Solutions to blank icons problem in Windows® 7
What are the various tips to fix the blank icon problem in Windows 7?
Windows 7 blank icons is a serious problem where you cannot find the data saved in the icons. The icons appear empty when you open them. Damage to icon cache data base can cause this problem. It occurs when you create a new icon on the desktop where an icon was created and placed by a user earlier. Then your icon would become blank with white color and the data content saved in it would be lost. Rebuild your icon cache data base with the system management utilities to access the icons. You can manually reset the blank icons in the following way - Use the path C:Users\AppDatalocal to see the hidden data in the blank icon. Then move to 'Organize', click the 'Folder and search' options and then go to 'View'. Choose 'Hidden files, folders and files'. Then you have to uncheck the Operating System files that are protected by hide feature. Delete the icon cache database that is corrupted in the hidden folder and make a new file by the same name with attribute read only. After restarting your System, delete the attribute read only from the newly created icon cache data base. Then 'Refresh'.
Tips to restore data items in blank icons from different places are given below:
- Recover icon contents from desktop view
- Recovery from icon settings
- Group policy editor
Recover icon contents from desktop view
Sometimes, the user finds that the contents of an icon are missing. He may de-select the 'Show desktop icons' and that’s why he can’t access it. You can retrieve the contents of the blank icons by right clicking anywhere on the blank space on the desktop. Get the 'View' menu from the 'Contextual' menu. Check whether there is a mark on the left of the icons. If you don’t see any such marks, you have to click on 'Show desk top icons'. This we do to restore the icons. The blank icons would come back automatically.
Recovery from icon settings
If you have selected the 'Show desktop icons' and still the contents are not seen or the icons are missing, right click the desktop and select the option 'Personalize'. You have to click 'Change desktop icons' in the Windows. The 'Desktop icon settings' would open. You can use another path to get to the same option. Click the 'Appearance and personalization' option from the 'Control panel' in the 'Start' menu. Select 'Appearance and personalization'; then 'Change desktop icons' would appear and you get 'Desktop icon settings'. Then select 'Choose the icons you want to display'. Click 'Ok'.
You can also recover the contents of the blank icons from the 'Group policy editor'. Click the 'Start 'menu. Go to the 'Computer' and right click it. The 'Properties' option would appear. Check whether your system is any of the following versions - Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional or Enterprise. This is because this feature is seen only in the above versions. You have to type gpedit.msc in the 'Instant search' box in the 'Start' menu and then press 'Enter'. Then you have to click the administrative templates in user configuration. Double click the 'Remove name' icon, where name denotes the place and where the icon is missing. Click the 'Setting tab,' go to 'Not configured,' and click 'Ok'.
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