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Vista file and icon names missing

by bill673 / November 10, 2013 10:47 PM PST

I have the strangest problem that has just showed up on my PC. All my file and desktop icon names are gone. The desktop icons all show their size in bytes, not their name. In addition, I cannot run certain control panel functions like system or network. This is not the common "show filenames" problem with explorer, I have looked into that. And I have McAffee virus checker running and current.

Any ideas before I have to do a complete reinstall?


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Not sure why we expect an AntiVirus to stop such things.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2013 2:14 PM PST
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missing file names
by bill673 / November 11, 2013 10:36 PM PST

Thank you for the reply. I took a look at the thread and this does not appear to be the problem that I am having. I have text under the icon, but rather than the name, it is a size. For example, under the Adobe Acrobat icon it says "913 bytes". Every icon has a size like this. When I open up an explorer window and search through folders, file and folder names are all missing. This even seems to affect programs, since certain programs can't find files even though they are clearly there.

This appears to be some kind of broken or missing driver. But I am just guessing.

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OK, now I understand the issue better.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2013 10:50 PM PST
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Solution found!
by bill673 / November 12, 2013 3:22 AM PST

I tried the above recommendations and that was not the problem.

I then followed a hunch, and restored the registry to an older version and that appears to have worked! I am not sure what fouled it up, I did install a couple of programs just before it all happened.

But thank you very much for the recommendations.

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Sorry about that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2013 3:48 AM PST
In reply to: Solution found!

But you can guess it's possible to foul it up. I was working as if it was some common setting. I wonder what those apps you wrote about are. Let's hope none are PC Cleaners are registry related.

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