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Windows 7: Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore

24 Feb 2012   #150
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by powergeeks View Post
I don't know if this is obnoxious or rude, and I apologize if it is either!
But, when I wanted to get rid of the arrows, at least for the non system applications, and even then, for some of them at least, I found the actual .exe in the program files folder/ Windows folder respectively. Copy, paste onto the desktop, and there I had it.

It wasn't a shortcut anymore, but still pointed to the same program, and read the same files to do so. I can't get it for a Computer icon, but that was it. A lot more simple than a utility or reg editing in my opinion.

I hope this helps, or at least invokes some thought. And I really hope this wasn't brought up previously...
Hello Powergeeks, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You are only copying the .exe file to the desktop, so this wouldn't be a shortcut. It is also not recommended to do this since most programs will not run like this. Most programs will have other files in it's C:\Program Files folder that are needed to be in the same location as the exe file for the program to run, and runing the .exe file by itself like that on the desktop will not always work.


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24 Feb 2012   #151
powergeeks

Windows 7 Ultamate x86
 
 

Really? I've never had this problem. I've done it for ages on a number of computers. Huh. Thanks for the info, I'll look out for that.

Thanks for correcting me, I hate giving out false info!
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24 Feb 2012   #152
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If they are standalone .exe files, then that would work just fine. However, if it's a .exe file for a installed 3rd party program, it most likely will not work. For example, Firefox.

This is because when the program is installed, the registry entries for it all point to where the program was installed to (ex: C:\Program Files). If you run the actual .exe file from the desktop, then the other files it needs from the installed location (ex: C:\Program Files) cannot be found and thus the program does not run or gives a error. This is why a shortcut is used instead since a shortcut will run the .exe from it's installed location.
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24 Feb 2012   #153
powergeeks

Windows 7 Ultamate x86
 
 

Hmm. I feel like I really should have known that...
Thanks, I'm gonna go work on a MSCE training now.

Apparently, I need it.
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24 Feb 2012   #154
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, no problem mate. Thanks for trying to make an addition though.
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03 Mar 2012   #155
ajfudge

Windows 7 Professional x64 | Windows ME | Windows 8 Dev Preview
 
 

Hi Brink. Is it possible to use a different overlay icon for symlinks? symlinks uses the same overlay arrow that shortcuts use. I would like to be able to tell which is which by marking symlinks with a different arrow and to avoid going into Properties.
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03 Mar 2012   #156
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello AJ,

I'm not sure how to change that one, but it would be a good question to ask/post in the Customization forum area.
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04 Mar 2012   #157
ajfudge

Windows 7 Professional x64 | Windows ME | Windows 8 Dev Preview
 
 

Brink,

Thanks. I'll do that.
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26 Apr 2012   #158
anu0512

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi, I'm getting this error and if I used any third party application to remove the shortcut, the shortcut icon replace by other icon. See the image below. I also tried to rebulid the icon cache.



Code:
See the end of this message for details on invoking 
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.
 
************** Exception Text **************
System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: The system cannot find the file specified
at System.Diagnostics.Process.StartWithCreateProcess(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
at VistaArrowGone.Form1.btApply_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)
 
 
************** Loaded Assemblies **************
mscorlib
Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
----------------------------------------
FxVisor
Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
Win32 Version: 2.0.0.0
CodeBase: file:///C:/Program%20Files/Frameworkx/FxVisor/FxVisor.exe
----------------------------------------
System.Windows.Forms
Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Windows.Forms.dll
----------------------------------------
System
Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.dll
----------------------------------------
System.Drawing
Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/2.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Drawing.dll
----------------------------------------
System.Configuration
Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Configuration/2.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Configuration.dll
----------------------------------------
System.Xml
Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Xml.dll
----------------------------------------
 
************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
application or computer (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging
enabled.
 
For example:
 
<configuration>
<system.windows.forms jitDebugging="true" />
</configuration>
 
When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
rather than be handled by this dialog box.
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26 Apr 2012   #159
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Anu,

Rebuilding the icon cache will not help with this issue since it's a shortcut arrow overlay issue on the icon instead of the actual icon. You should be able to use OPTION ONE to either restore the default arrow overlay, or what you like.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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