How to Fix Corrupt Drive Icons Problem in My Computer Window?

Many times we face a strange problem in Windows. When we open My Computer, one or more drives show some other icons instead of the default drive icons.

It happens when we accidentally change the drive icons using some tweaking software. Sometimes its done by virus.

Don't worry. There is a very simple and small method to fix this problem and you can restore the default drive icons.

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to:


2. Under this key, you'll see a key "DriveIcons". Delete it and log off or restart your Windows.


3. It'll solve the problem and you'll get back default drive icons in My Computer.

NOTE: You can also try the solution given in point 3 and point 19 in following tutorial:

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  • VG

    ^^ Please share a screenshot to better understand your problem.

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  • VG

    ^^ Check solution of point 3:

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  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

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  • VG

    ^^ Enable "Show hidden files" option and disable "Hide protected system files" option in Folder Options. Then open C: drive and make sure no desktop.ini, folder.htt and autorun.inf file exists there. If you find, delete it.

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  • VG

    ^^ Try to run sfc /scannow command as mentioned in Point 4:

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  • VG

    ^^ I'll advise you to first post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

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  • VG

    ^^ Try solution of point 3 in following topic:

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  • VG

    ^^ Please check the solution given in my above comment.

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  • VG

    ^^ Please post the full path of that key first before deleting it.

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    I am trying to fix the same icons problem using this method.

    I am getting stuck at the beginning, I cannot open the REGEDIT program. The icon is wrong. I do not know how to open it.

    Please assist

  • Hello sir,
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    So, Please Help me I HAVE TRIED SO MANY TIMES TO OPEN reg edit and gpedit.msc but whenever i try some pop up message in a form of an error comes.

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  • VG

    ^^ Try solution of points 2 and 3:

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  • Hello Dude
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  • VG

    ^^ You can enable "Show hidden files and folder" option and disable "Hide protected system files" option in Folder Options. Now you'll be able to see the folder. Then open folder properties and uncheck hidden attribute.

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  • VG

    ^^ Post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

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  • VG

    ^^ Did you try to repair icon cache as mentioned at the end of the tutorial?

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  • VG

    ^^ Nothing can be done. But you can try file recovery software such as following:

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  • VG

    ^^ Check solutions of point 3 and 19 in following topic:

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  • VG

    ^^ Check point 25:

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  • VG

    ^^ Try the solution of point 3 and 19:

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  • VG

    ^^ Try following:

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  • VG

    ^^ Please provide more details. What do you mean by stop? Does it shut down or stop responding?

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  • VG

    ^^ Please post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

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  • VG

    ^^ Does it happen with a particular filetype, shortcut, folders or all files?

  • VG

    ^^ Right-click on a file and check which option is set as default. The default option would be shown in BOLD letters. If open is set as default, try to click on it and check whether the file opens or you still get delete dialog box.

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  • VG

    ^^ It seems the default option to open files/shortcuts has been set to Delete in your Windows, Thats why whenever you are trying to open something, you are getting delete dialog box, You can try to repair windows using setup disc to fix this issue.

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    Could you please help me to solve this problem...

    Thank you for your great help......

  • VG

    ^^ First post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

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    what can i do ? awaiting for your valuable replay

    Thank you

  • VG

    ^^ Sorry but I cant understand your problem. Please provide proper details.

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  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

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  • VG

    ^^ Show Desktop icon is used to minimize all running program windows so that you can look at the Desktop.

  • Dear Sir,

    One of my drive icon is missing from my computer.
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    Thanks & Regards

    Srinivas Jyotula

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    When I turn on my laptop Already PC icon shows selected.
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  • VG

    ^^ First of all post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

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  • VG

    ^^ Its a virus problem. First of all post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

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  • VG

    ^^ Change the view type to Icons and the bar will be gone.

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  • VG

    ^^ Try to take ownership of the file or whole folder:

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  • Super...VG
    Sir......Thanks A Lot
    Keep Sharing......

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  • VG

    ^^ You can post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

  • Thanks my problem is solve now, I was tense since long time, great thanks again

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