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blast from the past!

by xjmpr / November 15, 2006 8:21 PM PST

I installed Tweak UI. My OS is Windows XP HE sp2 on a Dell 4500 series. I tweaked the icons so as to lose the arrows. Now what I have are old version icons and system folders. I tried reversing the effect but had no success. I uninstalled the program in hopes of everything returning to normal Nope. Is there a way to fix this ? I've allready tried going through the properties on the icons and folders. No help there either !

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Re: blast from the past!
by Tufenuf / November 15, 2006 9:09 PM PST
In reply to: blast from the past!

xjmpr, Try starting your computer in SAFE mode then restart it in Normal mode. This will rebuild the iconcache.db file and may correct the problem.

How to Start Windows in Safe Mode


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blast from the past
by xjmpr / November 16, 2006 4:27 AM PST

Tufenuf, thanks for trying but no cigar.On to the next one.Thanks again for your advise. xjmpr

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Re: blast from the past
by Tufenuf / November 16, 2006 5:10 AM PST
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xjmpr, Can you explain what you mean by the "Now what I have are old version icons and system folders". Do you mean that they are the correct shortcuts but have the small arrow on them now ot that they don't have the small arrow on them and you want the arrow. Do you still have Tweak UI installed? Post back.


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by xjmpr / November 16, 2006 7:32 PM PST

Tufenuf, the folders look larger and flatter.The icons wont revert when I use the Desktop method or click on the properties to change icon on the icon itself. It retains the change that was made.That goes for all of my icons on the desktop.I sent the icon to the recycle bin,the new looking icon was not there,my old one was there! Yes, I still have Tweak UI.

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Re: icons,folders
by Tufenuf / November 16, 2006 8:27 PM PST
In reply to: icons,folders

xjmpr, Try the following:

1.Right-click Desktop, choose Properties, Appearance Tab.

2.Click Advanced button, choose Icon from the drop-down list

3.Set it's size to 31 and press OK, OK

Repeat the steps (1-3) and set the Icon size to 32 (defaults)

More at the link below.


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another way
by Hagrun / November 16, 2006 1:05 AM PST
In reply to: blast from the past!

You can restore default icons, but it's a bit lengthier then the method mentioned in the previous post. Give this a shot if the other way doesn't work.

1. Right-click an empty area of the desktop and choose "Properties".

2. When the "Display Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Desktop" tab.

3. Click the "Customize Desktop" button.

4. A "Desktop Items" dialog box will appear. Make sure the "General" tab is selected.

5. Choose an icon to change back.

6. Click "Restore Default".

7. Click "OK" on the dialog boxes to close them.


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blast from the past
by xjmpr / November 16, 2006 6:34 PM PST
In reply to: another way

No help there either Nate, thanks anyway.

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If all the others fail you might try...
by glenn30 / November 16, 2006 5:47 AM PST
In reply to: blast from the past!

A System Restore to before the action was taken. Dunno but worth a try! Wink

Good luck,


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