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Some windows 8 icons just got corrupted (i have no idea how) and now appear as blocks. Many icons work fine... many don't

this is what the icons look like now

Any idea how to fix this?

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What have you tried already? Have you tried a reboot? How about a System Restore? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 5 '13 at 17:51
Reboot doesn't help. I don't want to perform a system restore. – rzr Mar 5 '13 at 17:53
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It's very likely that the cause of the problem is Segoe UI Symbol font that got corrupted for some reason.

Just get the font from somewhere (from here, for example), re-install it, and perhaps restart Windows.

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