The shortcut icons in Windows Vista have Huge arrows on them. If you are worried about the look of your desktop, you may not want to see the ugly arrows.
Note: We’ve tested this and it works perfectly in Windows 7 32-bit as well, but does not work in 64-bit.. Here’s some before and after pictures so you’ll know what to expect:
Shortcut Arrow Removed:
Note: Because so many people have written in about problems with the registry tweaks, I’m going to suggest that you use the FrameworkX application first, and I’m removing the registry tweaks from this page.
Preferred Method: Using Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover utility
You can download a small, free utility from Frameworkx.com that will easily let you remove the shortcut arrows without having to do any registry patches. See how easy it is:
Update: I’ve stashed the file locally on this server since the original site is dead in the water.
Update 2: I’ve added the 64-bit version of this application.
For 64-bit Windows, you can use Ultimate Windows Tweaker.