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Windows 7: Shortcut Icons on desktop all changed - have a different overlay

01 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Shortcut Icons on desktop all changed - have a different overlay

Not sure how or why this happens, but I put my computer to sleep last night (no pun intended) and this morning when turning it on all "shortcut" icons on my desktop were the same - and you can still see the regular icons behind it. Note: Only the "shortcut" icons were affected and no other ones. Also, the shortcuts all still worked properly. Just the so called "overlay" is different.

Shortcut Icons on desktop all changed - have a different overlay-capture-desktop-icons-all-changed.png

I happened to try adding a new shortcut, and when I do so all the "shortcut" icons change again.

Shortcut Icons on desktop all changed - have a different overlay-capture-desktop-icons-all-changed-2.png

Sometimes they all change to the exact same "overlay" and other times there can be more than one overlay, but only the "shortcut" icons are affected.

After searching the forums - I would have tried rebuilding icon cache that was mentioned a number of times, but the post has the following note:
This will not help with any of the following icon issues:
  • All icons for a specific file extension display the wrong icon. This may be do to setting the wrong association for what program to open the file extension instead. You can restore the default file extension's associations to fix this icon instead.
I've also checked the default file extension's associations post and my registry entries matched up with the "lnk" entry on that page, except for:
and mine has:

Is there a specific place in the registry that controls the "shortcut" overlay?
Also, any ideas on how they changed on their own and why they would change when creating a new shortcut? could it be malware or just a corrupt file or incorrect registry entry?


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01 May 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello ctmar, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use any option in the tutorial below to change the shortcut arrow overlay icon back to the small arrow or what you like to fix this.

Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

Hope this helps, :)
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01 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

Thanks Brink.

Just running out now, but will look at this later today.
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09 May 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64

When I went to implement the fix, it stopped happening, so I wasn't able to test out the solution.

The link you provided exactly explains how to change the little overlay icon. Marking as solved.

Thanks again Shawn.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2013   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome ctmar. I'm happy to hear that it sorted itself out for you. :)
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