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Black boxes replacing shortcut arrows on reboot.

  1. #1


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1

    Black boxes replacing shortcut arrows on reboot.


    So, I find the shortcut arrows ruin all the fancy icons of my games.

    I've tried "%windir%\System32\shell32.dll,-50" in the registry, following the steps here: Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Obviously this is not working for Windows 8.1 because after a reboot or relog, then they turn into: Click image for larger version

    What is happening is they become large, black boxes, about the same size as the vista style shortcut arrows.

    Is there anyway I can remove shortcut arrows on icons for Windows 8.1 without those boxes showing up/

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  2. #2


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 558
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Let's put the shortcut arrows back for now, maybe we can find a better way to eliminate the arrows without getting ugly markings in return. Tweaking.com's Windows Repair (All in One) has a click box to re-pair icons and/or their shortcut arrows to their respective places. Hover, Inc.'s RegSeeker has a click box that purports to eliminate shortcut arrows -- however, I have never tried it.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Well, I can fix it by just removing the registry value "29" but whenever I put it back it makes black boxes.
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  4. #4


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 558
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Quote Originally Posted by Ess View Post
    Well, I can fix it by just removing the registry value "29" but whenever I put it back it makes black boxes.
    Tweaking.com's Windows Repair (All in One) item number 12 - repair icons; what happened after you tried this? Now, it doesn't mention shortcut arrows directly, I'm hoping that repairing the icons will bring back the shortcut arrows, back to Windows' beginning. Then, a utility needs to be found that will do what you want without leaving black boxes on each icon.
    IMO, I recommend against removing shortcut arrows; when one is in the midst of making changes, deleting this, copying that, moving the other, one can easily delete or copy or move a program [EXE] instead of just its associated shortcut/icon.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ess View Post
    Well, I can fix it by just removing the registry value "29" but whenever I put it back it makes black boxes.
    Tweaking.com's Windows Repair (All in One) item number 12 - repair icons; what happened after you tried this? Now, it doesn't mention shortcut arrows directly, I'm hoping that repairing the icons will bring back the shortcut arrows, back to Windows' beginning. Then, a utility needs to be found that will do what you want without leaving black boxes on each icon.
    IMO, I recommend against removing shortcut arrows; when one is in the midst of making changes, deleting this, copying that, moving the other, one can easily delete or copy or move a program [EXE] instead of just its associated shortcut/icon.
    I ran the program, and it fixed it at first. After doing a restart, something the program needed, the black boxes came back.

    I've noticed that when they aren't there, doing any sort of restart or relog brings them back.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Please help
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  7. #7


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 558
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Quote Originally Posted by Ess View Post
    Please help
    I have no more ideas; I'll be listen' in and learning right alongside with you. Others will have to weigh in at this point.
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Black boxes replacing shortcut arrows on reboot.

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