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Windows 7: Desktop shortcuts with no icon image

11 Apr 2016   #1
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
Desktop shortcuts with no icon image

A number of shortcuts on my desktop (always the same few, I don't know what they have in common) are appearing without their associated icon image. I tried rebuilding the icon cache, based on the tutorial here (and running the batch file):

Icon Cache - Rebuild

and it works for a boot or two, then it's back to blanks. If I move the said shortcuts to a folder, like the C Drive, the icons show up just fine, but move them back on the desktop, blank again. Creating new shortcuts is fine, but they go blank as soon as I move them to the desktop. And as I say, it is affecting only some of the shortcuts (diverse, not from the same sources); most are OK.

If rebuilding the icon cache isn't working, I am not sure what else to try. I had his problem in the past, every six months or so, and rebuilding the cache used to fix things for some months, but not any more.

Thanks for further help.


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11 Apr 2016   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

This tends to happen when the program, for whichever icon, updates to a newer version, i woudn't expect them all update at the same time thou?.

Roy
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11 Apr 2016   #3
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

No, indeed.

In any case, if I go to the original .exe file and create another shortcut, the icon disappears the moment I move it to the desktop..

M.
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11 Apr 2016   #4
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

do you use any 3rd party optimiser or registry type progs?

Roy
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12 Apr 2016   #5
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Er, no, I don't think so. Optimising what exactly? What sort of programmes did you have in mind? In any case, I haven't installed anything new recently and the shortcut issue only started last week. The PC in question is only used for gaming, so it doesn't have a lot of 'extra' programmes installed on it.
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12 Apr 2016   #6
murky

window 7 32 bit
 
 

If you right click on one of the troublesome icons and choose Properties what is shown for the icon location ?
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12 Apr 2016   #7
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

The Properties window shows the correct icon in the upper left-hand corner. 'Open File Location' goes to the right file in the right folder and 'Change Icon' shows the correct exe file & icon and correct file location. If I click 'OK' on change icon, having checked that the image is the one that should be showing, the icon on the desktop remains blank, that is, this one.. (If I copy and paste the same icon from the desktop to another location, the icon shows fine; the problem is restricted, as far as I can tell, to desktop icons).


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12 Apr 2016   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by martinlest View Post
Er, no, I don't think so. Optimising what exactly? What sort of programmes did you have in mind?
I doubt that torchwood had a specific app in mind... but here is an example:

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by martinlest View Post
...(If I copy and paste the same icon from the desktop to another location, the icon shows fine; the problem is restricted, as far as I can tell, to desktop icons).
Does it happen if you paste the shortcut (icon) to the Public Desktop?


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12 Apr 2016   #9
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

No, I don't run any programmes like that.

The shortcuts show OK on the public desktop.
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12 Apr 2016   #10
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

As a workaround, can you move all of the shortcuts to the Public desktop?

It sounds like your icon cache database is getting corrupted. You could try these steps to find the offending app(s): Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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