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  1. LMAO Thank you, I really needed that.
  2. Damn, you are a miracle worker. All the icons are back in there place and shining like brand new. I take it this is the line you were talking about that showed the problem: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\RestrictCpl] "1"=- The main thing I don't understand is how this could have happened if it wasn't done by CCleaner, I run Norton on a regular basis, there is no one else who has access to my computer besides my dog (she's smart, but not that smart) and if it came in some attachment somehow wouldn't Norton have picked up on it when it scans my mail or wouldn't it still be showing as a virus or worm or whatever when I do a full system scan? Do you see why I think it is CCleaner that did it, I just don't see how it could be anything else. I promise though that if I find it was done some other way I will come back and post my findings in this same thread, I don't want to be accusing some program if it wasn't the cause. I will admit that I have been receiving a lot of .dat and a couple of .doc files from friends in the last few days but like I said earlier I would think Norton would have found any problems and I still have all those files so the system scan should have picked up on it. I have one more thing to ask if you don't mind a great deal, how do I go about deleting the second user account I created to see if the icons would appear there? I have to say thank you one more time for all the help you have given me, there is no way I would have ever found out what the problem was let alone being able to correct it. You have my utmost gratitude. I was just about to the point where I was going to call DELL and get some money's worth out of that expensive contract it bought from them, but oh how I hate sitting on the phone with them. Keith
  3. TheFiresInTheSky, here is what came up in Notepad after running what you asked for: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] "NoDriveTypeAutoRun"=dword:00000091 "NoDrives"=dword:00000000 "NoViewOnDrive"=dword:00000000 "NoDriveAutoRun"=hex:ff,ff,ff,03 "NoLogoff"=dword:00000000 "RestrictCpl"=dword:00000001 "NoWindowsUpdate"=dword:00000000 "StartMenuLogOff"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun] [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\RestrictCpl] "1"="desk.cpl" [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\RestrictRun] Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] pwillener, thank you for explaining about saving to a .bat files. And to answer your question about AntiVirus software, yes I do have Norton Internet Security which I make it a habit of running a full system scan every two or three days with my antivirus profiles being updated daily. One of the first things I did after this happened was to run a full system scan, and the reason I said it was CCleaner is as I said before, right after using CCleaner is when I noticed this problem. I put 2+2 together and came up with CCleaner, I don't know if this is right or wrong but that's what I came up with. I do know from past experience (you would think I'd learn) that when you start deleting files from the regisrty things like this are possible. I will take a look at the article you sent the link too and there we are again, I know I didn't make any changes to my security settings. Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to argue with you all I am doing is following the trail backwards. Thank you non the less.
  4. One more thing before I go. I created a new user account and gave it admin. rights like you had written about and then scratched out. The end result is when I opened the control panel in this new account the icons were all there to be seen in their glory. I hope this helps you in some way. Keith
  5. I know how to copy/paste into Notepad but how do you save it into a .bat file and then run it, the only type of file I can see to save it into is a .txt file. You are starting to get way over my head with some of this, when it comes to this stuff you can call me Forrest Gump. To answer the question you had lined out, yes I am running Windows XP Home Edition. I am going to be away from my computer for three or four hours but I will check back in later tonight, so If you can think of anything else you want me to do later be sure to spell it out very carefully. Once again, I greatly appreciate all the help you have been giving me with this problem, I know there are probably other things you would rather be doing. Thanks, Keith
  6. This is what I get when I click on an item in category view, not all the items just most of them. The ones that don't open this window end up opening the window just like clicking on the icon. When I click Run > sysdm.cpl, ncpa.cpl, odbccp32.cpl, etc. the window for that item opens just as if I were clicking on the icon. Just to save a little time, I have system administrator rights, that's part of the reason the above image makes no sense. Eveything is as it should be except the icons are missing. I have tried going into Windows > System > sysdm.cpl, ncpa.cpl, etc. and creating shortcuts to each item and then tried to put the shortcuts into the control panel but they won't take.
  7. I hope this is what you were wanting an image of, I couldn't think of anything else you would want although I don't know of what help this can be.
  8. I did as you suggested, it took about 45 minutes to do all the checking, the end result is that it did not replace the icons. It was a good try and I had my fingers crossed the whole time but I am still open to any more ideas. By the way, I finally got the System Restore to work, I didn't know I had to be in Safe Mode for it to do it's thing, I guess my machine is kind of picky that way. I tried running SR three times in normal mode with no good results but I ran it one time in Safe Mode and it worked perfectly, well except for the fact that it didn't restore the icons. I really do appreciate all the ideas everyone is coming up with to help me out and I am not giving up yet as long as you don't. Thank You, Keith
  9. Yes I tried System Restore, unfortunetly this is one feature of Windows XP that has never worked on my computer. Don't ask me why it doesn't, it just doesn't. Before you ask, yes it is turned on and no, I didn't use any other programs between the time I used CCleaner and the icons disappeared, that's why I said CCleaner caused it. If I sound a tad frustated it's because I am. Look's like my last resort is going to be a "Repair Installation", hope that doesn't screw something else up.
  10. Thank you for the suggestions but neither one worked. With the first one I went to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load, where according to the instructions the missing icons were supposed to appear in the right pane only they were not there for me to recover. The second suggestion led me to a download that was supposed to restore the registry so the icons would appear back in the control panel, but that did not work either. So now I am open to any more ideas, thanks for trying.
  11. I would like to know what happened to the icons in my Control Panel, they were all showing until I ran CCleaner now the only icon in there is Display. Could CCleaner have changed me from Administrative to a regular user, if so how do I change it back. I have already reversed the registry backup with no effect. Wtf, every time I try one of these types of programs my computer ends up not right, it really would be nice if someone could design a program like this that doesn't end up screwing my computer over. Would someone have any idea of how to fix this mess, I would really appreciate some help. Thank You
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