John Cooper

When a friend opens Interntet explorer, she does not get an open "window" - just a button for IE on the taskbar. She can right click on button on the taskbar and click on maximize and the IE window opens fully. I remember running into this problem before but can not recall how to fix it. The "maximize/restore button in the upper right corner is a "double box" giving only the "restore down" option.

I used to have logos to the left of my favorites (such as Woody's lizard) One day....all gone..just a white paper with the Explored E logo. How do I get them back?


I am having problems extracting icons from libraries, e.g., if I open a library in Windows Explorer I get a display of files with all icons shown with an icon having a magnifying glass. If I extract an Icon with, say IconEX, I get the correct Icon picture, but when I save the extracted file It opens In Nero Photosnap Viewer with just f frame and only white where the picture should be....ICO is associated the Windows Metaifile and I ran restore with no changes. What I am trying to do, with no success, is to extract icons from a collection and put them in my desktop tray....the only I get is the magnifying glass icon...what I need is a fix so I can create icons from collection on my desk top for further arranging....Any ideas would be appreciated....

Fixes an issue in which the Jump List of an application is not displayed on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.


Fixes an issue in which private EUDC characters are not displayed correctly on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. This issue occurs if the security update that is described in KB 2506223 is installed on the computer.


I am running windows 7 on a HP Pavillion Elite m9040n PC. My first drive is saying it is full. With all of these folders (my pictures) showing up with pictures in them does that mean I have several duplicates on my hard drive? Are all of these picture icons in the items folders really pictures or icons? If they are just icons where's the actually picture folder so I can move the link to my second partition? Should some of those be eliminated? When I start my computer I have two options to enter at startup. The first one is the family icon on the screen in which it loges into automatically at startup. Or I can click the RICK icon and log into as an administrator. The * will represent a triangle at a 45 degree angle pointing down to the right from the folder.

Recently changed
Recent Places
Recorded TV
*my pictures with 632 items (Looks like folders with pictures in them
*my pictures with 632 item folders
*my pictures with 632 item folders
*my pictures with 572 (?) items in folders "I have to log in as an administrator to do anything with these pictures"
>Factory_Image "D"
>HP Pavilion "E"
>DVD RW Drive "F"
>Removable Disk "G"
*my pictures with 632 items in folder
*my pictures with 572 items in folder
Recycle Bin
Is this kind of screwed up? Am I wasting a lot of hard drive space? Can you tell mehow to figure out where my original files are? Can some of those folders be aliminated?


Fixes an issue in which the Jump List of an application is not displayed on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. This issue occurs when there are 999 items in the Jump List and you use the application to open a new item.


Fixes an issue in which the Security tab is not displayed when you open the Properties dialog box for a file on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. This issue occurs when the file is in a shared folder whose UNC path exceeds...


Fixes an issue in which an NRPT rule that you deployed to a client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 is not displayed or is displayed as corrupted in the GPMC. This issue occurs after you create the rule on a computer that is...


This just happened today. Icons for three applications are all of a sudden not appearing in the task bar. The only thing that shows is a generic icon that doesn't represent the application. I have gone into the program folders for each of these application and the icon doesn't appear there as well. It may be a silly thing but this is just bugging me.

When I right click on the task bar and select Properties I uncheck the Use small icons check box and click Apply the icons are displayed correctly for two of the apps but not the other one. When I check the Use small icons check box again the icons go small but change back to the generic Icon

What can I do to get all of the icons to show up like they did when I installed the apps. I'm not a tech sort of person and I hope someone can help me figure out what to do.


Please help,
I have just re-formatted this computer once again and put Windows 7 on it again.
Last time I had the exact same build of windows 7.
My Problem is that this time, when I plug in my External HDD (generic driver) It registers, installs the driver, and says it is ready to use, When you open my computer it does not display.
I have been to disk management and It lists the device, when I Right click the device and click a task such as Properties or Change Drive Letter it gives me an error message saying
"The Operation Failed to complete because the Disk Management Console View is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using the refresh task. If the problem persists then close the disk management console, then restart disk management or restart the computer"
As I have already tried these numerous times with No Success, and with a good 5 and a half hours of googling the issue and finding a lot of similar problems, but alas no Solution.
I don't think the problem is in the HDD or cabling itself as it works fine on computers Running XP, Vista, Redhat linux. It displays on the Microsoft Xbox Console and the Sony Playstation 3 Console.
I even suspected it to be a hardware problem, but as the HDD works fine on the same Hardware with simply a different HDD as boot HDD.

Please Help, This is not my main computer but as I Seem to have enjoyed the windows 7 experience I seem to be using it more and more. Anyone with any information to for this problem, no matter how insignificant it may seem, Please reply as at the moment I am out of ideas and any information may help.

PS. This is a bit off the topic but can anybody suggest an anti-virus to use, I previously used avast with success but as avast for reasons that I probably inflicted I would prefer not to use. I Have Tried the New Norton That supposedly supports windows 7 but during starting its processes Causes a blue screen on tdx.sys I tried AVG as I have herd stories about people successfully using it, along with trend micro, but during starting of the processes I get the same blue Screen.
Anyways Thanks in advance


Fixes an issue in which a solid-state drive is not displayed in Device Manager in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2. This issue occurs after you hot-swap the drive to another slot on a PCI-E switch.


When running the following script it will not display the results in a pop up window. This is only happening in Windows 7 Ent. The scrip does work fine from the cmd prompt. Some lines are commented out on purpose. Just want for the user to run this from the desktop and then tell me what the computer name is so I can connect to it remotely.

On Error Resume Next
Const wbemFlagReturnImmediately = &h10
Const wbemFlagForwardOnly = &h20
arrComputers = Array(".")
For Each strComputer In arrComputers

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" & strComputer & "rootCIMV2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem", "WQL", _
wbemFlagReturnImmediately + wbemFlagForwardOnly)

For Each objItem In colItems

' WScript.Echo "Domain: " & objItem.Domain
' WScript.Echo "Manufacturer: " & objItem.Manufacturer
' WScript.Echo "Model: " & objItem.Model
' strBIOS=Join(objitem.Win_32Bios,".")
' WScript.Echo "SerialNumber: " & objItem.SerialNumber
WScript.Echo "Name: " & objItem.Name
' WScript.Echo "PrimaryOwnerName: " & objItem.PrimaryOwnerName
arrComputers = Array(".")
For Each strComputer In arrComputers

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" & strComputer & "rootCIMV2")
Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration", "WQL", _
wbemFlagReturnImmediately + wbemFlagForwardOnly)
strIPAddress = Join(objItem.IPAddress, ",")
WScript.Echo "IPAddress: " & strIPAddress
Function WMIDateStringToDate(dtmDate)
WScript.Echo dtm:
WMIDateStringToDate = CDate(Mid(dtmDate, 5, 2) & "/" & _
Mid(dtmDate, 7, 2) & "/" & Left(dtmDate, 4) _
& " " & Mid (dtmDate, 9, 2) & ":" & Mid(dtmDate, 11, 2) & ":" & Mid(dtmDate,13, 2))
End Function

Thanks in advance.

I'm running XP Pro, SP1, with Active Desktop enabled. I can't get rid
of every desktop icon and display the html file at the same time. If I
set Windows to remove all desktop icons, I can't make any changes
stick except to change the background color - it's just a blank
screen. Windows is insisting that at least one icon (recycle bin, my
documents, my computer) be displayed in order to display the html file
too. Any suggestions? I have this working perfectly on 80 Windows 2000
Also, I can't seem to get rid of the scroll bars on the active
desktop. I haven't tried resizing the image yet ...
Many thanks.