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XP SP3 no longer allows changes to shortcut icons

by bill2reg / November 11, 2008 1:53 AM PST

I've been using XP SP3 for some time now with no problems, but it seems that since the last update (about 10-12 days ago?) I can no longer change the icons on my desktop shortcuts and they have mostly reverted to a generic icon (looks like a document). Also, all of the icons in my favorites list have also reverted. If I right-click on a shortcut icon and click properties, I can get to the "Change Icon" button and go throuhg the steps without any error message, etc. However, the icon simply does not change to the one I select, neither the "preloaded" windows icons or any custom one I browse to. It used to work fine, but now no matter what I enter, it reverts to some cryptic file name (%system%\\%system32%\something.dll or something like that). The only other change I have made recently was to change the size and spacing of my icons. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

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Please Try This...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 11, 2008 3:18 AM PST

Simply reboot into Safe Mode, the reboot back into "normal" Windows.. It will usually reset the iconcache and allow the icons to look normal again:

How To Start In 'Safe Mode'

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thanks.but no luck
by bill2reg / November 12, 2008 6:48 AM PST
In reply to: Please Try This...

I tried it but no change. Thanks for trying!

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Do you mean 'all' shortcut icons?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 11, 2008 4:57 AM PST
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Just web shortcuts
by bill2reg / November 12, 2008 6:49 AM PST

Seems that only the shortcuts to web pages are affected. Also all the little icons in my "Favorites" list are the generic ones. Could this be a problem with IE7? Perhaps a repair (if possible) of IE7 would fix this. I'm not sure how to do that.

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(NT) Did you try that workaround?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 12, 2008 8:11 PM PST
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Yes but no luck
by bill2reg / November 13, 2008 7:18 PM PST

Thanks Mark for the suggestion. However I tried that workaround and it will not allow me to type in the path. I have tried with and without quotes and it doesn't like the spaces either way. It also adds a leading C:\ before if I use quotes, and either way it changes the http:\\ to http:/ and no matter what I try, it just says the program *whatever I try to type* cannot be found.
Maybe the next update will fix the problem. Thanks again.

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