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Running Vista...
On my desktop I have a shortcut that points to a web site.  
In the proprties of this shortcut I changed the Icon.  
On the properties page I can see where my new icon has been accepted.

However, the icon does not display on the Desktop.
Is there a setting somewhere precluding the desktop from showing the icon?

Thanks for any suggestions.....
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Question by:FrankBabz
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by:Ivano Viola
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Try setting the icon to something different. Refresh the desktop and check to see if the new icon appears. If so, change the icon back to your desired icon. Refresh and check.

If this does not work then try to rebuild the icon cache.
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/117229-icon-cache-rebuild.html
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by:FrankBabz
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Thanks Ivanviola,

Neither suggestion fixed my problem.  I substituted an Icon from the Shell32.dll and it did display properly.  It leads one to believe my icon is not to spec.  HOWEVER, these same Icons work fine on my office Vista system.  AND, with Windows Explorer I navigated to my User>Desktop folder, and the problem icons display there properly.
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by:Ivano Viola
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Can you post the icon you're trying to use?
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by:FrankBabz
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I tried to send you mfr_logo.ico but the ico extension was not allowed. So, I changed the file type to jpg and you will need to change it back to ico.

mfr-logo.jpg
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by:Ivano Viola
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I've modified your icon. Try this, let me know how it goes.
mfr-logo.jpg
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by:FrankBabz
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Pretty cool !!!  Your fix did the job.

Unfortunately I have a bunch more icons I created with AhaView that are having same problem.

Share the solution.... please.
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Ivano Viola earned 2000 total points
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I have a program called Icon Workshop. I recreated your ico so that it would be Vista compatible.
http://www.axialis.com/iconworkshop/
Unfortunately the program is not freeware but you can download a 30-day trial.
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by:FrankBabz
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Thanks for the great help, and great tip.

I will ask AhaView if my problem, or theirs???  
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by:FrankBabz
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I have observed the following when opening the ICO files using explorer.
My original (AhaView) ICO contained only 6 images.
Your (Axialis) ICO contained 10 images.

Here is my guesswork:  Is it possible that the desktop display of an ICO uses an algorythm based on the DPI of the display to determine which image size to use.  In my ICO that image size did not exist, but in your ICO the image size did exist. This would perhaps explain why my ICO image works at the office but does not work at my home.

Just a thought to share with you and any other reader.  (I'm waiting for an AhaView response)
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