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Windows 7: Multiple Icons Replaced by 4-colored shields


18 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 
Multiple Icons Replaced by 4-colored shields

So I like to customize windows, by using themes, icons etc to match up with my desktop and what have you.

I decided to tr out Iconpackager since I figured that would make things easier than having to change all my icons by hand, which wouldn't even work half the time anyway.

Anyways, seemed to work alright at first, but some time later something went awry and I somehow had a conglomeration of icons from all the themes included scattered about my system. So after countless hours trying to fix it, I ended up uninstalling it.

Oh but things are never that easy.

It ended replacing all my desktop icons with the 4-colored shield, along with my startmenu and taskbar icons.

I'd go to the properties for my programs, figuring I'll just have to restore the icons myself by hand, but no such luck, even after I change the icon, which now for some reason tells me I need to be an admin to do, which it never asked me before. It does nothing.

Not to mention it really messed around with how my folders behave...

I would do a system restore, but I don't have any that go far back enough to when I didn't have Iconpackager.

So now I'm wondering, is there anyway I can somehow reverse this without losing my programs and work?

Rebuilding the icon cache has done absolutely nothing, and all that sfc /scannow does is remove my custom themes, which are easy no to re-install thank god.

EDIT: Oh right, when I open a program, the icon on the taskbar is a shield as well, but if I pin it to the taskbar, then unpin it, it somehow displays the normal icon as it should, until I close the program as when I open it again, it shows the shield still.



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18 Oct 2011   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Welcome aboard, Krios ! Frankly speaking, I have never seen such a huge mess before Are all the program icons changed to the shield one ?

Install Google Chrome over the existing installation to see if it shows the original icon . If it shows the original one, there might be a way to reverse the situation without compromising your data and work, but it will need a hard work.

One more information is needed ... is it contain Service Pack 1 or not ?
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Iconpackager alongwith TuneUp Registry Cleaner .... a vicious combination !
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18 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, running Service Pack 1.

I got Tuneup after I got rid of Iconpackager to use the tuneup styler to see if that would fix it, and it just shows all my icons as normal.

Anyways, installed Chrome again, still shows the same shield icon in the startmenu/taskbar.
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18 Oct 2011   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Please let me have some more time .... I am to discuss with some other members before suggesting yoy anything further
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18 Oct 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hello, did you rebuild the icon cache with this? Icon Cache - Rebuild
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18 Oct 2011   #6
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Hello, did you rebuild the icon cache with this? Icon Cache - Rebuild
That's why I am finding this situation a toughest one, Gary
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Krios View Post
Rebuilding the icon cache has done absolutely nothing, and all that sfc /scannow does is remove my custom themes, which are easy no to re-install thank god.
I can fix the system icons ..... it is very simple ! But why all the program icons are displaying wrong ? Even including MS Paint
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18 Oct 2011   #7

windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
What I would suggest

Hi Krios

I would suggest:
Before you uninstalled Ickon Packager did you restored default windows icons? If not - install back Ickon Packager from there restore windows default icons... And then follow what guys are suggesting... Had this problem myself...years ago...And that's how I solved it...
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18 Oct 2011   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mindinka View Post
Hi Krios

I would suggest:
Before you uninstalled Ickon Packager did you restored default windows icons? If not - install back Ickon Packager from there restore windows default icons... And then follow what guys are suggesting... Had this problem myself...years ago...And that's how I solved it...
Yes, try it ! If the default icons are still present there in the system, they will be loaded . But if this one also fails, I am thinking that the best thing you should do is a Clean Install Windows 7 . I am not sure how to get all the program icons back ... really sorry for suggesting a clean install .

If you plan for a clean install, better you save all your documents in a drive other than C drive , and during partition, format C drive only.

Iconpackager is a good tool, if you use it carefully. When the clean installation is done, I will suggest you a few precautions to be taken to avoid this type of mishap in future . I am also a customizer, too; and have faced a number of problems
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18 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, I had set the icons back to the windows 7 default with iconpackager before uninstalling it didn't work.

I think I'll just do a clean install of Windows 7. I'm getting a 2 TB external in a few days, so I'll just wait until then so I can backup all my files, probably for the best anyway haha!
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19 Oct 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You could try a repair install first, thereby saving your stuff. You would have 4000 updates to work through though. well with a clean install you will too.
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