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Windows 7: Desktop icons seem to have developed an unwelcome overlay

27 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Desktop icons seem to have developed an unwelcome overlay

My desktop icons seem to have acquired and overlay that wasn't there yesterday. The attached picture shows an overlay that occurs on every shortcut but not on the folders listed on my desktop. I have recently deleted a fair amount of "uneeded" programs so I suspect this may be related.

Any ideas on how I can get rid of the overlay?

Thanks,
Ski



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27 Feb 2011   #2

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it looks like your shortcut icon has gone awol, it happens sometimes.

try the tutorial below, and let us know if it worked.

How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 7
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27 Feb 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ski,

It appears that your shortcut overlay icon has gotten messed up. You could use the program in OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to restore the default shortcut arrow.

Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I tried both proposed options with NO JOY until I took a a closer look at the directions in the link supplied by BRINK. I found an error:

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B) Right click on the Blank.ico file and click on Properties. Under the General tab, click on the Unblock button if there. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If the Unblock button is not there, then the file is already unblocked. Continue on to step D below.
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In my case the Blank.ICO file was already unblocked so I skipped to step D, but by skipping step C I did not copy the BLANK.ico file to the Windows directory.

Once I had moved blank.ico to C:/Windows the problem was resolved.

I don't know who maintains this tutorial but it might be worthwhile to eliminate the NOTE:

Thanks for the help,
Ski
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28 Feb 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ski,

That option will not work for this unless you used OPTION ONE originally.

You would need to do the OPTION TWO section instead using the Vista Shortcut Overlay Manager program instead.
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28 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Oh well, it seems to have worked.

I was a bit concerned that the procedure specifically called out Vista when i am using Win 7

Ski
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28 Feb 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, it was developed originally for Vista, but luckily it works just as well in Windows 7.

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