Why does my Windows 10 PC open up almost all of my other desktop files as a slideshow instead of opening my browser when I click on its desktop icon?

FRANK M 0 Reputation points

This started happening the day after my latest Windows 10 update a few days ago (3/15/23). After starting up my PC, every time I click on a browser icon that is on my desktop - doesn't matter if it is Chrome, Firefox, or Edge - instead of opening the browser, my PC starts to open and display as a rapid slideshow, several, if not all, of the jpeg pictures that I have stored on my desktop. If I try to open the browser from the icon on my Taskbar, this doesn't happen.

At first I thought it was the system hadn't fully loaded after startup yet but today it had been over an hour after start up and it was doing it again.

I notice that when I click on the browser icon, the little arrow that is supposed to show up in the top left corner of the browser icon gets transferred to a jpeg icon. I also notice that if I right click the browser icon to get the pop up menu for it, that the men shown instead is the popup menu for the jpeg file.

I have both Windows Defender and McAfee Live Safe on my PC. Neither has indicated a problem. Yesterday I ran a McAfee quick scan. It showed no problems. However, after the scan was completed, my desktop icons started working normally. I then ran a McAfee full scan and it also showed no problems.

Today, I started the computer up normally after shutting it down normally last night. I didn't touch it for at least an hour after startup. When I tried to open a browser, the same problem appeared again. I ran another McAfee quick scan. it showed no problems. When the scan was done, the desktop started operating normally again.

What is going on? How do I fix this?

The last Windows 10 update was OS Builds 19042.2728, 19044.2728, and 19045.2728

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  1. Limitless Technology 43,916 Reputation points

    Hello there,

    If you have made any restore points try to restore the PC and see if that helps. Are you facing this issue only when your try to open the browsers or other apps also?

    Corrupted system files are one of the possible reasons why this issue is happening. Try the below steps and see if they are helpful

    Press F8 while booting your computer to access System Recovery options.

    Click Troubleshoot.

    Select Command Prompt.

    Enter the following commands below, then press Enter after each command:

    chkdsk c: /f

    bootrec /fixmbr

    bootrec /fixboot

    bootrec /rebuildbcd

    bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

    Once done with the above commands, restart your computer and see if the problem is fixed.

    Hope this resolves your Query !!

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  2. FRANK M 0 Reputation points

    UPDATE - PROBLEM RETURNED!!!! 3/23/23, 7:35 AM: Just when I thought everything was fixed, and after successfully shutting down and restarting yesterday, today when I started the PC the problem returned!!!! I clicked on a browser icon on my desktop and instead it tried to open a jpeg file on my desktop. When I tried to click on another browser icon, it tired to open a different jpeg on my desktop. I searched for System Restore, clicked on it, but then canceled it. I then tried to open the browser via a desktop icon and all worked ok. WTH is going on?

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