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Shortcut icons changing

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by danno74, Feb 11, 2003.

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  1. danno74

    danno74 Thread Starter

    Jun 24, 2002
    This one is kinda weird, and isn't just limited to our W2k pcs at work, I have seen it happen on Win95 as well...

    For some reason, we have this problem where people's icons for shortcuts on their desktop and quicklaunch bar are changing. It's simply the icon, not the shortcut itself, because it still points to the same program. Does anyone have any idea what is going on?
  2. Del


    Aug 31, 2001
    Do they all change to the same looking Icon?
    What does it look like?
  3. The_Egg


    Sep 16, 2002
    Sounds like the old corrupt icon cache problem

    Three possible fixes (well, there's probably more, with 3rd-party software*)

    1. Delete "ShellIconCache" file in the Windows -OR- WinNT dir
    This file will be recreated on next boot

    2. Create or increase the icon cache size in the registry

    string: Max Cached Icons
    value: 2048

    This increases icon cache to 2mb
    Win9x default size is 500kb, Win2k/XP default size is 1mb

    3. Display Properties -> Appearance -> change Icon size to something else, then back to 32
    (c/o Appearance -> Advanced in WinXP)

    *TweakUI -> Repair -> Rebuild Icons
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