Well, the icon currently showing on you're start menu is in the wrong 'viewing mode'. For some reason the 'thumbnail' view mode is not present for ther current IE icon start menu icon. Have you tried deleting that IE8 icon. Then restart the system and see if the 'thumbnail' view IE8 shows up? Or drag and drop a thumbnail icon onto the start menu.
This happened when IE8 was installed? IE7 was installed previously? Perhaps the start menu is displaying the old IE7 icon (which is no longer installed on the machine). That's why the thunbnail view is not available, the IE7 installation was replaced by the IE8 upgrade.
I have not tried this, obviously I don't have the problem, but maybe you can.
Open the Windows system folder. Be sure 'view hidden files' is checked or enabled. Open IE8 (it is hidden otherwise). From that IE8 folder, drag the IE8 ICON to the desktop. Then drag and drop the IE8 ICON onto the start menu.
Thank you zakcacho, this fixed an incorrect / default IE start menu icon for me.
The registry fix seems to be the only way to do this - you cannot access a normal 'shortcut properties' dialog box from the IE system icon as that takes you to Internet Properties so don't waste your time trying . The other methods will get you an Internet icon but it is not the one that allows access to Internet Properties. Thanks again.
I am having the same problem! But I have a Windows 7. I tryed to do the steps you told me *HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\ StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\DefaultI con* but when I go too "StartMenuInternet" It is not there. What do I do! Help needed!