When I turned on my computer today, I noticed that my folders did not show their icons. They did work when I selected/opened them, but all their icons are lost.
Sometimes icons can become corrupt because the section of the registry that handles them, gets full.
- Download and install tweakui from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx
- After installing tweakui, open it from the start menu => all programs => powertoys
- In the tweakui menu, on the left, on the very buttom, click on the "Repair" option.
- Select "Rebuild icons" and click "Repair Now".
The repair should be immediate.