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Windows 7: Desktop Icons Mysteriously Modified


01 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Desktop Icons Mysteriously Modified

The icons on my desktop suddenly were modifed with a tiny little rectangle that looks like a miniature desktop with little red, green and blue characters added to them.
The recycle bin and my computer icons don't have this modification. Any ideas how to remove this would be appreciated


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01 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi, Rickz. You might want to try rebuilding your Icon Cache, using this tutorial: Icon Cache - Rebuild

If that doesn't help, posting a screenshot of these icons might be helpful, as I can't quite mentally picture what you have described.

Tom.
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01 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks...I'll give your suggestion a try


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01 Mar 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I believe that with program icons, if you right click and then properties and then change icon, you will be able to regain to original icons. It worked with me when I lost some program icons due to Temporary File Cleaner.
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01 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks but that's the first thing I tried...Didn't work
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01 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 

Did you try rebuilding your Icon Cache, like I suggested? Did that not solve the problem?
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02 Mar 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rickz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This is your shortcut arrow overlay that is messed up on the icon. You can use the free program in OPTION TWO of the tutorial below to restore the shortcut arrow back, or just remove it.

Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hello rickz, if none of above methods works, you should try to install StarDock IconPackager (trial) and apply any icon set. After that, just change back to Windows default icons and everything will be fine.
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02 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Unfortunately, Teekz, icon cache didn't help. I'll try the other suggestions.
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02 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Brink! Option 1 in your link solved the problem. I'm glad to clean up my icons.
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