Windows 10: Change or Remove Compression Blue Arrows on Icons in Windows 10  

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  1.    19 Feb 2016 #20

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    Hello Snipe, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    The Shell Icons key is not there by default, and will need to be added using the note box under step 5A.
    I am lost. I do not have Shell Icons either. Here is the instruction under 5a.

    If you do not have the 179 string value, then right click or press and hold on an empty area in the right pane of the Shell Icons key, click/tap on New, click/tap on String Value, type 179 for the name, and press Enter

    If I do not have the Shell Icon Folder how do I right click in the empty area? Sorry if this is a stupid question, I just dont understand how to create the Shell Icon Folder. Thanks.
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       19 Feb 2016 #21

    Hello NOKNOT, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    That's ok. See the blue note box under step 3.
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  3.    19 Feb 2016 #22

    Sorry, I missed that. So after I create the folder I just copy what is in step 3 for the value? Thanks.
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       19 Feb 2016 #23

    Well, technically in step 5 after creating the "Shell Icons" key, but yes. :)
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  5.    20 Feb 2016 #24

    I am having the exact same problem the previous poster in this thread was having. The transparent icon appears as a white document instead of being invisible like it should. I'm using 64-bit Windows 10. Interestingly, if I use a 32-bit explorer replacement, the transparent icon appears invisible as intended. It seems this problem is exclusive to 64-bit.
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       20 Feb 2016 #25

    Hello winderpExpress, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    It still works in my 64-bit Windows 10.

    Double check to make sure that you didn't miss any of the instructions in the steps to rule that out. If you haven't already, move the .ico file In your System32 folder, and make sure the registry is pointing there to see if that helps.

    Does the downloaded .ico file itself show as transparent when viewing it?
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  7.    20 Feb 2016 #26

    Yes, it's transparent when viewed in MS Paint. I put the file in System32. It works with a 32-bit file explorer, so the problem is not my settings.

    I just tried to make my own version of the transparent icon file by making a transparent 16x16 PNG in photoshop and converting it to an icon, but I got the same result. So the problem is not the file either.

    Running explorer as administrator does not make a difference.
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       20 Feb 2016 #27

    Go ahead and post a screenshot showing your registry settings to see if anything may stand out.

    Is the .ico file transparent in File Explorer? Just to rule this out as an issue, you could download and merge the .reg file for the .ico item in OPTION TWO of the tutorial below. This will restore the default association and registry entries for the .ico file type.
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  •    20 Feb 2016 #28

    It's going to be somewhat difficult to revert .ico to the default Photos app, as I uninstalled it along with almost every other stock Windows 10 app, using the PowerShell method. At the moment, it opens in MS Paint. I think I will just leave the blue arrows in place for 64-bit programs and only use the transparent one on 32-bit programs.
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       20 Feb 2016 #29

    That may be why the icon is not showing as it normally should.
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