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Windows 7: Programs pinned to taskbar, loose their Icon

25 Aug 2009   #1
tjsalis

 
 
Programs pinned to taskbar, loose their Icon

I have Windows 7 RC installed on two different computers and this has happened on both.

I'll install a program I use a lot, pin it to the taskbar and some of the icons will lose their original icon after awhile. It doesn't seem to effect the operation of the program or the shortcut to the program, it's just sort of annoying to have to curse over the pinned program to know what it is, instead of just being able to tell by its icon. The programs this happens to are not the same from machine to machine, either. If that makes sense.

Has anyone else come across this and were you able to remedy the issue?

Cheers!




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25 Aug 2009   #2
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tjsalis View Post
I have Windows 7 RC installed on two different computers and this has happened on both.

I'll install a program I use a lot, pin it to the taskbar and some of the icons will lose their original icon after awhile. It doesn't seem to effect the operation of the program or the shortcut to the program, it's just sort of annoying to have to curse over the pinned program to know what it is, instead of just being able to tell by its icon. The programs this happens to are not the same from machine to machine, either. If that makes sense.

Has anyone else come across this and were you able to remedy the issue?

Cheers!
Tones; Please allow me to welcome you to Windows Seven Forums. We are glad to have you here.

Please check the following settings; you must have "Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu" checked for the taskbar to work as designed. Not sure if this would cause your icon issue, but it is related.





Robert
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26 Aug 2009   #3
poin2

Windows7
 
 

Hopefully it's something that they have fixed by October. It does still occur occasionally with RTM.

The things pinned to the taskbar have their shortcuts stored at the following:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

I've gotten around it prior by just changing the shortcut, which itself has been lacking the icon at times.

You can try pinning the same program to the start menu, for example, then take that shortcut (hopefully with icon) and move it to the taskbar folder.

Start menu icons after pinning are located here:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu
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27 Aug 2009   #4
tjsalis

 
 
Thanks!

Thanks to you both. I will try those out tonight when I get home from work and see what comes of it. Really appreciate the responses!
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28 Aug 2009   #5
pmurgs

 
 

I'm also experiancing this problem, under Windows 7-64 RTM. Had it happen a couple times under RC1 as well.

Creating a new shortcut and then pinning it to the taskbar seems to solve it for me.
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29 Aug 2009   #6
tjsalis

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pmurgs View Post
I'm also experiancing this problem, under Windows 7-64 RTM. Had it happen a couple times under RC1 as well.

Creating a new shortcut and then pinning it to the taskbar seems to solve it for me.
I find that even under program files the icon for these actual programs is a generic one, so when I would try to re-do the pinning it would just pin the generic one over again.
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29 Aug 2009   #7
tjsalis

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Tones; Please allow me to welcome you to Windows Seven Forums. We are glad to have you here.

Please check the following settings; you must have "Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu" checked for the taskbar to work as designed. Not sure if this would cause your icon issue, but it is related.





Robert

Thanks again for your response. I have both of those options on your image checked, should I just have the one checked? Either way, it doesn't seem to solve it. Thanks though!
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29 Aug 2009   #8
tjsalis

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by poin2 View Post
Hopefully it's something that they have fixed by October. It does still occur occasionally with RTM.

The things pinned to the taskbar have their shortcuts stored at the following:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

I've gotten around it prior by just changing the shortcut, which itself has been lacking the icon at times.

You can try pinning the same program to the start menu, for example, then take that shortcut (hopefully with icon) and move it to the taskbar folder.

Start menu icons after pinning are located here:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu
Yeah, one of the things i've run into with this, is that after the icon becomes the generic one, it is the generic icon for that program everywhere. So when I drag it to the icons menu you just told me about, it drags the generic one.
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30 Aug 2009   #9
dhar890723

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM
 
 

I posted on this the other day in another thread. The problem is not confined to the taskbar but manifests throughout Windows Explorer, except, oddly enough, in the property sheets for the affected files, which show the correct icons. I solve it temporarily by logging out and deleting iconcache.db, but it seems to recur every couple of weeks. I'm using a clean install of Win7 Ultimate RTM x86.
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31 Aug 2009   #10
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhar890723 View Post
I posted on this the other day in another thread. The problem is not confined to the taskbar but manifests throughout Windows Explorer, except, oddly enough, in the property sheets for the affected files, which show the correct icons. I solve it temporarily by logging out and deleting iconcache.db, but it seems to recur every couple of weeks. I'm using a clean install of Win7 Ultimate RTM x86.
I think another solution with the same results as above is Change your screen resolution. Reboot this forces a rewrite of the icon cache. You can now change your resolution back to whatever.
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