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    Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (Build 2600))

    After installing this weeks Microsoft Updates (I'm running WindowsXP Pro SP2 and MS Office 2003 with all current updates installed), my system has lost the icons associated with all EXE files. The programs seem to function normally, and some, such as Office applications, even restore the correct icon when clicked, although the generic Windows icon returns after a reboot. I've attempted several System Restores as far back as 2 weeks but none were successful. I've even tried to apply the Last Known Good Configuration and repair the problem in the Recovery Console, but
    nothing seems to help. As a last resort, I reinstalled Windows using the upgrade option, but even that failed to restore the icons associated with EXE files. I've searched Microsoft's Knowledge Base and scoured the Internet for a solution but have come up empty. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (Build 2600))

    this happened to me about 2 months ago - but after a couple of days they all came back for me, through normal use of the computer (they didn't all return at once though). it seemed to re-establish the links to the icons by itself... i know it sounds weird but i would give it a couple of days and see if it "fixes itself" because i unfortunately don't know the technical answer.
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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    Each .exe program uses it's own icons. In Win 98, I used a registry tweak to increase the icon cache & I think it would still work.

    Run Regedit
    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionexplorer
    Create a new string called Max Cached Icons
    Give it a value of 10000

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    Thank you for the registry tweak. I had actually done that after my Windows reinstall with a value of 5000. I just bumped it up to 10000 per your suggestion but, unfortunately, the problem persists.

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    Try installing TweakUI from the Windows XP Powertoys. Then run the program, select Repair on the left and Rebuild Icons > Repair Now.

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    Thank you. I tried TweakUI | Repair | Rebuild Icons both before and after reinstalling Windows and nothing changes.

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    I know it would be a PITA, but what happens if you manually change the icon back to the original (right click on the generic icon>properties>change icon> and then browse to the appropriate .exe file and select the correct icon)? Does this hold through a reboot?.
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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    Manually, changing the icons works only for the current Windows session. Once the machine is rebooted, they return to generic icons. Interestingly, the Office 2003 icons have the right click Properties | Change Icons option greyed out.

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    This is just a quick update to let loungers know I've resolved the problem. After methodically attempting numerous fixes, registry tweaks and even a Windows reinstall, I concluded some critical registry keys were corrupted or deleted during the latest Microsoft Update. As a last ditch effort, I began reinstalling any application that allowed me to create or modify icons. On the 2nd try I hit pay dirt and everything is now back to normal. Thanks again for all your suggestions and ideas.

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    And what was the name?

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    It was Stardock Icon Packager.

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    Re: Lost EXE Icon Associations (XP Pro SP2 v 5.1 (

    I had a similar issue with Stardock's CursorXP utility after a Windows update about a year ago. The tab for CursorXP disappeared from the Mouse Properties window and nothing I did would bring it back. Not even uninstalling and reinstalling the program fixed it. It finally reappeared when I had to restore a True Image backup to fix an unrelated problem. The strange thing about this fix was that the image was created months after the problem with CursorXP began. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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