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Windows 7: Wrong Adobe Reader icon on start menu


13 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 
Wrong Adobe Reader icon on start menu

the icon suddenly changed to something else. i try to resintall Adobe Reader but didn't help. how to fix it?


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13 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Summer4Ever,

Does the shortcut still work?

You might see if rebuilding the icon cache may help afterwards.

If not, then you could remove this shortcut, create a new shortcut directly from the file below, and move it in your Start Menu All Programs area to use instead.

32-bit Windows 7
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe

64-bit Windows 7
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic
 
 

the shortcut works well just the icon suddenly changed.
i try the rebuild method and doesn't work.

so i just manually delete the icon from the start menu - all program,
then open the start menu - all program folder, then drag the Adobe REader icon from the desktop to the folder as i don't need that icon on my desktop anyway

thank you
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13 Feb 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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18 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 home premium 32bit & Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I had a similar problem but used a different fix.

I tried deleting the iconcache.db using Method 1. but it didn't help. I did not want to try Method 2 because I didn't want to delete my whole profile.

I noticed that the icon on the Start menu was the default icon icon - it even said 'icon' and when I right clicked the shortcut the Change Icon button was greyed out and there was no path in the Target or start in text boxes. I was able to have it open the file location and this took me to another shortcut in the Windows Start menu folder. That shortcut had the same generic icon and the same lack of information as the one I was trying to reslove (possible because they are the same and I was just accessing them what I thought was 2 different ways. anyway, I found the actual program in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe. I tried to drag it to make a new shortcut in the start menu folder (its a lot harder to get to this in Windows 7 than in previous versions) but I got a popup saying Windows could not make a shortcut in this folder would I prefer making one on m y desktop. I accepted that. it created a shortcut with the correct icon. Next I tried to drag it to my Windows Start Menu folder and now it said I needed the admin password to complete the action. I am an admin and was logged in with my admin account so why does it ask? I don't know. anyway, I clicked OK and it put the shortcut on my start menu. The old one I had renamed 'Adobe Reader X'. I deleted that one now. then I renamed the AcfoRd32.exe shortcut to 'Adobe REader X' and everyhting was good.

\Now the icon on the Start Menu is the Adobe icon and when I had a pdf document open the icon in the task bar shows up as an adobe icon. SUCCESS!!!
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18 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 home premium 32bit & Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Summer4Ever,

Does the shortcut still work?

You might see if rebuilding the icon cache may help afterwards.

If not, then you could remove this shortcut, create a new shortcut directly from the file below, and move it in your Start Menu All Programs area to use instead.

32-bit Windows 7
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe

64-bit Windows 7
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe


Hope this helps,
Shawn
Doggone! I missed this post before. Basically what I described is this. Here I thought I came up with something new. Wish I had seen this repy before I fumbled through it on my own.

You wrote a much simpler explanation as well. Thanks
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02 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Brinks, can you update the post? For 64-bit users, the location should be Program Files (x86).

And thanks, this helped me
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02 Sep 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Justin. Updated.
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