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Windows 7: all Windows 7 icons changed to iTunes icon

20 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium Version 6.1 Build 7600
all Windows 7 icons changed to iTunes icon

When the latest version of iTunes is installed, all of the icons on the Windows 7 taskbar and on the Start menu are changed to the iTunes icon. No matter what I click on, it starts iTunes. An Apple technician had me create a new administrator account as a test. Since the icons in the new account appeared normally, he said it may not be a serious problem as perhaps only some unknown setting needs to be changed. Since he suggested I may want to contact Dell or Microsoft or to try posting on some forums, I thought this would be a logical place to start.

He had me remove all Apple software from my computer and install iTunes again, which resulted in all the icons changing to iTunes again. I just got my first ipod and I would like to be able to use iTunes on this computer. I am not technically proficient.

I would appreciate any suggestions. Has anyone else seen this happen recently?


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20 Dec 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Sentinel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Are the icons, that got replaced with the iTunes icon, only shortcuts or all program icons shortcut or not.

If only shortcuts have been affected, then you might see if downloading and merging the LNK download in the tutorial below to restore the default shortcut associations may be able to fix this for you after restarting the computer when done.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium Version 6.1 Build 7600

I installed iTunes and all appears normal.
Thank you very much for your help.
It was not necessary to restore the defaults.
I am not sure what made the difference.
This time I downloaded iTunes from FileHippo.
I had removed Digsby because the icon replacement happened just after the latest beta was installed. ?
I removed PicLens CoolIris for Internet Explorer because it suddenly opened all by itself.
I have done several things, so maybe one was the difference.
I ran Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner and PC Pitstop’s PC Matic, as well as Registry Mechanic and CCleaner. I also deleted my Windows.old folders.

I have disabled iTunes helper.exe and Quick Time Task at boot time using WinPatrol/Plus.

I am able to start iTunes and it is working.

This is offered as feedback to help others.

I was going to send you this information before I did anything. This may be too much information, but I believe it shows that the icons were shortcuts.

The only icons visible on my desktop are in the taskbar and in the notification area of the system tray. I would guess that the items pinned to the taskbar would be shortcut icons. Right-clicking on them displays only the program’s name and the options of unpinning the item from the taskbar or closing the window.

The start menu icons all change to iTunes, even the ones nested in folders. Right-clicking on one of those and then clicking on properties shows that it is a shortcut (.lnk) type of file.

To determine whether I understand your instructions, please verify if this is the correct sequence to follow.
Beginning with the correct icons displayed and iTunes is not installed,
Install iTunes. If all icons change to iTunes, download and merge the LNK download in the tutorial and restart.

Would you allow iTunes helper and Quick Time Task to load at startup?
This may not matter. I could disable them using WinPatrol/Plus before I restart if it might make a difference. Note: They are now disabled as mentioned above.

Thanks again,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Dec 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


I'm happy to hear that it seems that you got it sorted out.

Yes, that would be how and what to try with the LNK download if you had needed to try it.

Since it is working properly now, I would leave the iTunes helper and QT Task disabled unless you just wanted to test them to see if that was it for sure.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jan 2014   #5

windows 7 premium sp1 64 bit
all icons change to itunes links after 11 is downloaded

Twice I have had to delete all my desktop, start menu, and taskbar icons after downloading and then uninstalling iTunes onto my Windows 7 Premium, SP1, 64 bit OS. Uninstalling didn't remove the iTunes icon pics but did allow me to get into the program it was originally linked to. Otherwise, all icons opened iTunes. I have an older iPod touch that I use for Audible books and music and it seems that Windows 7 is not compatible with iTunes. Any ideas what I can do to access my media? I am not a geek by any stretch but can usually follow directions, if they are in my 'language'. I would appreciate any help offered, my 7 laptop is a new acquisition, I tried one with 8 on it but that was even less compatible with my programming. TIA, Jeanne
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