IE 8 has white square icons on desktop

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Caillah, May 19, 2009.

  1. Caillah

    Caillah Guest

    I have just downloaded and installed Internet Explorer 8. In doing so I
    have discovered my desktop icons have changed. They now appear as white
    squares with a very tiny logo for the site in the middle. I have changed
    the icon sizes hoping to correct this but it has not worked. Is there any
    way to correct this please?
    Caillah, May 19, 2009
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  2. PA Bear [MS MVP], May 19, 2009
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  3. Caillah

    Caillah Guest

    Hmmm, well I hope it is something that will be corrected. I installed IE 8
    from fresh format so Spybot and such things were not yet installed. I
    don't have anything that is likely conflicting. It is annoying though.
    Amazing how a little thing like your icons can be so annoying.
    Caillah, May 19, 2009
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    PA Bear [MS MVP], May 19, 2009

  5. Details? What kind of icons? What kind of logo?

    FWIW the only case I have of this is some .prn files which are represented
    on my Desktop by a Notepad icon embedded in a plain white document icon.
    So in fact, mine represent files not shortcuts, apparently put there by using
    a print to file command. Who knew? Checking on the extension and filetype
    involved makes their appearance logical:

    <cmd_output OS="XPsp3">
    E:\>assoc .prn

    E:\>ftype prn_auto_file
    prn_auto_file=%SystemRoot%\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE %1


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, May 19, 2009
  6. PA Bear [MS MVP], May 19, 2009
  7. Caillah

    Caillah Guest

    The icons are the Internet links. When you open a page, and from File/Send
    .... shortcut to desktop. The correct logo that would in fact be the icon
    sits in the middle of a white square with the flip down top right corner.
    Icons for programs installed on the computer are fine. It is just the
    internet shortcuts that are at issue.

    Caillah, May 20, 2009
  8. Caillah

    Don Varnau Guest

    Message headers indicate Vista, right?

    Try refreshing the icon cache. From Control panel> Personalize> Display
    settings, change Colors from 32 bit to 16 bit or vice versa. Click OK.
    Reopen Display Settings and change back to the original setting.

    Did you try several different icon sizes? 24...36...48?

    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, May 20, 2009
  9. Caillah

    Caillah Guest

    Thank you, I tried those suggestions and it doesn't seem to work.

    Caillah, May 20, 2009
  10. Caillah

    Don Varnau Guest

    Sorry for the delay. Does the icon problem go away if you startup in Safe
    Mode or Safe Mode with Networking?

    A program which doesn't appear to be connected to Internet Explorer may be
    the cause. I think I recall a case where a CD/DVD burning program affected
    desktop shortcuts.

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, May 21, 2009
  11. Caillah

    TL Guest

    I had the same issue some time ago and I apologize but I don't have the
    utility I ran to clean up the icons. All I remember was finding a Microsoft
    Knowledgebase article that pointed to the utility. I think it had something
    to do with reinitializing them but I'm speaking strictly from memory. Spend
    some time searching at, it's there somewhere. Good luck.
    TL, May 23, 2009
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