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Shortcut Icons on my Desktop

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  • Started 1 year ago by paulz
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paulz
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My short-cut icons on desktop have been overprinted by a basic windows Icon(the square one with three dots at top left and three colours in middle) The normal icons are there individually but underneath this icon.

Does anyone know how to remove the windows icon so that I can get my desktop back? " An answer an another site, was to right click and run desktop clean up, not an option with Vista Basic. Any other ideas, please? I can live with it; but would like to change them if poss. Thanks

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Xhi
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See if this procedure will do the job for you. How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows Vista and Windows 7

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paulz
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Thanks, will try that out

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paulz
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Hi Tried that, it can't find the file?


is the problem

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Xhi
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If the file string has any spaces in it, like in "The ballardz" the whole file string starting before C: and ending at the very end must be enclosed in quotes. That is your problem.

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paulz
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sorry to be so dense.

can't back arrow to the start of 'C:'?

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Lighthouse
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Try the exe, lnk,and ico fixes from here,
http://www.winhelponline.com/a.....Vista.html

reboot between each one.

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Ruja
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@paulz That command is wrong. What you have to do is the following:

cd "C:\Users\the ballardz\AppData\Local"
attrib -h IconCache.db
del IconCache.db

The first command is cd (Change Directory). It will "move" the command prompt to the directory specified. You can use it with a full path as we did here.
The second command changes the attributes of a file. In this case we remove the "Hidden" attribute from IconCache.db.
The third command deletes the IconCache.db file.

Reboot your computer afterwards.

There are other ways to do this, with Disk Cleanup for instance:
1. Run the Disk Cleanup tool (cleanmgr.exe)
2. Select Thumbnails, then OK
3. Reboot

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