Microsoft, Internet Explorer, 7.0, custom shortcut icons default to generic IE icon

I  recently upgraded to Internet Explorer 7.0.  I had several IE shortcuts on my Desktop that I had customized to help distinguish from other icons on my Desktop.  IE 7.0 has changed them to a generic blue E on a sheet of paper.  I've found a few posts on line that have directed me to NOT use Large Icons.  If  I change to standard Icons, my customized icon returns.  Other posts have directed me to set the Properties of the custom icon to Read Only and I should be able t o go back to large icons.  None of this is working for me.  I am running WinXP and was going to deploy IE 7 out to about 70 people but they are visual and most like the large icon setting.  MS Hotfix solution doesn't work for me either as neither does this previous postexchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_Vista/Q_23060905.html .
Any other ideas?
Jen-CarlyleAsked:
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Jen-CarlyleAuthor Commented:
I have found that with IE 7.0 if using large fonts, any custom icons for a IE shortcut changes to a generic blue E icon.  Please posts this response as the solution and close the question.
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habanagoldCommented:
We have been putting off IE7 since its inception because of early drawbacks with the new visual interface. I fnally got time to put one of my systems into my testing GPO and allowed IE 7 to install via WSUS to my client. At first things were find as my test group learned to navigate the new visual landscape. However, we incurred the same horror as the original post. All custome ICONS have been replaced by the god awful blue E and we cannot change it. The solution presented here DOES NOT WORK.

The ICON issue is extremely important to us because we have an INTRANET site with many links and they are all distinguished by different ICONS. WE can not consider any move to IE 7 unless this issue is resolved. Furthermore, I find it SO curious there isn't more to do about this. WHY does everyone put up with this crap?
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Jen-CarlyleAuthor Commented:
I apologize, I meant large icons.  Display properties, Appearance, Effects button.  Remove the check for Use Large Icons.  Did the trick for me.
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