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Windows 7 Shortcuts Changing to Default Icon or Disappearing

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:51 pm

I can't believe it. Many of my Shortcut Icons were changing to the Windows 7 Default Icon. I submitted a question to the Windows7Forums: http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-sup ... post124074

The answer that I received from this question is that I should format and reinstall. I personally feel that this is not fixing the problem but circumventing it.

I originally followed the suggested path of upgrading from Windows Vista Ult 64Bit to Windows 7 Ult 64Bit rather than doing a clean install. If this is the suggested path then, I believe, that Microsoft should offer a fix for my issue.

Now I am finding that shortcuts are disappearing completely. The programs are still installed, because I can find them when I use Windows Explorer, but when I click on the Globe and then scroll to ie: MS Office it says that it is empty. I also had the (not very important) Snood Deluxe game installed and the same thing happened to it. I haven't looked into every installed programs folder from the Startbar but I have no doubt that there are other Shortcuts missing.

I have scanned my machine with both McAfee AV and SUPERAntiSpyware Professional and neither of these programs have found a Virus or Trojan of any kind. So, I do not believe that the machine has succumbed to Malware. I have not ran any Registry Repair applications (maybe I should).
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Re: Windows 7 Shortcuts Changing to Default Icon or Disappearing

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:51 pm

As the shotrcuts in the Start menu, if they disappeared, you can check the following folder first,

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

As the shortcuts pinned in the Taskbar, you can check this folder:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

If your shortcuts disappeared in the two folders, you can try restore the Previous version to fix your issue.

1. right-click the folder, and click Properties. The Properties dialog box will appear.
2. On the Previous Versions tab, click the version of the file that you want to restore and click Restore. A warning message about restoring a previous version will appear. Click Yes to complete the procedure.

You can refer to this link:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind ... -questions
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Re: Windows 7 Shortcuts Changing to Default Icon or Disappearing

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:54 pm

Booting into Safe Mode and then restarting normally was the only method which was successful for me as well. My particular problem was initiated by me manually creating a new desktop folder to act as a repository for a number of desktop shortcuts/icons which were cluttering it. Rather than deleting them (which I wasn't interested in due to their usefulness) I decided to simply transfer them over to this new unified destination, a technique which I've used without issues for years on XP. Windows 7, however, seems to have some pretty significant issues with moving shortcuts or creating unique icons for folders, etc. After transferring these shortcuts to this new folder, everything seemed fine until I returned a little later and noticed that 10 of the 14 icons had disappeared, replaced by default ones. Anyhow, long story short... Tried basically everything mentioned here and the only solution was simply booting into safe mode, and then restarting Windows normally. Presto! Icons back.
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Re: Windows 7 Shortcuts Changing to Default Icon or Disappearing

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:55 pm

I have the same problem as you and after searching for a day for a definitive solution, i have found this one that works on another forum located here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/49 ... build.html

The reason seems to be that icons stored have for some reason disappeared (inexplicably?). The solution is also stupidly simple after i've tried every suggestion in this thread.

1) go to start menu and search for: cmd

2) right click on cmd and choose "run as administrator" (--> this causes command line to change from C:\users\<account name> to change to: C:\windows\system32).

3) turn off everything you are doing after saving your work because now you will be closing explorer.exe

4) in the command line enter each command separately and with enter following each line



•taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F

•CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local

•DEL IconCache.db /a

•shutdown /r


5) after the restart, everything should be back to normal.



This is a complete fix for the problem and not a work around and I can verify that it worked for me. Good luck all.

also this is a copy and paste from my original post but i think we also have the same problem
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Re: Windows 7 Shortcuts Changing to Default Icon or Disappearing

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:55 pm

I think I have another option to fix the sudden 'default' look of some shortcut icons.

Right-click on the shortcut in question and select properties.

Under the 'Shortcut' Tab click on 'Advanced'.

Check the box that says 'Run as Administrator' and click OK and click 'Apply'.

Now click on 'Change Icon'.

The appropriate icon is probably already selected and not doing its job, at this point you should re-select it (just click on it again).

Click Ok, click 'Apply' and when prompted for confirmation as administrator click 'Continue'.

Your shortcut Icon should now display the correct image.
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