How can I fix my Windows 7 desktop icons?

Steve March 3, 2010
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My desktop icons have a black box covering 80% of the icon. Have looked everywhere I can think of for a solution. Any ideas? Using Win7 Professional. Started a few days ago.

  1. Vcastrojr
    April 20, 2012 at 7:32 am

    hi there everyone,

    i've experienced the "black icons" issue a few days ago. after some
    research i come to determine that this is a conflict between
    applications that enhances desktop display and found a fix to it.

    actually, from the picture above the icons were set to the "smallest"
    view size. now, be informed that in windows 7, this is the exact same
    size of the shortcut "arrow". it is also likely that he tried to use a
    third party application to remove the "arrow", in this case that
    application merely made the arrow "transparent" and it likely conflicted
    with windows or another third party application thus making the
    tranparency into "black" instead..

    the solution i'm implying here is not a direct name to any application,
    but instead i would like to tell the readers that are facing the same
    issue above to look for an application that "TOTALLY" or at least
    temporarily remove the shortcut "arrow" (there's many around).

    lots'o'luck to u 'ol

    • Tina
      April 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you for sharing!

  2. Aibek
    March 4, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Hi Steve

    I found a fix online.

    Go to Display Settings. You're probably running on 32 bit color mode. Change it back to 16 bit color mode and apply it. After this the black boxes should disappear.

    Next, restart your computer and change it back to 32 bit. You HAVE TO restart it, before changing it back.

    source: http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft-public-windows-vista-performance-maintenance/203476-desktop-icons-have-black-box.html