When installing drivers for my Gigabyte motherboard, I installed a "Games" link which ran from a batch file. This was pinned to the taskbar by default.

As a result, it changed the icon for cmd.exe to the icon for Games.

I uninstalled the Games and it got rid of the icon leaving it with a white rectangle thing (I can post screenshots on request). There is also a link on the jumplist to open Games, which just opens a cmd window.

I've tried rebuilding my icon cache as per Changing Windows 7 pinned taskbar icons, but this only removed the white rectangle icon, leaving me with no real icon.

c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe still has the appropriate icon in explorer, just not on the taskbar.

Any ideas on how to fix this annoyance?

  • Did you try unpinning then re pin the cmd.exe? – Moab Dec 20 '10 at 12:37
  • I've tried. It's not pinned to the taskbar any more. Just whenever I open a command window, the icon is wrong. – sb3700 Dec 21 '10 at 5:55
  • See also superuser.com/questions/296289/… – SamB Sep 8 '15 at 17:06

I fixed it be finding the "quick launch" folder on Windows 7: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned and deleting the "Games" entry. This fixed it.

  • Based on this answer I just tried pinning and then unpinning and it reverted to the normal icon. – Ben Jackson Dec 31 '14 at 0:07

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