for a more permanent solution, when the above programs fail to change or remove the shortcut icon
and they will, just give it time, you will need to make some registry modifications
To Remove the Icon:
Open your registry and delete the value named 'IsShortCut' from the keys [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile], [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile] and [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut].
To Change the Icon:
Open the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersio
Explorer\Shell Icons] and create a new string value, or modify the existing value, called '29'. Set it to equal the filename, including path, for the icon you want to use for the shortcut arrow. By setting this to a blank icon it has a similar effect to the removal method above, without the side effects.
Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.
Note: This tweak effectively changes the properties of shortcuts so they are no longer considered to be shortcuts by Windows, this may have some slight side effects, such as hot keys not working as before.
the first method of removing IsShortCut is the most effective but does have side effects such as losing your favourites shortcuts off the start menu. But who ever uses those?
"A frog is dead until it croaks"
09:05 am (10 years ago)