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Desktop icons can't be changed

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dgibb, Dec 21, 2001.

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  1. dgibb

    dgibb Thread Starter

    Dec 21, 2001
    All of a sudden all my desktop icons are set to the icon of one of my program files (excep the icon for My Computer). I can't change any of them back using the 'properties' option. When I try to 'apply' the change, it changes it in the properties window, but doesn't do it on the desktop.

    What gives? Is there some file that's got some global property set or a flag that doesn't allow changes to the desktop icons?

    Every desktop icon except the My Computer icon is like this. Any new shortcuts or folders I create also inherit this "default" icon.

  2. Brooks

    Brooks Guest

    Oct 30, 2001
    Do you have a copy of Tweakui?

    There is a part of the program that will rebuild the icons for you.

    You did not indicate whether you were running XP or 2000/NT. the versions for the two of them are different, so I will send you links to both of the versions.

    This one is for XP.


    This is for the rest.


    Just install tweakui and go to the repair page and tell it to rebuild the icons.

    If this does not work, let us know so we can look at other possible causes.
  3. buck52

    buck52 Banned

    Mar 9, 2001
    Howdy dgibb

    What's the program?

  4. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

    Aug 26, 2001
    Try deleting the 'ShelliconCache' file in your Windows folder.

    Subsequently, reboot.

    You need to be able to view hidden files to see the ShellIconCache file: click Folder Options on the View menu in Windows Explorer, click the View tab, click Show All Files, and then click OK.
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