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nam_tak

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can someone please help me...

I am running XP home and the icons on my desktop keep changing. It looks like it is only happening to the efax files on the desktop. Everytime I go back to the desktop, they have changed to a different icon...

how can i fix this problem?? and should i be worried?

thanks....:)
 
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Nam_tak
Welcome to TSG!
Icons changing could be a sign of the "ShellIconCache" file being to small and you are bumping the top end of it. If so the best way to solve this problem is to increase the size of the cache.
You can do it two ways.....
1) Manually using the regedit command from the run line navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer key and add a value and value name as follows:
"Max Cached Icons"="8000"

or

2) Download the attached txt file but do not open it. Right click it and change the full name from iconcache.txt to iconcache.reg and save. If you have done it correctly the iconcache files icon will change to blue building blocks. Now if you double left click that icon it will initiate the merge and say OK. This will create the lines in the registry required, set the cache to 2048, and give you the ability to change it easily in Folder Options\View tab.

Let us know if that fixes the problem for you.

Dave
 

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