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Windows 7: Doubled up Icons

23 Jun 2016   #1

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Doubled up Icons

For quite some time I have had doubled up icons in 2 places. That is one icon sitting on top of the same icon. I need to attach pictures.
See below.

I guess it doesn't hurt anything, but it really bugs me.

Windows 7. The one photos is a game. The start icon is double all the time.

Attached Images
Doubled up Icons-double-2jpg.jpg Doubled up Icons-double-lines.jpg 
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27 Jun 2016   #2

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Originally Win 7 Hm Prem x64 Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601-SP1 | Upgraded to Windows 10 December 14, 2019

I would like you to check two registry keys, how familiar are you with regedit?

If you know how open the registry editor open it, if not...
  • Click on that doubled up Start button and type/copy/paste regedit into the search bar.
  • At the top of the results you should see under Programs, regedit.exe click on that and if you see the User Account Control box open click on Yes and the registry editor will open. You may want to resize the window to make it easier to see as you drill down to the keys you need to check.
The first key is: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders
When you get to User Shell Folders look to the right pane and find the name Desktop, does it have a value data of %USERPROFILE%\Desktop, like mine?
Doubled up Icons-linda.png

If it doesn't, double click on the name Desktop and an Edit String Box will appear, type/copy/paste %USERPROFILE%\Desktop into the value data slot and click on OK.

Do the same when you search for this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders
It is the same except for the beginning, this one has a different area HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and is right below the first one, HKEY_CURRENT_USER

When you get to the User Shell Folder, see if Desktop has a value data of: %PUBLIC%\Desktop , If not change it like you did for the first only use %PUBLIC%\Desktop for the entry.

If both keys already have the correct Value Data we will have to look elsewhere for a fix.

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