All of a sudden, my office 2010 icons defaulted to… well that ugly nothing icon. After doing a day of research, I finally found my solution here:
First make sure you are able to view hidden and system files!
To enable this:
- In any open windows explorer window, press the [ALT] key to view the folder menu bar.
- Click on Tools menu, and select Folder Options.
- Click on the View tab.
- Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
- Remove the check mark from the Hide protected operating system files and click OK if prompt appears asking if you want to continue.
- Click on the OK button at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
To repair Icons:
- Open up “My Computer” and navigate to the “C:Windows” directory.
- Scroll down to the “Installer” folder. Right click the “Installer” folder and choose “Properties”.
- Click on the “Previous Versions” tab and wait for the list to populate with previous versions.
- Choose one from a date that you know/believe your icons were working, click on it, and choose “Copy”
- In the box that pops up, tell it to copy to the “C:Windows” folder.
- If a warning pops up click on the “yes” box to Merge folders.
- When/If a warning pops up asking if you want to “Copy/Replace” choose “Do not Copy” and make sure that you put a check mark in the “Do this for the next # conflicts”(You do not want to copy OVER the existing files, you just want to merge the new files into the same directory as the existing)
When the copy is finished close all open folders and return to your Desktop. Right click on your desktop and select “Refresh”
If a refresh doesn’t work, reboot your computer.
Your Icons Should be restored!