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Can't change desktop icons for websites

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bobbi, May 9, 2010.

  1. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    I seem to have messed up my computer.

    I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made desktop
    icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some old
    posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took one
    suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    mistake. Now I can't seem to change the icons: I select the one I want from
    my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change it.
    The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.

    So my questions are now:

    (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've selected,
    and
    (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.

    Thanks,
    Bobbi
     
  2. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Additional information: I WAS able to change the icon for a website which is
    entirely on my computer hard drive, but not for websites which are out on
    the web.
    -Bobbi


    "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    news:-Om2FWaA8KHA.1888@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >
    > I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    > desktop icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read
    > some old posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime
    > I took one suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects
    > to NOT use large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons.
    > That was a mistake. Now I can't seem to change the icons: I select the one
    > I want from my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it
    > won't change it. The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE
    > symbol.
    >
    > So my questions are now:
    >
    > (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've selected,
    > and
    > (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bobbi
    >
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Those with IE7- and/or IE8-specific questions or comments can post to and
    seek support in IE General newsgroup:
    microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general

    On the web:
    http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...?dg=microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general

    In your newsreader:
    news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general

    =========

    Why doesn't the favicon for my site appear in IE7?
    http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffdav/archi...-t-the-favicon-for-my-site-appear-in-ie7.aspx


    Bobbi wrote:
    > I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >
    > I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    > desktop
    > icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some
    > old
    > posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took
    > one
    > suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    > large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    > mistake. Now I can't seem to change the icons: I select the one I want
    > from
    > my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change
    > it.
    > The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >
    > So my questions are now:
    >
    > (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've selected,
    > and
    > (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Bobbi
     
  4. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    OK, thanks PA Bear, I'll do that, but the first part of the question may or
    may not be related to IE.
    Bobbi

    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:%23RfvIuA8KHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Those with IE7- and/or IE8-specific questions or comments can post to and
    > seek support in IE General newsgroup:
    > microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >
    > On the web:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...?dg=microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >
    > In your newsreader:
    > news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >
    > =========
    >
    > Why doesn't the favicon for my site appear in IE7?
    > http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffdav/archi...-t-the-favicon-for-my-site-appear-in-ie7.aspx
    >
    >
    > Bobbi wrote:
    >> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >>
    >> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    >> desktop
    >> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some
    >> old
    >> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took
    >> one
    >> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    >> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    >> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the icons: I select the one I want
    >> from
    >> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change
    >> it.
    >> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >>
    >> So my questions are now:
    >>
    >> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    >> selected,
    >> and
    >> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Bobbi

    >
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These include
    anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm,
    etc.).

    Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    Mode may not disable the application's system protections.

    Meanwhile, I've taken a look at your headers and read your other thread
    ("SP3"). WTF haven't you been keeping the computer fully-patched at all
    times? I think you may have much more serious problems than IE icons!


    Bobbi wrote:
    > OK, thanks PA Bear, I'll do that, but the first part of the question may
    > or
    > may not be related to IE.
    >
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23RfvIuA8KHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Those with IE7- and/or IE8-specific questions or comments can post to and
    >> seek support in IE General newsgroup:
    >> microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>
    >> On the web:
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...?dg=microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>
    >> In your newsreader:
    >> news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>
    >> =========
    >>
    >> Why doesn't the favicon for my site appear in IE7?
    >> http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffdav/archi...-t-the-favicon-for-my-site-appear-in-ie7.aspx
    >>
    >>
    >> Bobbi wrote:
    >>> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >>>
    >>> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    >>> desktop
    >>> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some
    >>> old
    >>> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I took
    >>> one
    >>> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT use
    >>> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    >>> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the icons: I select the one I want
    >>> from
    >>> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change
    >>> it.
    >>> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >>>
    >>> So my questions are now:
    >>>
    >>> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    >>> selected,
    >>> and
    >>> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Bobbi
     
  6. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Hi, PA Bear-

    I may have discovered a solution, although I think it's a Mickey Mouse
    solution:

    The problem started when I followed some poor advice which someone said
    worked for her: I unchecked "large icons" and then rechecked it.

    (1) Others told me that the default size for large icons (48) is too large
    and causes problems. It was suggested that I try a size less than 44. I
    chose 40. Immediately my old personal icons returned. However, opening them
    in IE7 still caused IE to replace them with the "e".

    (2) Next, I changed the default icon for one web link to my desired icon and
    clicked apply and OK'd out. Then I re-entered the properties dialog box and
    made it read-only. (Can't do both in one step- it won't be accepted.) Now it
    seems to stick even after opening and closing IE. However, I guess I'll have
    to make all my website icons read-only. These last two steps are the Mickey
    Mouse part, which shouldn't be needed. If you know another way, I'm sure
    you'll tell me.

    As to why I haven't kept my patches up to date: because I've heard
    complaints that a patch caused a BSOD or caused some other, seemingly
    unrelated program to malfunction. A computer is supposed to be a
    productivity tool. I appreciate MS making patches available but not the
    problems caused when the patches aren't correct. I know that no computer
    program is ever 100% correct, but sometimes I feel I spend more time
    maintaining my computer system than profiting from its use. McAfee has
    served me well for over 10 years; the only virus I've ever gotten (to my
    knowledge) was when I ignored a warning from McAfee Site Advisor. So I
    decided to take a chance. Now my decision is coming back to haunt me in the
    update process.

    Bobbi





    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:urdmhkF8KHA.1436@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    > applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These include
    > anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    > SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    > anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    > Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone Alarm,
    > etc.).
    >
    > Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    > Mode may not disable the application's system protections.
    >
    > Meanwhile, I've taken a look at your headers and read your other thread
    > ("SP3"). WTF haven't you been keeping the computer fully-patched at all
    > times? I think you may have much more serious problems than IE icons!
    >
    >
    > Bobbi wrote:
    >> OK, thanks PA Bear, I'll do that, but the first part of the question may
    >> or
    >> may not be related to IE.
    >>
    >> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23RfvIuA8KHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Those with IE7- and/or IE8-specific questions or comments can post to
    >>> and
    >>> seek support in IE General newsgroup:
    >>> microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>>
    >>> On the web:
    >>> http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...?dg=microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>>
    >>> In your newsreader:
    >>> news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>>
    >>> =========
    >>>
    >>> Why doesn't the favicon for my site appear in IE7?
    >>> http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffdav/archi...-t-the-favicon-for-my-site-appear-in-ie7.aspx
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Bobbi wrote:
    >>>> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >>>>
    >>>> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    >>>> desktop
    >>>> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read some
    >>>> old
    >>>> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I
    >>>> took
    >>>> one
    >>>> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT
    >>>> use
    >>>> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    >>>> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the icons: I select the one I want
    >>>> from
    >>>> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't change
    >>>> it.
    >>>> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >>>>
    >>>> So my questions are now:
    >>>>
    >>>> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    >>>> selected,
    >>>> and
    >>>> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>> Bobbi

    >
     
  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    If you mistrust critical security updates and implicitly trust a McAfee
    application's protection, you're part of a very distinct and very small
    minority, my friend. More power to you.

    Bobbi wrote:
    > Hi, PA Bear-
    >
    > I may have discovered a solution, although I think it's a Mickey Mouse
    > solution:
    >
    > The problem started when I followed some poor advice which someone said
    > worked for her: I unchecked "large icons" and then rechecked it.
    >
    > (1) Others told me that the default size for large icons (48) is too large
    > and causes problems. It was suggested that I try a size less than 44. I
    > chose 40. Immediately my old personal icons returned. However, opening
    > them
    > in IE7 still caused IE to replace them with the "e".
    >
    > (2) Next, I changed the default icon for one web link to my desired icon
    > and
    > clicked apply and OK'd out. Then I re-entered the properties dialog box
    > and
    > made it read-only. (Can't do both in one step- it won't be accepted.) Now
    > it
    > seems to stick even after opening and closing IE. However, I guess I'll
    > have
    > to make all my website icons read-only. These last two steps are the
    > Mickey
    > Mouse part, which shouldn't be needed. If you know another way, I'm sure
    > you'll tell me.
    >
    > As to why I haven't kept my patches up to date: because I've heard
    > complaints that a patch caused a BSOD or caused some other, seemingly
    > unrelated program to malfunction. A computer is supposed to be a
    > productivity tool. I appreciate MS making patches available but not the
    > problems caused when the patches aren't correct. I know that no computer
    > program is ever 100% correct, but sometimes I feel I spend more time
    > maintaining my computer system than profiting from its use. McAfee has
    > served me well for over 10 years; the only virus I've ever gotten (to my
    > knowledge) was when I ignored a warning from McAfee Site Advisor. So I
    > decided to take a chance. Now my decision is coming back to haunt me in
    > the
    > update process.
    >
    > Bobbi
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:urdmhkF8KHA.1436@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party
    >> applications may be disallowing the changes from "sticking." These
    >> include
    >> anti-spyware applications (e.g., Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer,
    >> SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, WinPatrol, etc),
    >> anti-virus applications & security suites (Norton, McAfee, ESET/NOD32,
    >> Kasperky, Trend Micro, etc.), and third-party firewalls (e.g., Zone
    >> Alarm,
    >> etc.).
    >>
    >> Note that temporarily disabling the application(s) or rebooting into Safe
    >> Mode may not disable the application's system protections.
    >>
    >> Meanwhile, I've taken a look at your headers and read your other thread
    >> ("SP3"). WTF haven't you been keeping the computer fully-patched at all
    >> times? I think you may have much more serious problems than IE icons!
    >>
    >>
    >> Bobbi wrote:
    >>> OK, thanks PA Bear, I'll do that, but the first part of the question
    >>> may
    >>> or
    >>> may not be related to IE.
    >>>
    >>> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABearMVP@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:%23RfvIuA8KHA.980@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Those with IE7- and/or IE8-specific questions or comments can post to
    >>>> and
    >>>> seek support in IE General newsgroup:
    >>>> microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>>>
    >>>> On the web:
    >>>> http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...?dg=microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>>>
    >>>> In your newsreader:
    >>>> news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
    >>>>
    >>>> =========
    >>>>
    >>>> Why doesn't the favicon for my site appear in IE7?
    >>>> http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffdav/archi...-t-the-favicon-for-my-site-appear-in-ie7.aspx
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Bobbi wrote:
    >>>>> I seem to have messed up my computer.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I've just now installed IE7 and ran into the problem of my self-made
    >>>>> desktop
    >>>>> icons for websites being replaced by the general IE symbol. I read
    >>>>> some
    >>>>> old
    >>>>> posts and think I've learned how to fix that, but in the meantime I
    >>>>> took
    >>>>> one
    >>>>> suggestion of resetting my desktop appearance special effects to NOT
    >>>>> use
    >>>>> large icons and then resetting it again to USE large icons. That was a
    >>>>> mistake. Now I can't seem to change the icons: I select the one I want
    >>>>> from
    >>>>> my special icon folder and click OK and then apply, but it won't
    >>>>> change
    >>>>> it.
    >>>>> The icon flashes briefly but then remains the same old IE symbol.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> So my questions are now:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> (1) How to get the desktop to replace the icon with the one I've
    >>>>> selected,
    >>>>> and
    >>>>> (2) How to get IE7 to stop changing them.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks,
    >>>>> Bobbi
     

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