My desktop icons have gone white and do not work as shortcuts

The desktop icons have gone white and do not work as shortcuts. Right click on the desktop does nothing.
 

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Last updated June 8, 2018 Views 1,377 Applies to:
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Hi,

Try a System Restore to before the problem.

"Using Windows 7 or Vista System Restore"

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/using-windows-vista-system-restore/

 

Read this Microsoft information and use their Mr. Fixit

"Fix broken desktop shortcuts and common system maintenance tasks"

http://support.microsoft.com/mats/system_maintenance_for_windows

 

Cheers.

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Bill Smithers - Microsoft MVP July 2013 - June 2019

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The desktop icons have gone white and do not work as shortcuts. Right click on the desktop does nothing.


Try rebuild your icon cache. It could be corrupted.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/117229-icon-cache-rebuild.html

 

Also, you might want to see if there is corruption in some of your system files.

Use this tutorial to do system file check. It will try to do repair if any found.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66978-system-files-sfc-command.html

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