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Windows 7: Multiple icons showing in smallest size when using Extra Large Icons


26 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Multiple icons showing in smallest size when using Extra Large Icons

I've seen multiple posts here and other forums and I have tried all of the steps provided in those posts but it is not resolving my issue. I have the exact same issue as the user in THIS THREAD. I have tried the icon database rebuild (both manually and using the bat file HERE), I have tried ie4uinit.exe - ClearIconCache from command prompt, I have tried Disk Cleanup and checked the box to delete icon cache and I have tried different cache size amounts using the steps HERE. I've tried these all from normal boot and safe mode. I don't know what else to do. The icons that have the problem keep changing every time I restart the PC. I can change them to another icon, rename the icon the shortcut had previously been using and reapply that icon and it shows normal at that time but as soon as I restart the PC, icons change to the smaller size on random shortcuts again. What other steps are there?

Thanks in advance.

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27 Feb 2014   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Have you tried the batch file in this tutorial:
Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default
It resets the area of the registry that stores some desktop icon info.
warning: read the note about desktoprestore.

You might also want to try combining the batch file for icon cache rebuild with this one... only kill/restart explorer once at the end.

Does this problem happen if you create (& log onto) a new (test) user account?
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28 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Have you tried the batch file in this tutorial:
Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default
It resets the area of the registry that stores some desktop icon info.
warning: read the note about desktoprestore.

You might also want to try combining the batch file for icon cache rebuild with this one... only kill/restart explorer once at the end.

Does this problem happen if you create (& log onto) a new (test) user account?

I combined both batch files into one and ran it. No change except that it changed the window sizes and rearranged icons on the desktop. Still have the same some-small-some-extra-large icon issue. I attached the batch file I made with the two combined so you can verify. I created a test user and logged on as that user and it has the same issue.

Thanks for the help so far. What else can I do?


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File Type: bat Win7_Reset_Folder_and_Icon_Settings.bat (1.4 KB, 1 views)
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28 Feb 2014   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I hope that you did not have too many desktop shortcut/icons to arrange again. If you install DesktopRestore, it would put them back for you.

I seem to recall that there is another active tread about this same issue (but I cannot find the thread right now).

I'll ask others to join in on helping you.
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28 Feb 2014   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You might give this a try...
Right click on the Desktop
Select Personalize > Window Color > Advance appearance settings...

In the Item drop-down box select Icon. The size setting is to the right.
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28 Feb 2014   #6

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Hi,
You might also show us what these icons look like before you change them and after you change them,
Cheers.
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28 Feb 2014   #7
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Here is my understanding about icons:

An icon is a complete system wide applicable icon for all view types when it contains multiple layers and colors, viz
  • Small icons: 16x16
  • Medium icons: 48x48
  • Large icons: 128x128
  • Extra large icons: 256x256
When such an icon is opened with windows photo viewer, it looks like this:
Name:  2014-02-28_232730.jpg
Views: 43
Size:  38.6 KB
If an icon contains the largest resolution only, it tries to shrink it for different sizes, but the icon having small resolution only cannot expand beyond its maximum size. Then it leaves an outline box around it, when the higher resolution is set.

Suppose the google chrome icon and windbg icon. When set to medium icon view:
Name:  2014-02-28_233241.jpg
Views: 43
Size:  10.9 KB
But when set as large icon view:
Name:  2014-02-28_233449.jpg
Views: 43
Size:  16.8 KB
It happens. Because the windbg icon does not contain the higher resolutions. Have a look below:
Name:  1.jpg
Views: 43
Size:  39.4 KBName:  2.jpg
Views: 42
Size:  29.0 KB
That is why all icons does not show in the large size, even if the large icon view is set.


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28 Feb 2014   #8

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

RoadKillSD: Thank you for filling in your system specs.

Do you have any 3rd party theme builders on your system?

Does the issue exist in a basic theme or only aero?

Does this happen only on the Desktop or in Explorer too?

I'll think about it a little more, but that's all I can offer at the moment.

ThrashZone made a good suggestion - show us what you see.
See: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Bill
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28 Feb 2014   #9
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoadkillSD View Post
The icons that have the problem keep changing every time I restart the PC. I can change them to another icon, rename the icon the shortcut had previously been using and reapply that icon and it shows normal at that time but as soon as I restart the PC, icons change to the smaller size on random shortcuts again. What other steps are there?

Thanks in advance.
Shortcut - Change Icon

I think you want to change the icon to any custom icon. So you have to skip step 4. But make it 100% sure that the custom icon is remaining in the target location (to which you are navigating) forever, not deleted or moved to another place.
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28 Feb 2014   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gandalf View Post
You might give this a try...
Right click on the Desktop
Select Personalize > Window Color > Advance appearance settings...

In the Item drop-down box select Icon. The size setting is to the right.
That's for desktop icons. The icons I am referring to are all shortcuts inside of a folder. Desktop icons are all displayed correctly because they are at the standard 32 size.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
RoadKillSD: Thank you for filling in your system specs.

Do you have any 3rd party theme builders on your system?

Does the issue exist in a basic theme or only aero?

Does this happen only on the Desktop or in Explorer too?

I'll think about it a little more, but that's all I can offer at the moment.

ThrashZone made a good suggestion - show us what you see.
See: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Bill
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I have Frameworkx Vista Shortcut Manager installed to remove the shortcut arrow from the icons. This issue was occurring before I installed it though. Only the UnsignedThemeSvc enabler that you have to use to allow for custom themes was in place before this started happening. I only use the extra large icons in game folders so I only noticed it in Explorer. I ctrl+scrollwheel the desktop and I see that icons that have a extra large size do expand as I do that. The icons have the same issue in basic theme as they do in Aero.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoadkillSD View Post
The icons that have the problem keep changing every time I restart the PC. I can change them to another icon, rename the icon the shortcut had previously been using and reapply that icon and it shows normal at that time but as soon as I restart the PC, icons change to the smaller size on random shortcuts again. What other steps are there?

Thanks in advance.
Shortcut - Change Icon

I think you want to change the icon to any custom icon. So you have to skip step 4. But make it 100% sure that the custom icon is remaining in the target location (to which you are navigating) forever, not deleted or moved to another place.
That is exactly how I've done all of the icons in my folders aside from the default icons that Steam assigned the shortcuts it created. Coincidentally, those Steam icons are only 128x128 yet they are scaling to 256x256 without issue until Windows randomly chooses one of those icons to display incorrectly. I'm using icons that I either created off PNGs that were far above 256x256 and converted to 32-bit 256x256 icons using iConvertIcons.com with 32-bit Windows icons as the only options, or I downloaded ICO files that other users created on deviantART in 256x256 or 512x512 sizes. After I convert PNGs to ICOs, I verify in the details tab of the icon file that it indeed says it is 256x256. Every single shortcut has displayed the icons correctly at one point. Every time I restart Windows or put it to sleep and resume, a different set of icons is then showing incorrectly whereas icons that may have been showing incorrectly are now showing correctly. It seems totally random.

Also, if I rename the icon file that a shortcut is currently using and edit the shortcut to point to the newly renamed icon file, it displays correctly. If I rename the icon back to what it was (or never rename it and just change the icon to a different one and then back to the old one again) and change the shortcut icon back to the icon file that I have changed back to its previous name, the icon shows incorrectly again. It's like the icon database rebuild does nothing. I don't get it.


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