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Shortcut icons keep changing?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Shortcut icons keep changing?


    I have been using Windows 8 for a while now and I have noticed a strange problem.
    It appears that the shortcuts on my desktop keep having the icon changed (the arrow).
    Here is what it should look like normally (I think):


    Here is it with a different icon:
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    Here is it with another icon (from sync center?):
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    And another (notice the two UAC Shields on the second one):


    And here with nothing at all:



    What do you think could be causing this? I'm pretty sure I re-installed once and still had the problem. It seems absolutely random and rebooting doesn't really change it. Also I am not sure if this is the right thread, couldn't really figure out what fit.
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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Microangelo perhaps ????


    I can do things like that with Microangelo on Display.
    Do you have Microangelo ?

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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Never even heard of that until now. Can't find any trace of it on my system. You think installing it could help?

    And here is the latest one:
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22
    Windows 8 Pro With media Center


    Almost seems like a notifications feature. Downloading update - arrow down, installing update - installer icon, and updated - checkmark. And then of course the regular shortcut arrow. The uac shields mean that program is set to always be run as administrator, without specificly having to do so.

    I googled to see if it was a feature but couldn't find anything about it, nor anyone else asking the same question. So in other words i have no clue lol. I know im just so helpfull.
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by LightTrench View Post
    Never even heard of that until now. Can't find any trace of it on my system. You think installing it could help?

    And here is the latest one:

    If you never heard of Microangelo that's not the problem.

    It's a program for dealing with icons.
    Rather complicated & NOT cheap.

    I think a better solution should be available.

    Maybe a System Restore from a time when the problem did not exist.

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  6. #6


    Dungannon UK
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 x64 Pro


    For me it looks like corrupted iconcache.db. Try to rebuild it and problem most likely will be gone ^_^

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...e-rebuild.html
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