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Member Since: ‎11-21-2009
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Desktop icons all look the same

My desktop icons all look the same. They all have a small blue "e" in front of a white square?? Like if it is read only> When I click on an icon, a window opens and notifies me that the Internet Explorer is not working...Windows is looking for a solution.  iTunes, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, eBay, Windows Media Player,etc...they are different programs and I lost their icons.  All the icons for all the programs look the same on the desktop and the Start Menu.

How can I change back to their individual icons and open them.  I can't open anything now.

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Re: Desktop icons all look the same

Ana, what is the make/model of your computer and OS.  We will be able to help you better with this information.

HP TouchPad - 1.2 GHz; 1 GB memory; 32 GB storage; WebOS/CyanogenMod 11(Kit Kat)

HP Phoenix 860-170VR; i7-6700K 4.0 GHz; 8 GB DDR4 memory; Samsung EVO 840 500 GB SSD; Radeon R9-390X video card; Win 10 Home

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet w/Travel Keyboard and Stylus; Core m3 processor; 4 GB DDR4 memory; Samsung 128 GB SSD; Audio by
Bang & Olufsen; Win 10 Home

HP Photosmart 7520 AIO

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Member Since: ‎06-22-2010
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Re: Desktop icons all look the same

Did you ever get this problem resolved? I am having the same problem.

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Re: Desktop icons all look the same

Missing desktop icons W7 and VISTA read here

HP DV9700, t9300, Nvidia 8600, 4GB, Crucial C300 128GB SSD
HP ENVY 17t Touch,i7-6500u,6GB, 256 GB SSD (on loan)
HP Photosmart 6520, HP Deskjet 1112
HP Touchpad, HP Chromebook 11
Custom i7-4790k, Z97, 16GB 2400 MHz DDR3, Intel 750 PCI-E SSD, (2)Samsung EVO 840 SSD, Corsair HX650, GTX 980TI, Corsair H75 water cooler
Windows 10 Pro in UEFI mode - production system
Windows 7 and 8 in UEFI mode - test systems
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Member Since: ‎12-26-2010
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Re: Desktop icons all look the same

I have the same issue, and have no clue what to do. Can you help?

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