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  1.    30 Jul 2015 #1
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    Windows 11

    Remove yellow/blue sheild icon from shortcuts


    After upgrading to Windows 10, some desktop shortcuts have UAC shield icons. Is it possible to remove them?

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    EDIT: Here's a solution...
    Launch the shortcuts via CMD:

    1. Right-click the shortcut to Properties
    2. Click Change Icon, then click OK when its window pops up (necessary step to avoid losing the icon)
    3. Add the following, plus a space, to the beginning of the Target field, leaving the existing path at the end:
      Code:
      cmd /c start ""

    I had previously solved this by editing a system icon file, but that method doesn't seem to be working as of update 1607, plus it was a lot more trouble.
    Last edited by Michael; 21 Sep 2016 at 17:33.
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  2.    30 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Would appear that you need Administrative rights to run those programs. I wonder if you could use a hack like the blank.ico trick for not having the shortcut "arrow" overlay on shortcuts, the way Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3 does.
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  3.    12 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 60
    Windows 11
    Thread Starter

    I tried something similar called "Microangelo On Display", but no luck. It's apparently lost its previous shield-removing powers on Windows 10.

    Is anyone else aware of any apps/hacks that would be able to do this?
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  4.    12 Aug 2015 #4
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    Windows 10

    Those shields mean that the program has Administrative rights to run. To remove them, typically, all you need to do is remove Admin rights from the shortcut or via the *.exe.
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  5.    12 Aug 2015 #5
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    Windows 11
    Thread Starter

    Right, but those programs typically need admin rights, right? I'm just looking for a way to prevent the icon from showing up.

    From what I've read, you'd need to manually edit the imageres.dll that contains the icon, or find a program like On Display that does this for you (if that is how it does what it does).

    I just can't find anything on how to do this in Windows 10.
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  6.    12 Aug 2015 #6
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    Windows 10

    Games dont need admin rights and I doubt your imageres.dll contains those game icons.

    Most of the time you can manually change icons without a program, but I heard there was another tweakui floating around that will remove the shortcut arrows.
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  7.    25 Sep 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Still hoping to get this resolved. Does anyone have the solution?



    Many of them do, otherwise they can't save.
    Wrong. They only need specific permission to perform saves.
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  8.    26 Sep 2015 #8
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    Windows 11
    Thread Starter

    only need specific permission
    Do you know which permissions would be enough to allow them to save, but not so much that the icon shows up?
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  9.    26 Sep 2015 #9
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Melbourne
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    Win 10 Pro X64

    I had the same problem and followed the tutorial below to get rid of it. You can actually also get rid of the short cut arrow the same way without going through the other trick. Might seem a bit daunting but it's easy and I've had no issues since doing it

    Clear uac icon overlays on windows 8 icons
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  10.    26 Sep 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Do you know which permissions would be enough to allow them to save, but not so much that the icon shows up?
    afaik, UAC permission should be built into games, same goes for the folder that the saves go into. When I refer to specific permission, I mean that the game should have permissions only for folder that the game needs, no more. Installation folder(s), settings folders (%user/appdata%), and saves folders (most games save in %user/documents%), some of this information is saved to the registry under the games publisher and/or developer. I wish I knew the exact process how games receive and utilize read/write permissions, and I think UAC has a lot to do with it. All I know is that M$ allows the registry to be used like a dart board, so spyware and virus's can easily abuse and hide in it.

    Any game specific icons should be in the same folder as the main program.
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