Desktop Custom icons Revert to Default

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

This one is baffling me..Have customized several desktop icons in XP Pro as
long as i have had XP (years); namely, My Computer and recycle Bin by going
thru the Control Panel applet. Suddenly these will not 'save' and are
replaced by default icons during certain operations (random) and whenever
desktop is refreshed.
The usual tweaks do not work to hold them as i have set them for several
years this way. I use drop labels on desktop and by checking 'lock icons'
the label appears under icons, an undesirable effect, and then they do not
change, otherwise i am unable to get them to remain in my customized way..
This is new behavior as i said and while i have SP1, i have NOT installed
SP2. Have done all the searching on the Web for an answer, aside from a
tricky regedit, so any help is really appreciated. Thank you.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    This used to happen to me all the time. I found by unticking "Offline web
    pages" in disk cleanup stopped it. Also TweakUI from Microsoft Powertoys
    has a "restore icons" feature.

    --
    Peter.
    Toronto, Canada.
    XP Home SP2.
    P4 Dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 160gb HD, 1.0gb DDR.
    "Sandman" <peterf41@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:eFfwExlwEHA.3808@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > This one is baffling me..Have customized several desktop icons in XP Pro
    > as
    > long as i have had XP (years); namely, My Computer and recycle Bin by
    > going
    > thru the Control Panel applet. Suddenly these will not 'save' and are
    > replaced by default icons during certain operations (random) and whenever
    > desktop is refreshed.
    > The usual tweaks do not work to hold them as i have set them for several
    > years this way. I use drop labels on desktop and by checking 'lock icons'
    > the label appears under icons, an undesirable effect, and then they do not
    > change, otherwise i am unable to get them to remain in my customized way..
    > This is new behavior as i said and while i have SP1, i have NOT installed
    > SP2. Have done all the searching on the Web for an answer, aside from a
    > tricky regedit, so any help is really appreciated. Thank you.
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Notice two posts down. Care to explain customization process. Any help is
    much appreciated.

    "Sandman" wrote:

    > This one is baffling me..Have customized several desktop icons in XP Pro as
    > long as i have had XP (years); namely, My Computer and recycle Bin by going
    > thru the Control Panel applet. Suddenly these will not 'save' and are
    > replaced by default icons during certain operations (random) and whenever
    > desktop is refreshed.
    > The usual tweaks do not work to hold them as i have set them for several
    > years this way. I use drop labels on desktop and by checking 'lock icons'
    > the label appears under icons, an undesirable effect, and then they do not
    > change, otherwise i am unable to get them to remain in my customized way..
    > This is new behavior as i said and while i have SP1, i have NOT installed
    > SP2. Have done all the searching on the Web for an answer, aside from a
    > tricky regedit, so any help is really appreciated. Thank you.
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Thanks, but i don't have an 'offline web pages' entree in my Disc Cleanup
    applet...
    "Peter" <Ex-Brit AT rogers DOTcom> wrote in message
    news:eC0JQjmwEHA.1308@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > This used to happen to me all the time. I found by unticking "Offline web
    > pages" in disk cleanup stopped it. Also TweakUI from Microsoft Powertoys
    > has a "restore icons" feature.
    >
    > --
    > Peter.
    > Toronto, Canada.
    > XP Home SP2.
    > P4 Dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 160gb HD, 1.0gb DDR.
    > "Sandman" <peterf41@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    > news:eFfwExlwEHA.3808@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > > This one is baffling me..Have customized several desktop icons in XP Pro
    > > as
    > > long as i have had XP (years); namely, My Computer and recycle Bin by
    > > going
    > > thru the Control Panel applet. Suddenly these will not 'save' and are
    > > replaced by default icons during certain operations (random) and
    whenever
    > > desktop is refreshed.
    > > The usual tweaks do not work to hold them as i have set them for
    several
    > > years this way. I use drop labels on desktop and by checking 'lock
    icons'
    > > the label appears under icons, an undesirable effect, and then they do
    not
    > > change, otherwise i am unable to get them to remain in my customized
    way..
    > > This is new behavior as i said and while i have SP1, i have NOT
    installed
    > > SP2. Have done all the searching on the Web for an answer, aside from a
    > > tricky regedit, so any help is really appreciated. Thank you.
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Offline content is stored in the Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
    folder. I believe that the OP is referring to losing favicons that are
    stored there when that folder is cleaned out. Has nothing to do with your
    problem.

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.
    Wes

    In news:eTYqkXswEHA.2804@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl,
    Sandman <peterf41@bellsouth.net> hunted and pecked:
    > Thanks, but i don't have an 'offline web pages' entree in my Disc
    > Cleanup applet...
    > "Peter" <Ex-Brit AT rogers DOTcom> wrote in message
    > news:eC0JQjmwEHA.1308@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> This used to happen to me all the time. I found by unticking
    >> "Offline web pages" in disk cleanup stopped it. Also TweakUI from
    >> Microsoft Powertoys has a "restore icons" feature.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Peter.
    >> Toronto, Canada.
    >> XP Home SP2.
    >> P4 Dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 160gb HD, 1.0gb DDR.
    >> "Sandman" <peterf41@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    >> news:eFfwExlwEHA.3808@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >>> This one is baffling me..Have customized several desktop icons in
    >>> XP Pro as
    >>> long as i have had XP (years); namely, My Computer and recycle Bin
    >>> by going
    >>> thru the Control Panel applet. Suddenly these will not 'save' and
    >>> are replaced by default icons during certain operations (random)
    >>> and whenever desktop is refreshed.
    >>> The usual tweaks do not work to hold them as i have set them for
    >>> several years this way. I use drop labels on desktop and by
    >>> checking 'lock icons' the label appears under icons, an undesirable
    >>> effect, and then they do not change, otherwise i am unable to get
    >>> them to remain in my customized way.. This is new behavior as i
    >>> said and while i have SP1, i have NOT installed SP2. Have done all
    >>> the searching on the Web for an answer, aside from a tricky
    >>> regedit, so any help is really appreciated. Thank you.
  5. This worked for me:
    1. Make sure all desktop icons are included in your Favorites section of internet explorer.
    2. Then, go to website home page of each icon and click save all--which will place a new icon on your desktop.
    3. From this new icon, create a shortcut icon.
    4. Right click on shorcut icon and follow prompts to change icon picture. This will create a new icon and solve your problem.
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