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Windows 7: Can someone explain the difference in these two desktop icons?

24 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Can someone explain the difference in these two desktop icons?

This is far from an earth shattering problem but I did some research and did not find an answer.

These icons are from my favorite address book. I 'm guessing it is a 16 bit program but I'm not really sure.

I have set it up on TWO Windows 7 computers to be compatible with Windows XP SP3 and it seems to work fine.

I have also set it up to be administrator.

Question is - why does one icon have a shield on it and one doesn't?

Would appreciate an answer.

Thanks.



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24 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Traditionally, the shield on a desktop icon meant to run of modify that particular application would require elevated privileges. It won't go away by running as administrator, and in fact, it may have appeared AFTER you chose run as administrator. The other might just be a type of shortcut. Try this, on the one without a shield, right click, go to properties, shortcut, advanced, and "run as admin" and see if a shield appears on it as well.
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24 Jan 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Joseph,

The shield overlay of course indicates that the program requires administrator approval (UAC prompt) before running elevated.

Did you have UAC disabled on the PC that doesn't have the UAC shield overlay on the icon? If so, then that would be why since you have it set to "Run as administrator".

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Also, do you get the UAC dialog box when you click on either icon?
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24 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Traditionally, the shield on a desktop icon meant to run of modify that particular application would require elevated privileges. It won't go away by running as administrator, and in fact, it may have appeared AFTER you chose run as administrator. The other might just be a type of shortcut. Try this, on the one without a shield, right click, go to properties, shortcut, advanced, and "run as admin" and see if a shield appears on it as well.
Thanks kbrady1979

The one without the shield has already been set up as run as Administrator and looks the same.

Anyway, as I said, it is not urgent. I'm just curious.
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24 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I googled it just a minute ago and quite a few people were asking this same thing......or were asking how to get rid of it. There is a way to get rid of it, but it's not the simplest of tasks it doesn't look like.
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24 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
I googled it just a minute ago and quite a few people were asking this same thing......or were asking how to get rid of it. There is a way to get rid of it, but it's not the simplest of tasks it doesn't look like.
Thanks

There are lots of reasons to avoid losing sleep.

That is not one of them.

I really appreciate your taking the time to post here.
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24 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jadinolf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
I googled it just a minute ago and quite a few people were asking this same thing......or were asking how to get rid of it. There is a way to get rid of it, but it's not the simplest of tasks it doesn't look like.
Thanks

There are lots of reasons to avoid losing sleep.

That is not one of them.

I really appreciate your taking the time to post here.
No problem! And problems are problems, whether they are serious or not......most of us here have a certain level of OCD when it comes to figuring things out!

Also, our Admin and resident tutorial wizard Brink has a tutorial that covers this exact issue if I'm not mistaken. I think I ran across it awhile back, and I'm pretty sure this was what it was over...I very well could be wrong though as it was some time ago.
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24 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jadinolf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
I googled it just a minute ago and quite a few people were asking this same thing......or were asking how to get rid of it. There is a way to get rid of it, but it's not the simplest of tasks it doesn't look like.
Thanks

There are lots of reasons to avoid losing sleep.

That is not one of them.

I really appreciate your taking the time to post here.
No problem! And problems are problems, whether they are serious or not......most of us here have a certain level of OCD when it comes to figuring things out!

Also, our Admin and resident tutorial wizard Brink has a tutorial that covers this exact issue if I'm not mistaken. I think I ran across it awhile back, and I'm pretty sure this was what it was over...I very well could be wrong though as it was some time ago.
Thanks

I'll take a look around.
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24 Jan 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Joseph,

Do you have UAC disabled on the PC that doesn't have the UAC shield overlay on the icon?
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