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Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:06 pm

Hi, all of a sudden and for no reason various icons have stopped loading for both the programs and files used by these programs:


Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Excel
Windows Live Messanger
Skype
Adobe Reader 8


The programs still work fine but I would like to have the icons back.
This seems to be a problem that many people are having but I can find no definite solution.


Any ideas?
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Re: Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:06 pm

It seems that the file association has been corrupted, I would like to suggest you perform the following steps to reset it.



Change the file association

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1. Click the Start Button and click Default Programs.

2. Click "Associate a file type or protocol with program."

3. Click the XXX file extension and verify whether it is correctly set to open with the program which you want to use.

4. If the configuration is not set correctly, please highlight this XXX file extension and click the Change program button.

5. Check whether the program is listed in the Recommended Program or Other Programs. If so, please choose the program and click OK.

6. If not, please click the Browse button to locate the correct program.

7. Click OK.
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Re: Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:08 pm

I have had this issue come up as well. For example, Microsoft word 2007 shortcut icon was not working along with many others. To fix it I went into Start, default programs, associate file types and re-associated .docx with Word 2007. Nothing happened.

So I then manually browsed to the Word 2007 application exe file in the programs, Microsoft office, office12, Winword.exe and created a shortcut in that folder. I then moved that shortcut to the desktop, renamed it and then pined it to the taskbar. Low and behold all blank icons refreshed and repaired themselves magically.

??? I am fixed, but still do not know why the icons are having this hiccup.

Good luck.
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Re: Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:10 pm

The Easiest way to fix this problem, which most of the time originates form creating your shortcuts in this manner:

Shortcut ---> Shortcut ---> Program,

these cause the icons to "lose their way" and appear as just generic icons.

To fix this in windows 7, you need to take the following steps:

1.) Go to start and click on computer
2.) Click on drive "C:"
3.) Double click on the Program Files Folder
4.) Double click on the Microsoft Office Folder
5.) Double click on the Office12 Folder
6.) Scroll down through that folder past the folders at the top, to where you start seeing individual files.
7.) To restore the shortcut you are missing or is corrupted look for the following names for the programs you want. (You may type these names into the search box in the upper right to make things easier.

Program Name of File
Access ------------> MSACCESS.exe
Excel --------------> EXCEL.exe
Groove -----------> GROOVE.exe
InfoPath ----------> INFOPATH.exe
Publisher ---------> MSPUB.exe
Pic Manager ------> OIS.exe
OneNote ----------> ONENOTE.exe
Outlook -----------> OUTLOOK.exe
PowerPoint -------> POWERPNT.exe
Word -------------> WINWORD.exe

8.) Once you have located the program file for the shortcut you are missing, simply right click and select create shortcut. It will say you can not create shortcut here, and would you like to place it on the desktop, click yes.
9.) Go to your desktop, and right click on the new icon, go to rename and rename it to you desired name.
10.) Enjoy your new icon and your newly restored (proper) icon picture!
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Re: Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:11 pm

I FOUND IT !!


Ok I found the way to solve that problem:


Get an application called : Iconpackager : http://www.stardock.com/products/iconpackager/


install it, run it once, close it.


Now, when you right click on a file with a blank icon, you should now get the option "change icon" from your right-click menu.


The program starts, (continue the trial).


Click on "repair image" (or something like that, my system is in French so...)


Do the same for every different MS Office File type, ex. .doc, .dox, .xls, etc. It also seemed to work with acrobat (but I'm using Nitro for my PDF...)


You might still need to create new shortcuts for your programs as EagleMitchell said, but this procedure/program should solve the rest of the problem !

Good luck !!
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Re: Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:12 pm

Always seemed to have this issue with 7.

All the fixes mentioned above are not really going to fix the problem. The issue seems to stem from how Windows 7 handles the caching of icons. You need to increase the cache size and this should get rid of corruption:

1. Navigate to the following key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

2. Create a REG_SZ (string value) called "Max Cached Icons" (omit quotes but include the spaces)

3. The default value is way too low(500). Bump it to 4096 (4MB) or more, I do 8192(8MB).(edit: you won't actually see a default value as this will be a newly created string, I meant to say it is default to Windows)

4. Reboot and you should be good to go.
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Re: Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:14 pm

I am having the same problem. It only is occuring with MS program. I have all of Office 12 installed and all work correctly; except, I am unable to install MS Project 2007 or MS Project 2010 - which I keep getting a 1310 error.

I'm the Administrator. UAC turned off. SubInACL used on registry. Added myself as a full control throughout. Took Ownership. Etc.

The new layers of security are just unintelligble compared to XP. Help appreciated...or a referral. Thx, Bruce
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Re: Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:17 pm

Go to MS Tools on the start menu and run Microsoft Office Giagnostic tools for Office 2007.

it fixed it for me.

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I did all the complicated processes and none worked and proved to be as easy in the world.
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Re: Icon Problem in Windows 7

Postby guest » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:21 pm

the issue with the change icon greyed out can be fixed by deleting and regenerating the shell icon cache in the Windows system directory. The cache will recreate upon system reboot and icons should display correctly.

If using Windows XP, each user has his own shell icon cache file that is called Iconcache.db

C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Iconcache.db

If using Vista or 7 each user has their own file that is called Iconcache.db.

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Iconcache.db

Older Windows have the shell icon cache located in a file named SchellIconCache in the Windows directory.

Locate the shell icon cache file and delete the file.

Note, the shell icon cache file is a hidden file, so the "Show hidden files, folders, drives" feature in the Windows Explorer needs to be enabled.

Recreate shortcut icon

The change icon greyed out problem often appears because the shortcut looses its link to the source file. In other words, the MS Word link is still linked to the WINWORD.EXE file but looses some information. When this happens the shortcut displays generic icon and the change icon button in shortcut properties is greyed out. This can be fixed by completely recreating the shortcut.

Locate the underlying file in the Program Files Microsoft Office folder:

MS Word -- WINWORD.exe
MS Excel -- EXCEL.exe
MS Access -- MSACCESS.exe
MS Outlook -- OUTLOOK.exe
MS PowerPoint -- POWERPNT.exe

Right click the file and select Create Shortcut, place the shortcut on the desktop. The icon should be restored.

Increase shell icon cache size

The change icon greyed out issue can be solved by increasing the size of the icon cache by modifying the following registry value

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
Max Cached Icons = "2048" (Range = "100"-"4096", Default = "512")

Change icon size

Another way to fix change icon greyed out is to recreate the icon cache by changing the icon size. In Windows 7:

Control Panel
-> All Control Panel Items
-> Personalization
-> Window Color and Appearance
-> Select Icon
-> Increase icon Size
-> OK

After rebooting the computer, the shell icon cache should be regenerated, and icons should display correctly. The change icon greyed out issue is fixed.
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