Need help with ghosted program icons on desktop in Windows


Bigbadjon303

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Hi All,

This is my first post, so hello from Sheffield in the UK.

I'm reaching out for help with a minor, but irritating issue.

Whenever I boot my PC up, the program Icons on my desktop are blank "Ghosted". If I toggle on view/ show icons, they come straight back. This keeps happening randomly while I'm using it.

I've tried the following fixes:
Rebuilding the icon cache
Performing a DISM Scan
Performing a SFC Scan
Resetting Windows Explorer

Can you advise if there is anything else I can try - it started a couple of months ago....I don't really know what to try next.

Thanks

Jon
 
Windows Build/Version
23H2 (25951.1010)

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor, 3593 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI
    Memory
    16.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon RX550/550 Series
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    55" Samsung TV
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Size 930.76 GB (999,399,792,640 bytes)
    PSU
    Corsair
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    Noctua
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    130 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    I've got an external Sound interface which is a focusrite 4i4 - I use this PC for Music Production (hence the crap GFX Card!!)
Hello Jon, welcome to the forum

Rebuilding the icon cache usually fixes this type of issue. As it didn't, you might like to try
i) checking that your computer has the latest graphics driver, and
ii) run an anti-virus scan
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600
    Motherboard
    MSI B550-A Pro
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon RX 6500XT (8 GB version)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ Mobuiz EX2710Q QHD, Iiyama ProLite X23377HDS
    Hard Drives
    MSI Spatium M461 4TB
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer A114
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4020
Hi Iko22,

Thanks for your reply.

I've just run a Virus check and there was nothing found. I've just checked and I'm running the latest graphics drivers too.
I forgot to mention I also ran Malwarebytes a couple of weeks ago and that didn't find anything either.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor, 3593 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI
    Memory
    16.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon RX550/550 Series
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    55" Samsung TV
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Size 930.76 GB (999,399,792,640 bytes)
    PSU
    Corsair
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    Noctua
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    130 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    I've got an external Sound interface which is a focusrite 4i4 - I use this PC for Music Production (hence the crap GFX Card!!)
You could try and diagnose whether there are any Startup Programs causing conflict, by performing a Clean Boot.

Follow Part 1 of this Tutorial and see if the situation improves:

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600
    Motherboard
    MSI B550-A Pro
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon RX 6500XT (8 GB version)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ Mobuiz EX2710Q QHD, Iiyama ProLite X23377HDS
    Hard Drives
    MSI Spatium M461 4TB
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer A114
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4020
I do think this could be the issue as when I first boot up, the Icons are on the Desktop.
It's after about 30 seconds, they flicker then Grey out.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor, 3593 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI
    Memory
    16.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon RX550/550 Series
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    55" Samsung TV
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Size 930.76 GB (999,399,792,640 bytes)
    PSU
    Corsair
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    Noctua
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    130 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    I've got an external Sound interface which is a focusrite 4i4 - I use this PC for Music Production (hence the crap GFX Card!!)
Hi Iko22,

That worked 100% - so what is the process now?

This is the first-time my icons have not gone blank for ages :-)

Thank you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor, 3593 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI
    Memory
    16.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon RX550/550 Series
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    55" Samsung TV
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Size 930.76 GB (999,399,792,640 bytes)
    PSU
    Corsair
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    Noctua
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    130 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    I've got an external Sound interface which is a focusrite 4i4 - I use this PC for Music Production (hence the crap GFX Card!!)
Next, you need to find which start up program is causing the conflict. I recommend you try Part Two of the same Tutorial, as that will help you.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600
    Motherboard
    MSI B550-A Pro
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon RX 6500XT (8 GB version)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ Mobuiz EX2710Q QHD, Iiyama ProLite X23377HDS
    Hard Drives
    MSI Spatium M461 4TB
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer A114
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4020
Ok, I'll do that. Your a star. Cheers 👍
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor, 3593 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI
    Memory
    16.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon RX550/550 Series
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    55" Samsung TV
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Size 930.76 GB (999,399,792,640 bytes)
    PSU
    Corsair
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    Noctua
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    130 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    I've got an external Sound interface which is a focusrite 4i4 - I use this PC for Music Production (hence the crap GFX Card!!)
Update on my issue - all sorted. The culprit was DROPBOX!!
After following the steps, as soon I disabled it and re-booed, all my icon's were there again.
I thought maybe it was a corrupt installation, so uninstalled my current version and installed a fresh version.
The minute it was installed, my icon's disappeared again.
So I'm now using the Dropbox web version...

Has anyone else had any issues with Dropbox?

Thanks iko22.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor, 3593 Mhz,
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI
    Memory
    16.0 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon RX550/550 Series
    Sound Card
    None
    Monitor(s) Displays
    55" Samsung TV
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Size 930.76 GB (999,399,792,640 bytes)
    PSU
    Corsair
    Case
    Thermaltake
    Cooling
    Noctua
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    130 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    I've got an external Sound interface which is a focusrite 4i4 - I use this PC for Music Production (hence the crap GFX Card!!)

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