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Zerachiel

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Hey, this is my first post here, so I apologize in advance if I break any sort of rules, or don't include enough information with my post.

Here's the problem:

I'm running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. I've never had a problem with the computer before, besides some annoying adware that I removed and that hasn't shown up since.

Recently, I noticed that the icons for folders were not showing up properly, nor were the icons for EXE files. All other icons are displaying properly. Instead, I have a generic "Page with a window inside it" icon, as if the folders and EXEs are unrecognized file types.

Just to be clear, ALL FOLDERS AND EXE FILES RUN PROPERLY, despite the fact that the icons are not showing up. I can open folders, and run anything inside them just fine. The EXEs also run fine.

I've tried reapplying the default icon to the folders with no luck. EXE files can be reapplied, though they seem to disappear on a system restart. I was able to choose an alternate icon for a folder, from the default list, but the original "Folder" appearance will not apply. I've run AVG and Ad-Aware, and removed anything suspicious, checked Add/Remove Programs for any suspicious software, and have tried System Restore once to attempt to undo any changes that might have been made.

I would prefer not to System Restore further back in history, but I'm about to try it. I doubt it'd work though.

I was wondering if anyone has heard of this problem before, and could possibly offer some insight. If you need a screenshot of my desktop, for reference, I can include it in a later post. Let me know.

Thanks in advance,
-Jon
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You may need to do more beyond this, however, this will replace system files which may be part of the problem

Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD

Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this

Check the anti virus is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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All right, I'll try some of what you said. I'm pretty sure I left my CDs at another location though, if the computer came with them at all. I dont' know why it wouldn't. It was factory default though, so eh.

Is it worth it to do any of this, until I can get my hands on the CDs?

Also, if I have the Service Pack installed, I need a Service Pack CD? The original XP CDs won't work?

Thankfully, this is not causing any catastrophic problems, though it's pretty annoying to look at for the time being.

Thanks for the help,
-Jon

Edit: Oh, is there any chance I'd be able to download the individual files I'd need to do this?

Edited by Zerachiel, 03 December 2006 - 12:16 AM.

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The only bit which will possibly require the CD is the system file check (sfc /scannow)

You can still run it, click skip if it asks for the CD, if it keeps asking, click cancel

If it kept asking, there are a number of system files missing and these can only be replaced from a same version as was originally installed CD

sfc /scannow is unlikely to replace files from a service pack CD

The rest you can run
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