Stumped on Windows Desktop Shortcut Display issue

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  1. Firebird

    Firebird New Member

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    A few days ago my Desktop shortcut icons went to hell. I'm stumped. I tried a restore but it had issues reapplying the registry. Ran a reg cleaner as a last resort and nothing. I'd imagine it is some sort of registry thing, but I'm not an expert on it. I may be wrong too. I have no idea where to even begin, nor what to search for.

    All of my shortcuts are displaying the normal shortcut icon with a "file" icon on top. Non shortcuts do not have this problem (IE My Computer, any exe or .jpg I put on my desktop).

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    Any ideas at all?
     
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  3. Firebird

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    Thanks.

    Followed it exactly and there was no effect. Still the white icons on top of the normal icons.

    Also, I followed the MS10-046: Vulnerability in Windows Shell could allow remote code execution that was in the discussion area of your link and it had no affect as well.

    Any more ideas?
     
  4. Josephur

    Josephur Windows Forum Admin
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    Have you tried deleting the Icon Cache folder for your user account?
    Run cmd.exe (don't think you need elevated privs)
    Kill Explorer.exe so it's not running (or better yet do this in safe mode)

    CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    DEL IconCache.db /a
    EXIT

    Restart Explorer and/or computer, does this solve your issue?
     
  5. Firebird

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    I rebooted in safemode. By the way, they displayed incorrectly in safemode too.

    I loaded cmd.exe, killed explorer.exe , and deleted the IconCache.db file and rebooted. Still messed up.
     
  6. Josephur

    Josephur Windows Forum Admin
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    I looked more closely at your screenshot and it appears the icons are there but another icon overlay is missing that's supposed to be overlay-ed on top of them, for instance the "shortcut to" arrow that displays when a shortcut points to something. What happens when you turn off this overlay, does this fix the issue?

    64-bit:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons]
    "29"="C:\\Windows\\Blank.ico,0"

    32-bit:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons]
    "29"="%SystemRoot%\\Blank.ico,0"
     
  7. Firebird

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    Ahhh! It worked!

    I had to improvise a little though and download a Blank.ico off the web (maybe I could have made one, not sure).

    KUDOS!
     
  8. Josephur

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    Hmm there should be a blank icon in shell32.dll you might be able to use, let me open it up and look... looks like Icon 30 in Shell32.dll might be the normal shortcut icon..
    Icon 50-53 looks blank, you could try those too.

    %systemroot%\\System32\\Shell32.dll,30
    etc...
     
  9. Joshua Hayes

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    THANKS! my problem is fixed
     

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