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Disappearing Icons


I have an hp touchsmart duo computer, windows vista home premium 64-bit, microsoft office 2007
I have a task/toolbar (not sure which) on the bottom right of my screen that used to have icons for the programmes i was running such as my mouse, keyboard (told me when batteries running low) internet access, external hardware attached etc. , But it has just stopped loading, the only icon still coming up is my norton. I do not know why it is temperamental, and i do not know how it decides what to show or hide, or when or why?


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Disappearing Printer Icons And Print Failures

In previous win versions it was possible to have different settings for the same printer eg quality, draft, color, black & white, etc. All the different icons would be displayed in printers. Win7 only displays the one printer ican (default) and the not other printer options in devices and printers. The other printer options do however appear in an application print dialogue box. The default printer works fine. The printer options do not print at all. All printer options use the same driver.

1. How do you make all the printer option icons display permanently?
2. Why do the non-default printer options not print?


Posted On: 2010-04-25 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Desktop Icons Changed To Excel Icons After Update

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Posted On: 2010-08-05 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Program Icons Changed To Unknown Icons

Just recently, my computer's icons for programs such as windows live messenger, microsoft office (all programs and documents for those programs), steam, pdf files, are all changed to unknown icons. Im not sure what i happened and i restored my computer, but after another day or so, it reverted back to the same thing. I believe it might have been due to running disk cleanup and im not sure if i restored to before running disk cleanup. But these missing icons only displaying the unknown icon for all those programs and their files. Can anyone please help me?

Faulty icons: microsoft office and its documents, pdf files, windows live messenger, steam, itunes these are the ones that i see, there could be more for all i know.


Posted On: 2009-11-14 . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

Program Icons Have Been Replaced With Generic Icons

While trying to install adobe cs4 on my desktop i kept receiving errors on not being able to write to the c:windowsinstaller file. I had to change folder settings to see system files first then once i found it i could not do anything to it and had only limited rights. I turned off norton and made sure i had administrator rights and even tried to execute the file "run as administrator" with no luck. So i took ownership of the c drive and made sure that the system and myself that full control (probably not the right thing to do but i was out of ideas).

The install finally worked. However, now all of my programs do not have their standard icons (word, excel, quickbooks etc. ), They have generic icons and not all the same type of icon but they are all generic windows icons. All the programs work just fine but i would like to have have the original ones back.


Posted On: 2010-04-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Disappearing Drive

I am running windows 7 -64 bit professional
The system boots off a 10k velociraptor

I also have a raid 5 set up for my data through a silicon image sil 3124 running in one of the spare pci-e slots. It comes on just fine (as drive d). Frequently, usually after the system has gone to sleep, the drive just plain disappears. I have to reboot to bring it back to life on the system. Two questions; toward the same end.

1) how do i get it to stop disappearing?
2) how do i get windows 7 from going to sleep? Ive messed round with the power options in the control panel and ive come to the conclusion that windows 7 -64 bit is narcoleptic.


Posted On: 2010-02-11 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Disappearing Programs

I have yet been able to regularly duplicate this problem, but it seems to happen to me at least once a day. I did a clean install of w7rc on a fresh hard drive and everything installed fine. However, occasionally i will click a program on my task bar and it will way it's not there and ask me if i want to delete the shortcut. If i go to the start bar, there are no programs and the only thing i can do it shut down. I'm uncertain if microsoft is finding this issue as i receive no apparent error. Upon rebooting, everything is fine. Like i said, i don't know how to reproduce it as it seems to have no trend towards doing a specific operation, but it seems to happen to me at least once a day.

Posted On: 2009-06-04 . View Related Posts . . View 10 Replies .

Why Are My Files Disappearing?

Lately i have been having problems with my files disappearing and then reappearing. I'll type up a word document and save it in a specific folder. When i go back to look for it in said folder it is not there. I try to search for it and it is no where in the library. I also try to rearrange the folder in a different ways to find the file. Alas, it still does not show up. The way i have to find it is to go into word and hope that the document is in the recently opened documents. If not, i am
Screwed and have to wait for it to magically show up again. Does any one know what my problem is and how to fix it?


Posted On: 2010-04-17 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Disappearing Mouse Pointer

After a while of using my laptop, my mouse pointer gets uncontrollable for a few seconds. After it starts disappearing or moving objects, maximizing and minimizing for a few seconds it (sometimes) goes back to normal for about a minute and starts acting erratic again. This will go on for hours or until i get frustrated and shut down my system. Is this happening with any other users. If so please tell me how to fix this problem, i am tired of losing unsaved data. I lost seven chapters the other night.

Posted On: 2010-04-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Microsoft Games Keep Disappearing

Some of my microsoft games (e.g, freecell, solitaire, etc. ) Periodically disappear from my desktop - usually after the computer wakes from sleep mode. When that happens, i also cannot open them from the control panel. I've noticed that others seem to have this problem too. I've tried the check/unchecked games trick discussed in the forums. This doesn't work. I've been able to use the system restore, but it is tedious to keep doing that and i'm afraid that i might lose some programs or work one time doing that. I've run anti-spyware and anti-virus programs but they haven't found anything. Anyone have any suggestions?

Posted On: 2010-08-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Disappearing Address Book

Went into windows live mail to send an email and all my addresses had disappeared. Gone.zip. Found them in a folder on the computer. Reinstalled them in windows live again only to have them move 4 more times. The contacts stay in windows mail for a few days then zip. Gone and i have to reinstall them again. And this morning i got a pop up that said sticky notes weren't working, ms didn't know why, and they would get back to me when they found a solution. I'm already old. I don't know how much more time i have. These little glitches are enough to turn me into a mac person.

Posted On: 2010-02-09 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Cd/dvd Drive Disappearing / Vanishing

Will the new windows 7 address and fix the problem of the "vanishing" cd/dvd drive? In windows vista my cd/dvd drive keeps disappearing and i keep having to put the sqlite3.dll driver back into the system32 folder and then restart to make it reappear and work again.

Posted On: 2009-10-14 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Dvd Drive Disappearing Problem

On 2 laptops - almost identical dell inspiron 1545's - i have installed w7 rc 64 bit - after installation, the dvd drive seems to come and go at random - if its not showing, you can push the button to open the drive, and it reappears, and works fine for a while, but then it disappears again.

One one machine, i tried all of the suggestions about removing uperfilters, and lowerfilters, etc from the registry, disabled the integrity check, and turned off the driver check - have done all driver updates, and windows updates - now the drive works fine!

On machine 2 - did exactly the same things - drive still having this issue. I have also tried installed 32 bit w7 on it, and same thing. It originally came with vista - and it worked fine. Also, i know the drive is good - if it can boot and install windows 7 twice! Any thoughts/advice would be welcome!


Posted On: 2009-07-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Files Disappearing From Recycle Bin

I have had this computer since christmas, and i love it. I have windows 7 and everything has worked perfectly up until i got connected to the internet in late april and so far it has been one problem after another. And that leads me to my latest frustration. Files that i have deleted to the recycle bin have disappeared. And i did not permanently delete then!So far i have not lost anything of major importance, except for some photos, but, that's not even a disaster.

However, i'm now afraid to delete anything, for fear that i would not be able to restore the item if i needed it. Fter losing a handful of files from the recycle bin, i did an experiment:  i purposely deleted some items/folders that were empty or contained stuff that i absolutely didn't need. I checked the recycle bin every day and for a while my deleted files were still in the recycle bin. Now, today. They're gone! 

The only thing i did out of the ordinary was download an update for adobe reader. That shouldn't have any affect on what happens to the contents of the recycle bin - or would it?So, i really would like to know why this is happening. Alice bb**** as of today, june 22/10, i have tried your suggestion azeez n. As well as others from related topics and still files disappear from recycle bin.

Now, here's a detailed account of events leading up to the files disappearing from the bin, all from today. Checked my email. Created 2 unimportant word files and then deleted them to the recycle bin. Bell program did a scheduled anti-virus scan.completed. All ok. Opened action center, recycle bin  empty! Windows defender recommended a scan. Normal. Created 3 more unimportant word files and deleted them to the recycle bin.

Went to favorites clicked on microsoft answers, recycle bin empty again!Created 2 more unimportant word files and deleted them to the recycle bin. Signed in to windows mail;  checked mail;  signed out. Selected microsoft answers from favorites; checked my threads; checked some related questions; signed out. Java update notice popped up on screen. Allowed it to download. Bell internet security notice popped up saying it had found and deleted a virus and recommended an immediate scan to see if there were any further infections.

Did deep scan at 98% complete. Recycle bin empty again!Scan completed. All ok. All these instances happened in one day, today. What is happening? As of june 25/10 the problem still exists. I am almost certain than it only occurs when i am online. I am trying to monitor this more closely and will post the outcome. Sometimes it seems as if the recycle bin is on a timer and just empties on queue. One day it seemed to empty about every hour.

One thing is for certain, i cannot use the recycle bin in it's present operating condition. Can i completely delete the bin and reinstall it?  If so, how? I am just a novice so please excuse me if this is a stupid question.


Posted On: 2010-06-16 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Icons Have Changed To Generic Icons

For some reason after i changed my windows desktop background and then later restarted my pc i noticed that cpu-z, pc wizard, & eleet no longer had 'icon art' to them and they looked like generic icons. They still worked but i was wondering what would cause this and how to fix. Also, another change that i did was to pin shortcuts to these programs in my taskbar. All other programs were fine. For some reason this was highly annoying to me. Any suggestions?

Posted On: 2010-03-31 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Some Desktop Icons Appear As Broken Icons

I had to reconfigure some connections inside my box, and inadvertently switched the order of my sata drives. In short, windows loaded with my optical and 2nd hdd swapped, so it assigned them letters. All the icons that looked in d: switched to the "broken" icon. I've since switched drive letters and rebooted, multiple times. Right clicking on the icon and selecting properties displays the correct icon under the "shortcut" menu. How can i get that icon to show on the desktop now?

Posted On: 2010-01-29 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Media Player 12 Music Files Disappearing

For valentines day hubby built me a new computer and put windows 7 on it, which i am highly starting to regret. Anyhow i put my music i had backed up on my back up drive and it works fine, no problems. Then yesterday i ripped 2 c. D's on to it. I thought everything was fine shut down the computer. Then last night i went to play them and neither of them would show up on my media player, but both were in my music folder.

I deleted them and ripped them again and they showed up on the media player but the second i exit out of the media and go back to it they are gone, vanished, poof. I have tried restore media library and restarted computer come back they load on to the media player i exit out of the player and go back and once again gone. I have tried everything i can think of and still nothing is working and i am getting highly frustrated.


Posted On: 2010-02-27 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Disappearing Buttons Minimize, Size, Close

I installed windows 7 64-bit version a few days ago and i have a problem with minimize, resize, close buttons. When i am opening the new window, browser etc. Buttons are visible, but when i am hover (in fact onmouseout event) they are disappearing. I didn't erase also any drivers, however i installed the newest nvidia graphics driver. It is still the same problem.

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Posted On: 2010-04-18 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Disappearing Drives, Unstable Boot Up Process

I've been using the windows 7 on my old asus desktop for a few months without a glitch until recently when the hard drives started disappearing by themselves or freeze after copying large files from the external hd and crashed. I reinstall the windows 7 few times, all of the oldie drivers that came with the pc, and the os updates nothing seem to help.

My pc is set to the s3 mode and three of the four internal hard drives are 1tb in sizes and they are all sata drives. I have a cd drive that is on the pata and it doesn't seem to cause any trouble. When the hard drives went to sleep, they woke up without any problem in the past.

When it was fresh installed a few months back, the windows 7 os was already providing all that was needed to run the pc to communicate with the rest of the internal hard drives for a few months without a single problem. I did use the drivers that came with the pc only to solve the problems but the symptions are persistent. I've been downloading microsoft updates regularly from the ms site so my pc is up to date as far as the os is concern and i wonder if the newer updates are to blame.

The moment the pc is booted up, "my computer" icon would show one or two, sometimes all three hard drives (excluding the main c drive) and when one of the troublesome hard drive is clicked to open, the pc would hang indefinitely. Only shutting down the pc completely (not resetting) would allow the boot up process to continue back but often the pc wouldn't boot up but frozen up on the big windows 7 ms icon at the beginning of the boot process indefinitely. If it was the hard drives problem, one or two, even all three drives wouldn't disappear randomly.


Posted On: 2010-03-25 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Aero Peek / Title Preview Not Disappearing

I have following problem with windows 7: i have firefox opened. I hover mouse over task bar and window preview start displaying with window titles. I do not click at them, i click again into firefox window. Usually this results into latest taskbar application i hovered have its title displayed for around 5 seconds, then disappearing, and this application have its bar highlighted with main icon color (which is also not what i want). But sometimes window previews from latest hovered window just do not disappear until i press some keyboard button in firefox. This is quite annoying for me. Is this how it supposed to work? I expect taskbar to stop any highlighting and hide any preview windows when i click into main application window. I have latest drivers and fully updated system if that helps.

Posted On: 2010-03-07 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Program Icons Reverting To "windows Default" Icons

Some of my icons have reverted to the windows default icon, regardless of where they are placed (quicklaunch/startmenu/random folders). I have searched the forums for solutions and found several ideas. They do not disappear after a certain time, they just simply didn't appear one day. The last program/game i installed was alien vs predator. Uninstalled that one without any effect.

Posted On: 2010-03-15 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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I installed my oldbrother hl-1440 yesterday, and ended up with two icons, hl-1440 and hl-1440 (copy 1).copy 1 works fine, but the other one shows a ! And doesn't work. I tried removing it but it reappears. How do i get rid of it? When i began the install, i started with a usb+printer plug(looks like it would go into a motherboard card slot). That failed. After a couple of tries with brother tech, they said i needed a usb a/b cable. That worked. P. S. I do not understand why i do not get notified when someone responds. I've checked the alertme icon.

Posted On: 2010-04-02 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Taskbar Icons

With windows explorer, when i have multiple tabs, open, the taskbar shows one icon and when i hover on it, the open windows are shown as thumbnails from left to right. I want them stacked one above the other with no thumbnail showing. Is that an option?

I have the same issue with outlook, i usually have about 8 or 9 open emails and it is hard to find the one i was working on, because i have to scan the top of the thumbnail to look for the relevant email. Let me know if there is one way i can change the default on all windows applications.


Posted On: 2009-05-19 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Desktop Icons

How can i keep windows 7 from moving around desktop icons, be they shortcuts or folders, when i add new ones. It's  very frustrating to not have control over where specific icons appear. I want to be able to 'permanently' pin a specific icon to a specific location on my desktop so i don't have to go hunting for it and then waste a lot of time trying to get it back to where i want it!  I also like to use blank space between icons on my desktop to help me organize them, windows apparently does not like me to do that.

Posted On: 2010-01-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Icons Disappear

When i had the win7 rc my desktop icons would regularly disappear. There were several questions about it in the win7 rc forums, but nothing was ever done. I finally bought and loaded a new full version of win7 ultimate 64 bit. I've had it for over 3 months now and today my desktop icons disappeared. These are not unused icons. Most of them are games or folders i use almost every day. I looked in the logs and found nothing to show when it happened or how. I still wonder if there is a desktop clean up app (like xp had), and if there is how do i turn it off. This is not a major problem, but it is really annoying. Please address this problem, i know others are having the same trouble.

Posted On: 2010-03-21 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

All Program Icons Have Been Replaced

Windows media center opens no matter what program i want to open. All program icons on start up page have been replaced by microsoft office icon. Mozilla firefox icon has disappeared.

Posted On: 2010-08-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Taskbar With Pinned Icons

I awoke the other day to find my computer at the log in screen. Apparently there was an update overnight and the computer restarted. When i tried to type in my password i found that the computer was frozen. I restarted it and when it came back the taskbar with my pinned programm icons was gone. I cannot figure out how to fix it. I tried a system restore to a few days before but that did not bring back the pinned icons. I came up with a temp fix but would rather have it working like it should. It is a fresh install of win7.

Posted On: 2010-04-27 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Desktop Icons Do Not Work

I recently downloaded and installed ie8. Unfortunately because my computer is 8 years old i could not run ie8 effectively. I uninstalled and deleted ie8 and downloaded and reinstalled ie7. Now some of my desktop icons that link to such sites as financial institutions and other websites do not connect to those sites. I can connect to my email accounts and internet explorer. Was there something in the reloading of ie7 that disabled these desktop icon links? I am running windows xp.

Posted On: 2009-07-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Taskbar Icons Disappear

I have spent hours on virtually every help site for an answer to this problem. On various days (no pattern), when i start using computer (which is always on), all the icons from my taskbar have disappeared. I found one solution to the problem which is to start task manager, end explorer.exe process, then run explorer.exe again. This brings back all the icons. But this is a tedious thing to do.

And no one has given any explanation for why this happens and what explorer.exe has to do with it. This happens on my desktop which i upgraded to windows 7 from vista. My laptop, which came with windows 7 installed, does not have this problem. I have run several virus programs; no viruses found. Is this a windows 7 problem? A general microsoft problem? I keep up to date with updates. So what in the world is the problem? I'd really like an answer from someone who knows what (s)he is talking about.


Posted On: 2010-05-18 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-04 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .