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Windows 7: how to refresh taskbar icons?

16 May 2010   #1

how to refresh taskbar icons?

i have a program pinned to the taskbar.
the program is located on a usb stick. if i start windows and the drive is not connected i get a generic icon because it is not found. how can i refresh the icon so that it is displayed properly?

thanks : )

EDIT: sorry, i guess that was a bit confusing. I mean of course "how can i refresh the icon once the stick is plugged in again in case it was not connected a boottime"

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16 May 2010   #2


Why did you put the program on the usb stick and why don't you put it on the pc. Just asking to make it easy though. by the way try reloading icon cache
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16 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

i think tapping f5 on the desktop when you put the USB stick in will do it, i cant remember if that also refreshes the taskbar though
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16 May 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Install the program on your system drive... How do you expect the correct icon to be displayed if the USB drive is not plugged in???
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16 May 2010   #5


well, i would have figured that out by myself.... ; )
it's a portable prog and i use it on different machines. i don't want a local copy because i'd have to manually update configurations and saved files on each machine.

i also dont expect that it show the icon if it's not connected... that's why i asked how to REFRESH it. that means of course once the drive is CONNECTED

thanks for the F5 hint... but that does not refresh the icons though : )

EDIT: btw... the correct icon DOES show up sometimes after a while - sometimes a few hours. But i have no idea what triggers it
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 May 2010   #6


thanks, i found a workaround...

i just extracted the icon, placed it somewhere on the hd and changed the properties of to shortcut to point to the local icon
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 May 2010   #7


glad you solved it mate
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