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Windows 7: Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

14 Feb 2013   #220

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1

This is not just interesting, it's intriguing! I don't remember this in-house (and for me, insanely preferable) solution working consistently before, it would always fail after one or maybe couple of reboots.

Now, I've paid a visit to shell32.dll, and ascertained without a shadow of a doubt that it has indeed been patched since SP1; in my particular case, in October of last year. Maybe they have accidentally messed up something in it and made this kind of solution work!

Remm, thanks a bunch for looking into this again, even if just by chance. I've long given up and settled on the small arrow. I still atavistically fear partially invisible icons coming back, but after 2 reboots, 4 logouts and logins and one full shutdown-bootup cycle, my confidence is growing!

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14 Feb 2013   #221

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1

Let me revisit this, and it merits a new post. The fail has nothing to do with shell32.dll, once I changed the path to from Remm's C:Windows to canonical %systemroot% things broke again, BUT, the problem is that even if you correct the registry problem, the fail persists through the good services of IconCache.db! Now, by rebulding it thusly I got this thing working again using %SystemDirectory% (!), now I'll wait, reboot etc. and will see what happens.


As soon as IconCache.db is changed or rebuilt again, the fail returns on my system. I don't know why. Back to the small arrow.

edit 2.

Got it. The trick is to have Iconcache.db created as I introduce the registry change. Then it persists. But as soon as I install something and IconCache changes, it'll probably go off the rails again.
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05 Mar 2013   #222

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
How to Change, Remove, or Restore the Windows 7 Shortcut Arrow Overlay

My problem was that playing around with Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover Program I try removing the arrow from the icon but instead I did something and most of the icon had an overlay of a generic icon with the top right ear bent but I could see the edges of the original icon underneath. I totally forgot how I did all this. After a few days trying to fix it, I came accross your website again and "I saw the light". Running the program again helped me solve the problem and now all my original icons are back.

By error I stated that I used the program the second time. I did use it but I followed the instructions on Option Two "Manually in Registry Editor" I used the entry "%windir%\System32\imageres.dll,154"
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05 Mar 2013   #223

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Glad it could help agonzalez, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounded like you may have changed the overlay to a generic icon by mistake. Luckily, it's an easy fix by changing it again.
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09 Mar 2013   #224

Windows 7 Professional 32bit SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
The program in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below will still work in Windows 7. You might see if it can help you.

Shortcut Arrow - Vista Forums
I've used a Vista laptop for a few years and the 2. To Remove the Shortcut Arrow method from your link and it works perfectly on Win7.

I tried FxVisor32.msi on Win7 which does work but if you uninstall it the arrows re-appears so this second option is the best.
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16 Mar 2013   #225

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Icon Arrows - Option 2 problem


I tried option 2 and found that all my icons now have big black squares where the arrows used to be. What have I done wrong? Can anyone help me.

Thanks, in advance.

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16 Mar 2013   #226

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Saroshp, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Which option did you use in OPTION TWO?

If you used a custom .ico file of your own, did you leave the icon at the path you entered in the registry?

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing all of this registry location to see if anything may stand out as a cause.

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16 Mar 2013   #227

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Icon Arrow Black Squares


Thank you very much for your response.

I have attached an .doc file with my registry entry. I did not place a .ico file at that location because all I wanted to do was to remove the arrow & I was under the impression that the ",50" in the registry Entry would do just that. If I need an Icon file, could you please let me know where I could download one from.

Hope it sheds some light on how I have mucked things up. Thanks for helping.


Attached Files
File Type: doc Icon Arrow Reg Entry.doc (177.0 KB, 300 views)
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16 Mar 2013   #228

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

It's hard to tell from your screenshot, but make sure that there's not a space between System and 32.



If there isn't a space and it's like above, then you might see how any of these paths below may work for other included transparent icons.
  • %windir%\System32\shell32.dll,51
  • %windir%\System32\shell32.dll,52
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18 Apr 2013   #229

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
thanks brink

Thanks dude I had done this before (Making the arrows invisible) but couldn't seem to get it to work. If I set it to .....50 then the arrows would show up as big black boxes. The small arrow and large arrows would work fine but not the transparent one. Any way waded through the pages and found the -50 option for the string 29 and it worked like a charm. recently did a scan with security essentials and did a disk cleanup and the computer rebooted for updates so don't really know what caused it but thanks for providing me with the toolz to fix the problem myself.
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