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Honor Student
Posts: 2
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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Provost
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Member Since: ‎11-21-2008
Message 2 of 5 (4,095 Views)

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

HP Omen X; i7-6700K; 16 GB DDR4 2133; GTX 1070; 256 GB SSD M.2; Win 10 Home

HP Spectre 360 Convertible; i7-7560U; 16 GB memory; Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 640; 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD; 13.3" diagonal 4K UHD UWVA eDP BrightView WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (3840 x 2160); Windows 10 Pro 64 with Windows Ink

HP Photosmart 7520 AIO

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Student
Posts: 1
Member Since: ‎06-22-2010
Message 3 of 5 (3,421 Views)

Re: Desktop icons all look the same

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

Provost
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Member Since: ‎07-17-2009
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Re: Desktop icons all look the same

Missing desktop icons W7 and VISTA read here

HP Envy 17t-ae100 CTO,
HP Photosmart 6520 and HP Deskjet 1112
Custom 1151 socket Z270 Intel i7-7700k @4,600 Mhz, 16GB Corsair 3000 Mhz dimms
Corsair H75 water cooler, Corsair CS 650M power supply
RAID 0 (dual Samsung 960 EVO m.2 240GB) boot system
Dual Samsung 840 EVO SSDs 500GB data storage, Intel 750 PCIe SSD 400GB
MSI NVIDIA GTX 980TI 6GB
ASUS ROG PG279q @144 MHz
Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 Pro x64 in UEFI mode
Student
Posts: 1
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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