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  1. Posts : 28,521
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       21 Apr 2017 #190

    The .reg files have been added as a download in step 2 option 1.
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  2.    05 Nov 2017 #191

    The only way that worked for me


    Download this attachment, "empty.ico", put it in your c:\windows\system32 folder,

    1) Go to “regedit” in the run box

    2) Navigate through: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER

    3) Right click Explorer and create a new “key” called “Shell Icons”

    4) Right click on the right window and click “New”--> string value

    5) name it “29”

    6) Right click 29 and “modify it”

    7) type: “empty.ico,0” or type the full directory to navigate to that file “C:\Windows\system32...........”


    This seems to be the only way to get this to work without errors, spent way too much time learning how to do this crap, ignore all the other ways. This works on 2 PCs, a Dell with Windows 7, and an HP with Windows 7.
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  3. Posts : 28,521
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       05 Nov 2017 #192

    Yep, that would be Option 2.
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  4.    16 Jan 2018 #193

    I have used this method to change the shortcut icon but, recently, the icn has vanished after my PC has been on for a while (sometimes after a matter of minutes; sometimes after hours). I have tried re-booting and I have tried re-doing the registry entries in line with the instructions above. Whilst I am always successful in getting the icon to change in the required manner, it won't remain in place. Any suggestions?
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  5. Posts : 28,521
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       16 Jan 2018 #194

    Hello scarne, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    To see if it may be an issue with your icon cache, rebuild it using an option in the tutorial below, and see if you still have this issue afterwards.

    Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    If you do, then please post a screenshot showing your registry setting for this to see if anything may stand out.

    If you used your own .ico file, where do you have it saved at?
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  6.    16 Jan 2018 #195

    I have followed the instructions to rebuild the Icon Cache. I will need to wait a while to see if the problem recurs or not. I will post back in 24 hours - or sooner if the problem occurs before then.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
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  7. Posts : 28,521
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       16 Jan 2018 #196

    Ok. See you then.
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  8.    17 Jan 2018 #197

    @Brink

    24 hours on and the solutin is still holding. So it looks rebuilding cleaning the icon cache has done the trick.

    Many thanks for your help.
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  • Posts : 28,521
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       17 Jan 2018 #198

    Great news @scarne. I'm glad it was able to help.
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