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Windows 7: Desktop icons driving me nuts

20 Oct 2010   #1

Win7 home premium 32 bit
Desktop icons driving me nuts

Somehow ALL the icons for desktop shortcuts to installed programs look like the attached. I am trying to find out how to get rid of the overlay on top of the icon.

Any help would be appreciated


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20 Oct 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

This may help you...

Icon Cache - Rebuild
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20 Oct 2010   #3

Win7 home premium 32 bit


thanks a lot...much appreciated...rebuilding the icon cache didn't help but restoring the default win7 file extension for shortcut .lnk did.

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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31 Oct 2010   #4


In regard to corrupted desktop icons I put this solution elsewhere but since the problem has turned up again I suppose it won't hurt to repeat it so hope it is of help.

If the shortcut arrow is not properly displayed then a generic image can appear over the Desktop icon making it almost unrecognisable. I found that alterations through 'View' and icon-size did not help nor did System Restore or deleting the icon-cache. However the fault could be overcome quite easily as follows:
  • Go through Control Panel to Display
  • Reset the size option to "Medium - 125%" and click "Apply"
  • Once the computer resets, visually confirm that the shortcut arrow appears correctly
  • Then go back through the Control Panel again and reset to "Smaller - 100%"
This also works for icons on the Menu.
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31 Oct 2010   #5

Win7 home premium 32 bit

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