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    Desktop Shortcut Icons changed to undefined icon


    by hypatia ·

    It didn’t happen all at once – slowly over time my desktop shortcut icons to both Internet URLs and Network shared drives have changed from the custom icon I had, to the icon that represents an “undefined” file. This only occurs when I have the icons set to “large” (Display Properties \ Appearance \ Effects \ Large Icons). As soon as I change the settings back to default size – I get the icons back. I am using IE7 and WinXP.

    I have tried everything from TweakUI, to changing Registry settings for Max Icon Cache, to having my network guy change my profile name so I could log-in and create a new profile. My Network guru thinks it might have to do with IE7 as the network has recently forced that upgrade to all workstations.

    Anybody else experienced this? Did you find a fix?

    Thanks for your time & help.

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    • #2924185


      by hypatia ·

      In reply to Desktop Shortcut Icons changed to undefined icon


    • #2924182

      Large size custom icon not installed

      by nepenthe0 ·

      In reply to Desktop Shortcut Icons changed to undefined icon

      When you select [i]large[/i] icon size, Windows will search for the customized icon, but if the only available icon is [i]small[/i], Windows will substitute a generic [i]default[/i] icon.

      Icons come in 4 sizes:

      32×32 pixels
      48×48 pixels
      64×64 pixels
      72×72 pixels

      I suspect that your [i]large[/i] icon is 48×48 pixels, but you should check this to confirm. One way to do that is to open a large icon with Microsoft Paint, or simply right click and select [i]Properties[/i].

      The solution, if you prefer large icons, is to configure a customized large icon. This can be done with the default [i]Paint[/i] application, or you may wish to obtain a more sophisticated program such as Microangelo:

      Also, check out LiquidView:

    • #2924181

      See if this works for your icons.

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Desktop Shortcut Icons changed to undefined icon

      Increasing the Folder Cache
      The default setting for WindowsXP is to cache the Explorer settings for 400 folders.
      To increase it:
      1.Start Regedit
      2.Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam
      3.Change the vaule of BagMRU to whatever size you want (hex)
      1000 – 3e8
      2000 – 7d0
      3000 – bb8
      4000 – fa0
      5000 – 1388

      Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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