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All of my desktop shortcut icons on Windows 7 have changed to Notepad icons.

How do I get my old icons back?

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What did you just install? Do you have a virus? What changed on your system? –  random Apr 21 '11 at 3:22
Try restoring to a restore point. Seems some spyware attack on your machine. –  Mohan Gajula Apr 21 '11 at 5:18
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Try this:

Reset the desktop icon cache

  1. Click Start, and open Computer.
  2. On the Tool bar, click Organize and choose Folder and Search Options.
  3. Click the View tab, and check to select the Show hidden files and folders option, and click OK.
  4. Then, enter the following directory:

C:\Users(User Name)\AppData\Local

  1. Find the IconCache.db file, and rename it as IconCache.db.old.
  2. Close the window, and restart the computer.
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The simplest and quickest way I found is on this forum.

This simply says to delete all the keys for .lnk extension. The procedure is:

  • Press [Win + R] to open run and then type regedit and hit ENTER
  • Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts.lnk folder
  • Remove every subfolder (called keys in regedit) and the keys they contain
  • Now restart the PC

Now everything works fine.

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Download and Run the batch file from this location
Follow the instructions in the command prompt to rebuild the Icon Cache.
Restart your computer to generate a new IconCache.db file.

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