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,