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    Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    Something has changed and I can't work our what <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> , although no doubt I did something that caused it <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15> <img src=/S/notmyfault.gif border=0 alt=notmyfault width=15 height=15>

    Anyway, now I need a fix <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>

    I have numerous URL shortcuts in a Toolbar (in an Explorer folder) all of which are showing the unimaginative blue Explorer. They used to show customised icons that I have stored on my had disk. When I right click on the shortcut, select properties, change icon, the correct icon is displayed. I click OK and the icon on the "Web Document" tab changes to the desired icon, but when I click "Apply" or "OK" again nothing changes <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15>

    I search high and low on the web, Microsoft KB, numerous XP help and tweaking sites but without any joy. Seems I've hit a <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

    The problem applies to all URL file shortcuts that I have in Explorer, except in the Favourites Folder where I can pick up the Favicon from the URL web site. Strangely , I can change the icon in the Quick Launch area on the Taskbar but it reverts the the blue "E" after a reboot or resume after hibernating, but I cannot change the icon in the Quick lAunch Explorer Folder. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    I'm sure there is some <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15> Lounger out there with the fix.

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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    You need to flush IconCache. The best way to do it is to use TweakUI Powertoy (you can download it from here ).

    Open TweakUI, on the left pane click Repair, on the right pane click on "Rebuild Icons" button.

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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    I've tried TweakUI "Rebuild Icons" but that unfortunately does not make any difference whatever <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

    I suspect something has inadvertently been changed in Registry, but I have no idea what. Anyone got any clues where to look?

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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    Try AM-Deadlink. It is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and easy to use.

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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    I'm afraid AM-Deadlink (or PC Mag's FavIcon) doesn't solve my problem.

    The URL link from the shortcut works just fine.

    The problem is only with the showing of an icon I select from my hard disk in Windows Explorer and in Quick Launch on the Taskbar, not in Internet Explorer's favourites.

    Any more ideas?

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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    It's not <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> (except to try), but Microangelo may resolve this issue for you. It allows you to change the icons for almost everything and I believe the changes stick, even after the trial period expires. This , of course, doesn't address your problem or what is actually causing it, but is a possible temporary "work-around" for this situation. I believe that you are correct that some value in the registry has become corrupt or changed but have no idea what or where..
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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    Thanks for the suggestion, Microangel looks lkike a great icon utility <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> (although I'd say overpriced), but it hasn't solved my problem either. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15> But it did remind me of another one. In Microangelo Explorer (and quite a few other applications) I only see the following Folders:

    Desktop
    -- My Network Places
    | + Entire Network
    | + My Web Sites on MSN
    |------ Unused Desktop Shortcuts

    And that is it <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> No access to any other Folders on my hard disk <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

    Maybe this problem is related to the icon changing problem <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

    To make my problem clear I've attached a graphic of the steps taken to try and change the icon of a URL shortcut in Windows Explorer and the results.

    Still looking for a solution, but for now it's <img src=/S/coffeetime.gif border=0 alt=coffeetime width=32 height=48>

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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    Just a shot in the dark here.... but, if you disable your network connection, does that give you back My Documents and My Computer in the Explorer view ??
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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    Interesting thought, but unfortunately disabling my network connection (and rebooting) does not solve the problem. I've also tried disabling ZoneAlarm and AVG Antivirus and rebooting but that doesn't make any difference either.

    The restricted Folder listing also occurs in "Notepad" and "WordPad" , although WordPad also displays "My Recent Documents" but that's it - this happens in both the "Open" and "Save As" dialogues. All MS Office products show all Folders.Windows Explorer shows all Folders when opened from a shortcut with a command line parameter for a drive or folder or file, but without the command line parameter Explorer opens with the restricted Folder list including "My Documents" (not "My Recent Documents") .

    I suspect this Folder display problem is related to the URL shortcut Icon changing problem, but with no real understanding of how that could be, and I still have not found the solution to either.

    Any more ideas?

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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    Have you tried System Restore to get back to a point before the problem(s) began ?? It might help, and shouldn't cause any other problems. I also came across this page that might give you some direction or an idea about what the problem might be related to. You said the My Documents and My Computer folders were missing from Windows Explorer. What happens when you click on the My Computer icon on your desktop ?? How about My Documents on the Start menu ???
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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> Well done Doc Watson <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>,

    You have given me the clue to solving one of my problems <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>.

    I didn't have My Computer on my Desktop - I like clean desktop in both the real and virtual worlds.

    Your clue to check My Computer on my Desktop lead me to re-instating it as a Desktop Icon and, lo and behold <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>, all my Folders were again visible in all browse dialogues, including in Microangelo, NotePad, WordPad, EditStudio and quite few other applications that had suffered from the limited Folder list.

    Now I still have to solve the problem with changing icons on URL shortcuts - Microangelo doesn't have that function unfortunately <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15>.

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    Re: Explorer - Can't Change RL Shortcut Icons (XP SP2

    Trevor,

    Glad my suggestion helped. Sometimes, just lining up the ducks and knocking them down one at a time is all it takes. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I'll see if I can find a solution to your icon problem. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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