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Desktop Icons Appear As the Default Windows Icon

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore itif a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the"Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring aRegistry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
SYMPTOMS
When you start your computer, you may notice that the following desktopicons now appear as the default Windows icon:
  • My Computer
  • Network Neighborhood
  • Recycle Bin
  • Inbox
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Internet
CAUSE
This behavior can occur if you install, and then uninstall a program thathas the capability of changing these desktop icons. If you uninstall thistype of program, the icon files that are associated with these icons mayno longer be present on your computer, and the desktop icons may revert tothe default Windows icon.
RESOLUTION
To restore an altered desktop icon to the original desktop icon, use theappropriate method, and then restart your computer:

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problemsthat may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannotguarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of RegistryEditor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing KeysAnd Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add andDelete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topicsin Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you editit.

My Computer Icon

Use Registry Editor to locate the following key in the registry, and thenedit the default item's value data so that it is explorer.exe,0:
   HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\       DefaultIcon\    ab(default)  value=   explorer.exe,0				

Network Neighborhood Icon

Use Registry Editor to locate the following key in the registry, and thenedit the default item's value data so that it is shell32.dll,17:
   HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}\       DefaultIcon\    ab(default)  value=   shell32.dll,17				

Recycle Bin Icon

Use Registry Editor to locate the following key in the registry, and thenedit the default item's value data so that it is shell32.dll,32 . Also, edit the Empty item's value so that it isshell32.dll,31, and the Full item's value sothat it is shell32.dll,32:
   HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\       DefaultIcon\    ab(default)  value=   shell32.dll,32   ab Empty     value=   shell32.dll,31   ab Full      value=   shell32.dll,32				

Inbox or Outlook Icon

Use Registry Editor to locate the following key in the registry, and thenedit the default item's value data so that it isc:\exchange\exchang32.exe:
   HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\       DefaultIcon\    ab(default)  value=   c:\exchange\exchng32.exe   NOTE: This is making the assumption that the Exchange folder contains   the Exchnge32.exe file. If this is not the case, make the appropriate   change to the path.				

The Internet Icon for Internet Explorer Version 4.0 or 4.01

Use Registry Editor to locate the following key in the registry, and thenedit the default item's value data so that it isc:\program files\internet Explorer\ iexplore.exe,-32528:
   HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FBF23B42-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}\       DefaultIcon\   ab(default) value=C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe,-32528   NOTE: This is making the assumption that the Program Files\Internet   Explorer folder contains the Iexplore.exe file. If this is not the   case, make the appropriate change to the path.				

The Internet Icon for Internet Explorer Version 3.x

Use Registry Editor to locate the following key in the registry, and thenedit the default item's value data so that it isc:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ iexplore.exe,0:
   HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FBF23B42-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}\       DefaultIcon\    ab(default)  value= C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe,0"   NOTE: This is making the assumption that the Program Files\Internet   Explorer folder contains the Iexplore.exe file. If this is not the   case, make the appropriate change to the path.				
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Article ID: 185217 - Last Review: 11/15/2006 13:52:44 - Revision: 1.1

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