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Windows 7: Icons Gone after installing new iTunes

25 Nov 2010   #1
Aperture

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Icons Gone after installing new iTunes

I just upgraded iTunes from 10.01 to 10.1.056 tonight 11-25-2010 and my desktop icons have all been distorted.
When I r-click > Properties on them and try to restore them via Change Icon... I get a message saying the program was not found.
However if I double click the program it launches and works just fine.
I have made NO changes at all to the computer other than I just downloaded the latest iTunes and upgraded.
Here is a picture of what they look like:

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25 Nov 2010   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

If one or more of your icons are not displaying correctly, or that your icon cache is corrupted, then you might consider rebuilding the icon cache to reset and reload the icon images into the icon cache.

Icon Cache - Rebuild
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25 Nov 2010   #3
Aperture

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I tried that.
Followed nr 1 here and it didn't work.
Icon Cache - Rebuild
The icons are still covered with that blank program image in front of them.
I also tried to R-click on the desktop and change the icon size but it didn't help either.
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25 Nov 2010   #4
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Just for grins and giggles, do a system restore to a point in time before you did the upgrade ...
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25 Nov 2010   #5
Aperture

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Dang! I just noticed that all program icons now look like that Not just the desktop icons!
Every program icon in the entire computer now looks like this.

What's also weird is that when I drag a shortcut to a website from the browser's address bar onto the desktop it automatically looks like this with that blank icon in front the real icon.
I also just installed a software and the icon for it had that same look as well.
The only thing on my computer that does not have this image are folder icons.
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25 Nov 2010   #6
Aperture

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Restore point did nothing.
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25 Nov 2010   #7
Aperture

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

This is pretty ridiculous...........

This is what Admin Tools > Services now looks like:

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25 Nov 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Run a full and updated virus scan
Download and run a full updated malwarebytes scan.
Can be a coincidence or could be that the update has spyware
Lets find out.
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25 Nov 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Aperture,

This is a issue with your shortcut arrow overlay icon. Try the program in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below to see if it may be able to restore the default shortcut arrow for you.

Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Nov 2010   #10
Aperture

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

AHA!!!! That's what it was.
Just a few days ago I had downloaded and installed the Remove Shortcuts from Method 1.
Then yesterday when I installed iTunes I was rebooting the computer for the first time in a while so I incorrectly blamed iTunes when in fact it was Method 1 in this link:
Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore
that for some reason left the icons the way they were.
Now I just downloaded it again and clicked the "Restore Arrow" and after a reboot there it was.
By the way in Method 2 i got an error message before "Log Off" that's why I tried No 1.

Thanks A LOT to all of you for your help

A
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