desktop icons have lost shortcut arrow

The icons on the desktop have a little black box where the shortcut arrow should be. A Windows Vista notebook.  How can I fix this?

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Try this utility - Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover (it can restore the shortcuts arrows too)
Its now called the Vista Shortcut Manager -

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Go to the registry,
[hkey_local_machine\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\shell icons]
There, you may configure the overlay that you like
%SystemRoot%\\shell32.dll, 49
%SystemRoot%\\shell32.dll, 50
%SystemRoot%\\shell32.dll, 51
%SystemRoot%\\shell32.dll, 52
%SystemRoot%\\shell32.dll, 29 -( the old smaller shortcut overlay)
JillCAuthor Commented:
Thanks, spot on!
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