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Icons on desktop mysteriously modified


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#1 rickzi

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 09:23 PM

The icons on my desktop suddenly were modifed with a tiny little rectangle that looks like a miniature desktop with little red, green and blue characters added to them.
The recycle bin and my computer icons don't have this modification. Any ideas how to remove this would be appreciated

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 04:59 AM

Do the programs/folders/documents etc. associated with those "bad" icons open and run correctly? If so, could be your icon cache has become corrupted. See this :
How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 7 http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/49819-icon-cache-rebuild.html


If one or more of your icons are not displaying correctly, or your icon cache is corrupted, then you might consider rebuilding the icon cache to reset and reload the icon images into the icon cache.

Note This will not help with any of the following icon issues:

* A shortcut's icon that is not displayed properly due to the source of the shortcut being moved or deleted. You may need to recreate a new shortcut directly from the source (ex: program's exe) file to replace it instead.
* All icons for a specific file extension display the wrong icon. This may be do to setting the wrong association for what program to open the file extension instead. You can restore the default file extension's associationsto fix this....


Restore Default Windows 7 File Extension Type Associations http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/19449-default-file-type-associations-restore.html

This will allow you to restore the default registry entries and program associations for the Windows 7 file extension type of your choice.

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This can be helpful for example when a file extension type opens with the wrong program by default, has the wrong icon, or is missing or corrupted in the registry. Downloading the .reg file for the selected file extension in the tutorial below, will restore that file extension back to default for all of these items above.

Warning
You will need to be logged on to an administrator account to apply these. As a backup, you should create a restore point before applying the downloaded default file extention below. This way you can do a System Restore to go back to before you applied it if needed.


Hope this helps.

Edited by Union_Thug, 02 March 2011 - 05:02 AM.


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Posted 02 March 2011 - 09:56 AM

Thanks....I'll give it a try. The applications work fine.




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