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I don't know if many other people have experienced this but some of my program shortcuts on my desktop (and the icons of their .exe files in the program files folder) don't display properly, but instead display the paper with windows' picture of a program on it, like you get when windows first loads your desktop, or loads it from the page file after you've been playing a game. It's very annoying and makes your desktop look tacky and it's very irritating, anyone know of any fixes? I am running windows vista home premium 64 bit, but have an XP computer 32 bit that does the same thing.
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anyone know where i can find out a fix?
 

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some of my program shortcuts on my desktop (and the icons of their .exe files in the program files folder) don't display properly, but instead display the paper with windows' picture of a program on it, like you get when windows first loads your desktop

This may be nothing more than your icon size being set too large..., and windows using the window's default icons. Large monitors and icons seemingly appearing too small given the desktop real estate availabble, has prompted many users to raise the icon size too big for windows to display properly.

To test this theory in Vista, using your mouse... click an open area of your desktop, then hold down the control key. Using the scroll wheel on your mouse, scroll down to make the icons smaller. You should find a certain point where all the shortcut icons revert to windows default as they get larger and return to their designated icon as they get smaller. If this fixes the problem... on the XP machine, you will have to set the Icon size manually in display properties... sometimes in display properties, if the icon setting size is Extra Large, or large... using the normal size in the dropdown box will correct the issue in XP.

Since you have the problem on two computers running different OSs.. this behavior can also sometimes be caused by a virus, or a program you have installed on both computers that has affected the shellicon handeler or cache.
 
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