Windows 10: Shortcut Arrow Icon - Change, Remove, or Restore in Windows 10
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
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.
Instead of using the value; %windir%\System32\imageres.dll,-17 ,
USE THIS ONE: %systemroot%\system32\shell32.dll,50
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 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:
29 must have value of %SystemRoot%\System32\blank.ico
|Transparent with outline
||(leave value blank)
Last edited by Brink; 2016-12-17 at 09:25.
I have found the VISTA SHORTCUT MANAGER works as well, even though in using windows 10 pro 64.just putting my 2 cents in.
herebey a new solution to get rid of those ugly arrows and dont get a black square?just a transparant overlay that stay transparant and keep your links working!
regedit/local machine/software/microsoft/windows/current version/explorer/shell icons/29/%windir%\System32\imageres.dll,197/restart/goodluck
peter van peer said:
I don't think using icon #197 from imageres.dll for the shortcut arrow overlay would be recommended considering what it is below.
I think I fixed it PERMANENTLY now, what I did was: made a copy of 'blank.ico' and pasted it into my System32 folder, and rebooted and it seems to work with the appropriate REGEDIT command HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/current version/Explorer/Shell icons/ then used the MODIFY STRING VALUE on the 29 to read this %windir%\System32\shell32.dll,50 and that works...... somehow mine got erased, but now its fine.....Hope this helps, ADMIN PRIVELEDGES MUST BE USED to access this folder and for the REGEDIT command to be permanent....
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