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Unable to open desktop icons

Hello all. Hope someone can help with this strange issue thats driving me nuts. I have windows 7 64 -bit installed. I use IE 64 bit but use IE 32 bit for youtube etc as there isnt a 64bit version of adobe flash player available at the moment. Now the problem is that after I have closed IE 32 bit I am unable to highlight or open any programmes using the desktop icons. I can open them using the start menu. This problem doesnt exist after using IE 64 bit. Other account users on the family pc do not have this problem which led me to think that I have a virus or something like that. I have scanned the pc with AVG, Search and Destroy and Malwarebytes but nothing showed up. I have noticed that when I go to shut down the pc a message appears saying "waiting for background programmes to close". I cancel the shut down and check task manager which shows no programmes running. This has only started happening in the last week or so. I have installed a new microsoft keyboard and Logitech mouse but surely that will not be the cause as other users of the pc dont have this problem.
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The old new thing.

If you google XP CORRUPT PROFILE you find out that profiles can get corrupt and one sign is one account has issues and the others work.

-> Keep researching and you find no repair tools for corrupt profiles. The advice is the same as always so to let you do the research I won't write how to deal with corrupt profiles.

My parting comment to MSFT is they could have done better on this issue.

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Unable to open desktop icons

Hi Bob
Thanks for taking the time to reply. The problem is now resolved thanks to Microsoft support who instructed me to manually re-set IE settings. I can post the solution if required which may be useful to others.

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My bet

Is they used that reset button in IE8. It's a shame the corrupt profile issue remains to this day.

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