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    Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    I installed a new application today. It placed an icon on the desktop with the annoying "shortcut arrow" in the lower left corner. I noticed that it also placed a Security Center shield in the lower right corner. What does this indicate and should I be doing anything about it?

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    To remove the 'shortcut arrow' see Frameworkx, Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover (FxVisor 1.0). What is the application you installed? What happens if you double click on the security center icon? Can you post a screenshot?

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    Hi Joe,

    The picture below my signature is a screenshot of the icon in question. The application is a tax return preparation program (it is April, after all). The security center icon is the overlay at the bottom right, just as the "shortcut arrow" is overlayed at the left. It is not a separate icon that I can click on. I think it may be a warning of some sort.

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    That just appears to be the icon for the program not anything to do with the Windows Security Center. You can tell by right clicking on the icon, select Properties, and then press 'Change Icon'. Note the path that is displayed. If it is to the program executable the icon is contained within the program. If it is from somewhere else please post the location.

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    Not quite that simple, Joe. That was the first thing I thought of. As you can see from the screen shot, the default shortcut icon does not have the shield overlay. The ability to change the icon is grayed out. Looks to me like Vista is putting that overlay on the icon.

    BTW, double clicking the icon launches the application. The application seems to work as it should.

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    I believe that the Security Shield means that you have designated that program to "Run as administrator". On my system, all of the shortcuts to programs that are to be "Run as administrator" have the sheild, and all of the others do not.
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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    John, your explanation makes sense, although I do not remember consciously installing the application to "Run as administrator". Do you know if this feature (Security Center shield overlay) is documented anywhere?

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    See User Account Control (Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines). There are a couple of references to the shield icon overlay.

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    Thanks Joe. I hadn't seen that article. My answer was simply based on observations of shortcuts on my system.
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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    Good article, Joe.

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    You can get rid of the shortcut arrows in vista by using an old reg tweak that still works: Open up regedit and go to:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfile

    Then re-name 'IsShortcut' to 'AriochIsShortcut' in the right pane.

    Close regedit and reboot - shortcut arrows are gone.
    __________________________________________________ ____________________

    Windows Vista uses seriously huge icons, and sadly, like WinXP, it's quick to have ugly looking arrows, Using FXVisor, you can remove the arrows from Vista, regardless whether it's RC1/2 or RTM. Download, install and run this little utility: FXVisor.
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    Go To Start>Run> And Type : regedit it will open the Registry Editor, Use CTRL+F To Find the Following Keys and Delete the 'IsShortcut' value from them.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfile
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTpiffile
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInternetShortcut

    It's easier than it sounds! After Doing so, Restart Windows and Voila! No Ugly Arrows!

    NOTE: For some people, Deleting These three keys doesn't work, in that case also delete 'IsShortcut' from the following Keys:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDocShortCut
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTWSHFile

    After doing so, Restart.
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    Take your pick from the above or from the loooooooong list of Google search results typing: "Vista shortcut arrows" (with quotes).

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    Ugly or not, shortcut arrows (not the shields, which are a separate matter) let you see at a glance that an icon is a shortcut to a program, and not an executable that is installed on the desktop. You can delete shortcuts with impunity, but if you delete an executable your program is gone.

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    Re: Desktop Icon Overlays (Vista Ultimate)

    Thanks, Jeff. I got rid of the shortcut arrows by deleting the 'IsShortcut' value from the three keys you identified in your third suggestion. Your first suggestion did not work for me.

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