File Explorer Navigation Pane Default Icons Have Changed

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  1. Posts : 2,799
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64

    I know all about desktop.ini & rheir functions already. You still haven't explained you meant by:
    "Note: it won't work if you try to edit manually."
    Let me repeat what I said:" It won't work if you try to edit manually". Unlike the regular user created desktop.ini. The desktop.ini came installed with Windows will not work by simply using Notepad to edit it. Microsoft utilize "Hashing Algorithm" to check the validity of the file. Upon booting, Windows will check the Hash data of the file, if invalid, it will ignore the changes made.

    Take an example, WinX which shows the Menu when right click on Start Button, divided into 3 groups. There's a desktop.ini under each group. Try to edit and modify it then shows me if it works ???
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  2. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Sorry for the delay, but here’s my update.

    I compared my laptop to a Windows 10 laptop which never had any files transferred to it. I found that the only discrepancy in the desktop.ini files was the one for my 3D Objects. All the others matched.

    I removed the desktop.ini file for 3D Objects from my laptop to a flash drive and replaced it with a copy from the other machine I just checked. Unfortunately, there was no change – even after a restart. The navigation pane icons did not revert to the default ones.

    So, if there are any other suggestions out there, I would appreciate hearing them.

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  3. Posts : 989
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home

    I don't think this is a desktop.ini/custom icon issue, as iyour icons aren't generic, but "choosing" the wronfg format. Try playing with Display scaling -- I seem to remember a thread somewhere where that had an effect.

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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Keith, I apologize for not seeing your post earlier. But yes, I am using the HP recommended scaling of 250%; otherwise things begin to become unreadable.

    Based upon your question, I just now started to reduce the scaling and at 175% the ‘default icons’ reappeared. Thank you for suggesting that!

    Now that the cause has been identified, do you know of any fix when scaling at 250%?
    (175% is not practical)
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