Windows 10: Windows 10 shows text but no icons. Help needed

  1.    12 Dec 2016 #1

    Windows 10 shows text but no icons. Help needed


    so one day i mad my little brother an account so he can play games without messing with my stuff and once the account boot up every account on the system was like the picture down below. i thought it was a redgedit problem so I restored windows keeping my stuff and that seemed to fix it. a week went by i woke up got on my computer loged on and the problem seems to be back.
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  2.    12 Dec 2016 #2

    Welcome to the Ten forum.

    I might suggest this sounds like your Icon Cache. You can search Icon Cache within the forum. I believe you will find symptoms like yours.

    To rebuild please reference Brink's tutorial on icon cache rebuild.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5645-icon-cache-rebuild-windows-10-a.html
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  3.    12 Dec 2016 #3

    Rebuilding the Icon Cache will not fix this issue. I experienced the exact same when creating another user also repeated on a third user. There was a registry error on the third user first boot but I did not get a chance to read it before it went away.
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  4.    12 Dec 2016 #4

    SonicBlue can I ask how you final resolved. Did you do a re-install or a repair Windows? Thanks
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  5.    12 Dec 2016 #5

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    SonicBlue can I ask how you final resolved. Did you do a re-install or a repair Windows? Thanks
    Sorry, I have not resolved the issue yet. I deleted the new accounts. I will get back to it soon.
    Question: Did you create basic account or did you create a Microsoft account?
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  6.    13 Dec 2016 #6

    SonicBlue the first time it happened was when making a local user and then i restored windows keeping my stuff and the second time i just turned on my pc and the problem returned.
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  7.    13 Dec 2016 #7

    I continued to look for solutions as the issue does seem common. I came across this solution.

    http://www.top-password.com/blog/fix-desktop-icons-show-only-text-in-windows-10/


    It talks to renaming / deleting this specific key. I would rename.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons

    I did not test this solution. I will say I checked three of my Window 10 machines and I don't have this key, nor do I have the problem of only seeing text.

    I'm presenting for discussion. Thoughts or comments?

    Anyone taking this action should obviously make a backup of the registry or even an Image with Macrium before proceeding to ensure they can restore.
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  8.    13 Dec 2016 #8

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    I continued to look for solutions as the issue does seem common. I came across this solution.

    http://www.top-password.com/blog/fix-desktop-icons-show-only-text-in-windows-10/


    It talks to renaming / deleting this specific key. I would rename.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons
    I did not test this solution. I will say I checked three of my Window 10 machines and I don't have this key, nor do I have the problem of only seeing text.
    I'm presenting for discussion. Thoughts or comments?
    Anyone taking this action should obviously make a backup of the registry or even an Image with Macrium before proceeding to ensure they can restore.
    I also saw that and another thread in the SevenForum stating to add this value to that key
    C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll,29
    But I don't believe that will solve this problem!

    Edit: That Key is in the registry.
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