(Solved) - Win 7 Desktop Icons for Apps Have Default Icon Superimposed!!!(12 posts)
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Looks to me like an errant shortcut arrow. See if doing some of the things in this article will help. How to Change, Remove, or Restore the Windows 7 Shortcut Arrow Overlay Icon
I tried Lighthouse's suggestion first. When I looked at [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons], "29" had a value that was a path to a nonexistent file!
I replaced it with a 5x5 empty.ico but that didn't really help except that it made me go back further and see Xhi's suggestion. Installing the Vista Shortcut Manager allowed me to have my icons back!!