I wasn't able to dive into this issue when I created it on another box, but rather deleted the malfunctioning icon and made a new one.
There are similar issues like this if one ran a REPAIR install of Windows 2000, but that was not mentioned.
NEW PESTS are making IE much too dangerous for me to use except for Windows Update. Your choice to continue using this timebomb.
Let's start with IEFIX and see if it helps from http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/IEFIX.htm
Operating W2K, 2500 processor, 1024 MB RAM. Before the trouble started I ran Spybot S&D and it found the same items it finds everyday, most having to do with cookies. I keep cookies cleaned out. I opened Explorer, found no cookies, did Disk Cleanup on all partitions.
First thing I noticed going wrong was when I attempted to launch a program from one of my three tool bars at the bottom of the screen and the icon didn't work. Desktop icons wouldn't launch any program either. I rebooted hoping that would solve the problem. It didn't and in addition my three tool bars were gone. And a couple of items from the System Tray.
My Computer icon is there but labeled Folder. So is My Network Connection. Double clicking My Computer opens it and the usual is there except (what is) Control Panel has a weird icon and is labeled Folder. I right click and then Open to get the list of items in Control Panels. Most work, the two I know that don't work are Add and Remove Programs and Administrative Tools.
Learned that right clicking icons on desktop and choosing Open will launch the program. Same in Programs from the Start button. Also anything I put in the Quick Launch bar. Folders on Desktop open with one click.
Device Manager shows no yellow or dups. Some of the menus don't look right, for instance some have Explore listed twice, Open listed twice, Open by FinePixView listed twice, etc.
On reboot half way through the Windows music it 'breaks' and just dribbles away, a little like static.
I typed sfc /scannow in Run and rebooted. I got a window named "Window File Protection" that said: Files that are required for Windows to run properly must be copied to the DLL Cache. Insert your Windows 2000 Professional CD now. I did that and while it whirled away Windows verified that all protected Windows files were intact and in the original version. Didn't help.
I deleted ShellIconCache in WINNT, rebooted, didn't help.
What else can I try or does anyone know the answer? I'm sorry this is so long but wanted to give as much info as I could remember.