Desktop Icons Problem

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by ECLiPSE 2002, Aug 5, 2003.

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    ECLiPSE 2002 Guest

    Using Win XP Home ed.

    Several of my desktop shortcut icons have changed back to generic
    forms rather than the specific program icons.

    For example my icons for many internet shortcuts have gone back to the
    Microsoft icon for Internet Explorer rather than the programs original
    Can someone tell me what has caused this and how I can restore the
    shortcut icons that were created by the program or application?

    I have gone to these program directories and created new desktop
    shortcuts from the .exe file but desktop still uses the generic icon.
    Thanks for any assistance.

    ECLiPSE 2002, Aug 5, 2003
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    Sharon F Guest

    Special icons for website shortcuts are small image files named favicon
    stored in the Temporary Internet Files folders. The icon will remain as
    long as the corresponding file is in the browser's cache. Empty the cache
    and it reverts to the IE shortcut icon.

    You can grab these favicon files out of the Temporary Internet Files
    folder. Rename them in a manner that helps you remember which one is for
    which site. Drop them into a folder on your hard drive - somewhere besided
    Temporary Internet Files. Then use the Properties> Change Icon of the
    individual internet shortcut to select the saved icon.

    There are third party programs available that simplify the above steps but
    the end results are the same: renaming and relocating the icons and then
    assigning them to the shortcut for the site.
    Sharon F, Aug 5, 2003
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    Unk Guest

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    Unk Guest

    For the repair of the executable program icons (whatever.exe), run TweakUI
    and use the "Rebuild Icons" tool on the "Repair" tab.

    The internet shortcut icons are a different story. It's called a "favicon"
    It's usually stored in the root directory of the website you visit.
    Because it's on the website and not your computer, when you go offline,
    or clear the cache files (C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files),
    you lose the icon and it reverts back to the Windows default.
    A Google search for "favicon" (almost 60,000 hits!)

    Now for the fun part. Because it's stored in the root directory of the
    website, it's usually stored with the default name of "favicon.ico"
    So, to grab Google's icon, send yourself an email with the web address and
    icon name. Example:
    (I mention Google only because they have one and it's there)
    When you get the email, right-click the link and "Save target as..."
    to your hard drive. When you look at the icon you just saved, if it's not
    the actual icon, but the Windows flag default (and bigger than about 2k)
    it's probably an html file (look at it with notepad). It says something like
    "requested page not found" (Oops, out of luck!)

    Now to get to your original question: Once you saved the icon to a folder,
    rename it to match the website, (Google.ico), right-click the Google website
    desktop shortcut, select "Properties", click "Change Icon", and "Browse"
    to where you saved the icon. Now, the icon will NEVER change.

    How to Create a favicon.ico

    Unk, Aug 5, 2003
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    Frank Guest

    Thanks to the responders - your help is appreciated

    Frank, Aug 6, 2003
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