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Windows 7: Windows 7 Desktop Icons altered with White Sub-icon

12 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
Windows 7 Desktop Icons altered with White Sub-icon


All of sudden, most of the shortcut icons on my desktop have a white rectangle added to them with a small system icon in the middle of this white rectangle. Making a new shortcut still creates this "sub-icon". However, if I simply create a text document on the desktop it's ok. The weird thing is that some icons have this problem and some don't (e.g. folder shortcuts) - see screenshot below.

I have tried deleting the iconcache.db file and running a tweak called LnkFix, both to no avail. I also booted in Safe Mode and they are there too.

In desperation I did an 18 hour Acronis system restore to a few days ago when I don't recall having the problem. Still there!

Any help would be most welcome.

Kind regards

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12 Jul 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Ian, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This is an issue with your shortcut arrow overlay on the icon. Restoring the default overlay should sort this for you.

Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

Hope this helps, :)
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12 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

Shawn, you're a genius!

When I was thinking about the problem, the old program TweakUI came to mind which, as you probably know has a component like the overlay fix you suggested. So I guess I was on the right track.

Thanks heaps for the fast response - fantastic.

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12 Jul 2013   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Ian. Glad it could help. :)
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