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Windows 7: Black Box on Desktop

12 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 profesional
Black Box on Desktop

Hi everyone,
I have created a hidden shortcut on my desktop. It is completely hidden because I made the icon picture blank and I made the name that invisibol symbol and, I removed the IsShortcut value from my registry. And, everytime I start up my computer, where the hidden shortcut is supposed to be, in its place is a black box. Please help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

A system restore to a point before you created the shortcut should do the trick, I would have thought.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Jacob,

Removing the IsShortcut entry from the registry is where you went wrong. That was fine in XP, but in Vista and Windows 7 it causes many issues being removed. You could download and merge the lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below to make restoring easier.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Afterwards, you could use one of options in the tutorial below to change the shortcut arrow overlay icon to a blank icon.

Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 profesional

Okay thanks! I created a system registry backup before I removed the IsShortcut so I will restore it thank you!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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