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Windows 7: Black boxes over Desktop icons....

14 May 2009   #11
Zealox

Windows 7 RC7100
 
 

Its working fine here, on 64bit.


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04 Oct 2009   #12
TomW

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I've had the same problem for a month now. Using x64 Build 7100. GeForce 285 with latest drivers, etc. It seems like the problem started that way, (the shortcuts being gone), and even used a different way to get rid of arrows and all worked fine for a few days. Now the entire icon is gone. All executable shortcut icons are black boxes.

If I change resolution to 16 bit, icons come back until I reboot. Then I can change resolution back to 32 bit and all icons are there as normal... until I reboot and have to do the whole thing over again. I've done everything I can think of and it's driving me nuts!
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17 Nov 2009   #13
N7AS

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am having the same problem with the black icons. There are about 6 or 7 that are ok and all the rest are black. I just upgraded last night and applied a fix to get rid of the arrows. Then got an automatic update and then is when the icons turned black. I can right click on the desktop and click refresh, and for a split second the icons appear under the black correctly. I even tried change icon and the properties window showed the icon correctly, but when I hit apply it went back to black.
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17 Nov 2009   #14
N7AS

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I went into the registry and deleted the key that removed the arrows from the desktop shortcuts.

This registry key actually worked to remove the arrows, but only until after an automatic update last night. Then the icons turned black. I wish I took a screenshot after the update.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons” /v 29 /d %SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,50 /f

Doing that after a reboot removed the black from the icons and put back the arrows. Well, when the icons were black, there were a few that were not affected, so after I deleted the registry key those icons that were not blacked out now have no arrows. The screen shot will give an example of the icons that were not affected as they have no arrows.



Maybe I will leave it alone for now unless anyone has some more ideas...
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18 Nov 2009   #15
TomW

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Dude! You have some major icon action going on your desktop! And agreed, the arrows just annoy the hell out of me. I used a 'fix' as well, as well as the ol' delete the piffile and lnkfile registry 'IsShortcut' values. Black icons. All the executables are blaced out... that is, links to them.

For me, it's worth it to take 20 seconds before I reboot and put my resolution to 16 bit. Then when I reboot into black icons, I changed the rez back to 32 bit and no more blacked out icons. If something happens between reboots, (8gb ram and an i7 965-I don't have to reboot often), I can always get the same result by just logging off and then back on. Whatever refreshes the registry does the trick for me.

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24 Feb 2011   #16
Premsuman

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hey! all you have to do is to delete the "iconcatche.db" file that is situated in:
"C:\users\(your username)\appdata\local"
But first you have to make your system show all hidden files & folders. For this:
1) Go to folder options.
2) Go to view & check "Show hidden files & folders & drives"
Then go to "C:\users\(your username)\appdata\local" and delete the file named "iconcatche.db"
and restart the computer. At logon, your computer will automatically recreate the iconcatche.
And everything will be allright.
This process worked for mee and I am sure that it will also work for you.
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20 May 2012   #17
Flo56

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Have just sorted this for friend who had this black/blanked out icons problem on a Windows 7 laptop. I downloaded the "Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover" program from this link...
Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover - CNET Download.com
and installed it and set the arrow setting to the light arrows one then logged off/on from system and the black/blanked out icons problem was gone. The 'light' arrow setting shows shortcuts with a barely visible blue arrow in the corner which is ideal.
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09 Oct 2015   #18
Ev7

64 Bit Windows Home Premium
 
 
Solved

This worked for me too! THANKS!
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Premsuman View Post
Hey! all you have to do is to delete the "iconcatche.db" file that is situated in:
"C:\users\(your username)\appdata\local"
But first you have to make your system show all hidden files & folders. For this:
1) Go to folder options.
2) Go to view & check "Show hidden files & folders & drives"
Then go to "C:\users\(your username)\appdata\local" and delete the file named "iconcatche.db"
and restart the computer. At logon, your computer will automatically recreate the iconcatche.
And everything will be allright.
This process worked for mee and I am sure that it will also work for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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