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  1. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 1
    w10
       2016-07-06 #170

    ph1l said: View Post
    It seems after weeks of trial and error I’ve finally found a solution to this desktop icon problem that works for me. I tried all the varying string 29 value remedies and ended up with all the associated errors. Black squares over the icons, white squares over the icons and even no icons at all. Sure they looked like a solution after one restart but the error was soon back again after that. The one method I hadn’t tried was the blank icon fix and it looks like a winner.
    So thanks to all the posters here for a solution that appears to be working.

    These are the steps I used. Hopefully it will help others.

    Before starting download the blank icon from post #105 (page 11). Call it BlankIcon, for ease of identification, and place it in a folder of your choosing. C:\Windows\system32 is where I put mine. Sort of sounds like where it should go although I don’t think it matters.

    1. Press windows key + r to open Registry Editor and type in regedit then choose OK
    2. When prompted Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your PC?, choose Yes
    3. Navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
    4. Right click on Explorer and using the dialog menu choose New > Key and name it Shell Icons. Press Enter.
    5. Click on Shell Icons and in the right pane right click on an empty area, and click on New > String Value. Name it 29.
    6. Double click on the 29 String Value to modify it. You should see a blank box called Value data.
    7. In the Value data box enter C:\Windows\system32\BlankIcon.ico or the path where you saved your Blank Icon.
    8. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager. Scroll all the way down to Windows Explorer. Click once and press restart or reboot the computer or log off and on to complete the task.

    I’m guessing this will need to be done every time there’s a Windows 10 major update.
    I tried all the suggestions and what worked for me was to make the new Key and put the 29 string value in and nothing else.

    That works so far
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  2. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 41
    Windows 10 Home
       2016-08-05 #171

    This just happened to me on a cumulative update. At first they were black icons and after a shutdown removing battery and all plugs for about 5-10 minutes everything was gone. Than suddenly came back with clear icons on the next reboot. I haven't tried the method above yet but hope it works out.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       2016-10-13 #172

    Awnser


    Instead of using the value; %windir%\System32\imageres.dll,-17 ,
    USE THIS ONE: %systemroot%\system32\shell32.dll,50
    Tada
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  4. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       2016-11-09 #173

    I tried many things (including for example Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.2.2), but icons kept going bad. For me, so far, the solution has been:

    Copy BlankIcon.ico (post #105) to C:\SomeFolder (not under C:\Windows or C:\Windows\system32 because they are often protected folders) and go to RegEdit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ and if not found, create a key "Shell Icons" there. There see or create a string "29". The value for that is C:\SomeFolder\BlankIcon.ico – then goto Task Manager and find Windows Explorer under the Processes tab. Do right-click Restart on that too see the change.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
       2016-11-25 #174

    jimhoyle said: View Post
    I tried many things (including for example Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.2.2), but icons kept going bad. For me, so far, the solution has been:

    Copy BlankIcon.ico (post #105) to C:\SomeFolder (not under C:\Windows or C:\Windows\system32 because they are often protected folders) and go to RegEdit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ and if not found, create a key "Shell Icons" there. There see or create a string "29". The value for that is C:\SomeFolder\BlankIcon.ico – then goto Task Manager and find Windows Explorer under the Processes tab. Do right-click Restart on that too see the change.
    Finally, a solution works for me. I have tried many other methods, icons always broke and had black square on them after reboot.

    Thanks!
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  6. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
       4 Weeks Ago #175

    jimhoyle said: View Post
    I tried many things (including for example Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.2.2), but icons kept going bad. For me, so far, the solution has been:

    Copy BlankIcon.ico (post #105) to C:\SomeFolder (not under C:\Windows or C:\Windows\system32 because they are often protected folders) and go to RegEdit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ and if not found, create a key "Shell Icons" there. There see or create a string "29". The value for that is C:\SomeFolder\BlankIcon.ico then goto Task Manager and find Windows Explorer under the Processes tab. Do right-click Restart on that too see the change.
    Thanks for reminding me of this method. It's the only guaranteed one that's worked since Windows 7 (perhaps earlier). Although the guide states to also drop the file to %SystemRoot%\System32\, but whatever works. One of the other methods on this thread partly caused me to restore to an earlier disk image several months ago, which I thought it was caused by me screwing up Windows (no offence to Brink).

    I tried both of these values, but neither one worked:
    Transparent with outline (leave value blank)
    OR
    %windir%\System32\imageres.dll,-17
    29 must have value of %SystemRoot%\System32\blank.ico
    Last edited by Brink; 4 Weeks Ago at 09:25.
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  7. Joined : Dec 2016
    Posts : 3
    windows 10
       4 Weeks Ago #176

    Lixun said: View Post
    Hi, I see you do lots of tutorials that are really good, is there any way to remove the shield overlay or replace it with blank.ico maybe with regedit in a similar way to how the shortcut overlay can be removed. I really hate how its covering up 1/4 of my icons on the desktop.

    I know about the elevated shortcut method and while this did remove the shield, the executable did not work properly afterward, its a launcher to an online game and after using the elevated shortcut it started downloading files and did not start properly. Running the launcher from the original location also did not work until the task was deleted, an error message would show saying "versions can't be compared". I have also turned off uac to the minimum setting and reset the icon cache to no change, and checking the run as administrator in compatibility but nothing is getting rid of the shield.

    Thank you for your time
    I have found the VISTA SHORTCUT MANAGER works as well, even though in using windows 10 pro 64.just putting my 2 cents in.

    spyder
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