For example, “Digitaltrends.exe” might be located in “C:\Program Files\Digital Trends\”.
I check for updates and it always says that the "Software, Optional" update "Microsoft . If it is, try reinstalling/repairing it and then check Windows Updates again. ..I try to uninstall Framework 2 Sp 2, the procesing is halted by a prompt saying... NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 cannot be uninstalled because it will affect other applications that are installed. Link Id=91126" ..I am stuck and that link send me to... Why these things don't over-install is another mystery...
..page says the install is done and successful, ... Look at the Add and Remove Programs control panel app and see if Service Pack 2 is listed there. Furthermore, there really does not seem to be a fully fleshed-out "reinstall/repair" built-in, when I click "Change" in Add Remove Programs for this item, it runs something but there is no dialog or other indication of exactly what it is doing-- it just runs and the finishes. If it still present in Windows Updates uninstall from your computer, reboot, and then install from Windows Updates.
I went to try to run Windows Update on it and was greeted with "The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view -- error number 0x8024400A" I've encountered this kind of problem a lot of times.
I remember when I worked at a computer repair shop 6 or so years ago I encountered it on a lot of computers running Windows XP.
If the icons are files, not shortcuts, then Windows has forgotten what program is used to hand the files.