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Win8 Control Panel Empty-My Docs-Library problem

  1. #31


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It may have been part of his Toshiba package.

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  2. #32


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ok, read his solution:

    Actual solution
    Turns out, the problem was related to a corrupt desktop icon. After deletion of all desktop icons, the problem was solved.
    - Which brings me back to Yamicsoft Windows 8 Manager - You can download it from their website, install it and run the trial.

    Get into the Icon Repair tools I posted, run them, and let me know if it fixes it for you.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 50
    Windows 8


    I've never heard of Acronis True Image 2013. I hope you get yours resolved Libraemy.
    Ok. I might try it later--when later is I don't know (icon "fix"). I've been busy since my last post on other things. Thanks XweAponX. Thanks Libremy. I'm not planning to do a reset yet, partially because don't know what is going on the holiday long weekend.

    Remember, as with some others, my problem is intermittent. It may not occur if the computer is on a short bit just looking online or whatever. I, like another, don't know how to force the error. This was explained in my other posts.

    Thanks guys.
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  4. #34


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    The Intermittent aspect of your problem is what has me boggled, and now that I know you have a toshiba I'll bet it is one of the programs that came with the computer, the Toshiba Programs. Try the Fix in the Windows Manager program, I'm sure you can do the same fixes other ways, but Yamicsoft Windows Manager has them all on one easily found place, it's a good program, I use it a lot. And I'll bet if you increase your Icon Cache, this problem may stop.
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  5. #35


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    CPWIN8

    Im trying to duplicate your problem with no success, I may need to reboot for it to take effect..

    This is what ive found as far as a similar issue, please check to see if this exists in your setup, meanwhile I am continuing to try to get my control panel to not show icons.

    My control panel is blank [Solved]
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  6. #36


    Posts : 50
    Windows 8


    Thanks, Brooklyn567. I don't know that anyone wants to duplicate it! On the other note, I've already tried things related to that web page. There's been lots of searching and nothing "WOW, that's it!" has popped up. There is one solution (may or may not be) on page 3 in a list I made of links. I will work on that when I get a chance (regarding icons). Again, the intermittent nature makes me have to wait for it to appear. I can't force it (don't know how). This complicates applying the possible "solutions" if one wants to know the eureka moment precisely, if I ever get there. Sometimes it takes a while to appear. Very confusing.

    I don't doubt your knowledge but I know for sure that those same Toshiba items having been running from day one.

    I'll do my best to figure it out but after this next weekend, I will probably result to the "nuclear option" to see if that helps. I've also said that from the beginning as to not lead anyone on into working too much on this for me. I do appreciate the help and will try to address the options already noted. It was one thing when scanning--you get an error/threat or not--in my case not. Other options have to be tried and then I have to wait an indeterminate amount of time to see if it helped.

    Thanks.
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  7. #37


    Posts : 50
    Windows 8


    Downloaded the Yamicsoft Windows 8 Manager. Can't get to that right now. Just thought I'd add another oddity. Another person (don't remember where I read it now and don't have time to look) said in a forum that when his windows (My Docs, My computer, Control Panel etc...) had icon problems, and he opened a second "File Explorer," the second showed icons correctly. Somehow I just remembered that--I've been reading a lot on this and my problem is intermittent. I just thought of it before when it happened. So, my windows (My Docs, etc.,Control Panel) were missing the icons as told before (see pics in post 1). I opened File Explorer and it was not showing the proper icons (as other times)--posted a pic below to make my point again. Then, like this other person, I opened another File Explorer (I right-clicked the File Explorer on the task bar, clicked "File Explorer" to open another one.), and like that person, the second one appears correctly (both are now on screen--one good (icons correct), one bad (just empty sheet with corner folded down--see pic)). I then close the one bad File Explorer. I open other windows (Computer, Docs) and Control Panel, and the icons are back to normal! So, this is the case with both me and this other person. Crazy. This is not a solution, just another odd effect. It has shown it can return.

    --File Explorer: Incorrect and Correct pics
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails empty library.jpg   file exp correct 8forums.jpg  
    Last edited by CPWin8; 03 Jul 2013 at 04:21.
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  8. #38


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CPWin8 View Post
    Another person (don't remember where I read it now and don't have time to look) said in a forum that when his windows (My Docs, My computer, Control Panel etc...) had icon problems, and he opened a second "File Explorer," the second showed icons correctly.
    This was me (look page 2).

    Indeed, the problem is intermitent, that's why I didn't want to confirm too early that it was solved. But after one day of intense use, I can be almost positive: the Acronis application was making this problem on my laptop. Somehow, even if you don't use this software, it must have create the same bug that you encounter. Unfortunately, I have no idea of which changes this software is doing exactly...

    One thing is sure, I had the exact same problem and this change solved it!
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  9. #39


    Posts : 50
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by libraemy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CPWin8 View Post
    Another person (don't remember where I read it now and don't have time to look) said in a forum that when his windows (My Docs, My computer, Control Panel etc...) had icon problems, and he opened a second "File Explorer," the second showed icons correctly.
    This was me (look page 2).

    Haha! Thanks, Libraemy. I've been reading so much. Proof my brains are now scrambled! I'm not only searching the internet in general, but have posts on multiple forums, the others "official" to the products. Obviously, no "solution" elsewhere, only a response to asking about the icon cache noted here in an earlier post. That person, as previously noted, thinks it could be related to the icon cache. That is why I posted previously where there are command prompt lines related to that.

    You also noted, "Actually I read on a french forum a guy who had the same problem and apparently solved this issue by removing a corrupted file on his drive (The explorer might crash when it creates its thumbnail or something like that)."
    I hope I'm on the right track.

    I was "lucky" you came along because of your details and pictures.

    Well, just checking in. I hope to figure something before I do the PC "Reset."

    Thanks again.
    -------------------------
    Eventually, I'll get to the Windows 8 Manager.

    Let's remember, whatever it is, it survived the PC "refresh." (noted in post 1)
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  10. #40


    Posts : 50
    Windows 8


    Ok. I've used Windows 8 Manager to: Restore icons of a special folder, rebuild the icon cache, increase the icon cache size a bit, and fix icon thumbnails (no pic below). Note: I did all of them at once because the problem is intermittent and each time I'd have to wait a completely unknown length of time for the problem to occur. One at a time might have been best for analysis, but it is unrealistic today.

    Now we'll see what happens. I hope doing this didn't hurt anything. I don't know when I'll have an answer.

    Pics below:
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails icons special folder were fixed.jpg   icon cache rebuilt.jpg   new icon cache size.jpg  
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