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Shortcuts have Windows Photo Viewer icon

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 64-bit

    Shortcuts have Windows Photo Viewer icon


    In the Metro screen, some shortcuts have an icon that looks like the Windows Photo Viewer icon. Some of these programs are: Macrium Reflect, Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center, TightVNC Viewer and Adobe Reader XI. See the screenshot below. How can I restore the icons, and prevent it from happening again?

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Megalos,

    If you like, download and merge the .reg file for the listed lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below. It will restore the default associations and registry entries for shortcuts, and hopefully fix this for you.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    In addition, you might also rebuild the icon cache.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    If that is truly the Metro Start Screen, I would check the "all apps" view and see how they look there. If OK on the all app view, then simply right-click and pin to start menu. Once done, you can delete (unpin) the unwanted app icons from the Metro Start Screen:

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    I have no idea what might have caused this so I cannot offer a long-term solution. Good luck to you!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Megalos,

    If you like, download and merge the .reg file for the listed lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below. It will restore the default associations and registry entries for shortcuts, and hopefully fix this for you.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Will this solution also fix the 3rd party apps as well?
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  5. #5


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello my2cents,

    It's for all shortcut (LNK) files.
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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    OK, thanks for that. Hopefully, the OP will respond with the testing results from both suggestions.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Thank you for all your suggestions. I tried to restore the default associations for the LNK files, and also rebuilt the icon cache as Brink suggested. Unfortunately, after a restart the icons are still the same. When I go to the 'All apps' screen, the icons for these programs are incorrect as well.

    I found another program with the incorrect icon: Microsoft Lync 2010. One additional note: when I open one of these programs, the icon in the taskbar is also the incorrect one.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    I wonder if Sandboxie has something to do with your issue?

    www.sandboxie.com :: View topic - Taskbar Icons not showing 3.65.05
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  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 64-bit


    As a test I uninstalled Sandboxie and Macrium Relfect. I then re-installed Macrium Reflect. But unfortunately the icon is still missing. So it seems Sandboxie is not the problem here. One thing though: When I set the taskbar preferences to 'Combine when taskbar is full', the icon is displayed properly in the taskbar. See the images below:

    'Always combine, hide labels':
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    'Combine when taskbar is full':
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    In the Metro screen however (and in the 'All apps' screen) the icons are still incorrect.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for testing. I'm not sure if this is relevant but could you try rebuilding the icon cache after uninstalling Sandboxie and Macrium? Then rebooting and trying the Macrium reinstall again?
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