Windows – The Computer icon not functioning properly in Windows 7

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When I left-click on the Computer icon on the desktop or in the Start menu (or right-click on the icon and then select Open), I'm immediately returned to the desktop. Speaking with MSDN tech support they tell me that my operating system is definitely hosed. And that I should do an "in-place upgrade" to re-establish a full operating system. So I tried.

It took about 10 hours but at the end asked me to reboot. I did so. And discovered that the operating system was gone. Fortunately I had made multiple backups on a secondary hard disk close onto external USB disks. I was quite fortunate. Not only was the operating system hosed but the entire partition table was gone as well.

I use Acronis for my backups and it asked where to restore my backups. There was no C: drive. I ended up having to reinstall the operating system Windows 7 Ultimate on a machine that was initially running XP Professional and had been upgraded to Vista Ultimate and then to Windows 7 Ultimate. So I did a fresh install onto the un-allocated space that had been my C: drive. It took a long time but it successfully restored my missing drive.

So the question still exists: what is causing my Computer icon to not function?

Best Answer

what is causing my "computer" icon to not function?

I) Possible reasons:

  • A) file associations for .lnk was broken or changed by an application or by a user manipulation
  • B) some registry keys are changed, deleted
  • C) Some files including the registry hives was located on a Hard Disk Bad sector

II) Here some fixes for the future if you have the same problem:

a) Rebuilding the Icon Cache Database

  1. Close all folder windows currently open.
  2. Launch Task Manager
  3. In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process.
  4. Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
  5. From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task
  6. Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
  7. In the Command Prompt window, type these commands:

    CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local

    DEL IconCache.db /a


  8. In Task Manager, click File, select New Task. Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.

b) File Association Fixes for Windows 7

Check for LNK hyperlink to download a zip file a .reg to merge (write) in the W7 registry

c) Fix broken desktop shortcuts and common system maintenance tasks

III) Comments:


Speaking with MSDN tech support they tell me that my operating system is definitely hosed. And that I should do an "in-place upgrade" to reestablish a full operating system.

All this for a broken desktop icon? I'm little bit astonished by the advice you received to say the less...

b) Running a CHKDSK is sometimes the best way to recover from strange behaviour in Windows I suggest you to check the S.M.A.R.T. values of the hard disk before running this command. If the s.m.a.r.t. are not in «Good» state, chkdsk may kill a near to fail HD.

Hope this help. Let us know. :)

EDIT: the solution founded to solved this problem: «I created a new admin account, added some desktop icons and changed some minor stuff in folder options (single click, show all in folder, etc.) and the "Computer"is working like a champ! »

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