It is likely that the program that the icon is associated with has been
moved, changed or uninstalled. Therefore the icon reverts to a generic
icon. If the program is still in use on the computer you can delete the old
icon and create a new shortcut on the desktop.
Sometimes the icon cache gets corrupted. At times the hard drive incurs
logical corruption. In the first instance, delete the file iconcache.db in
the following folder: C:\Users\your account name\AppData\Local. Reboot the
computer. The iconcache will be rebuilt.
In the second instance, open a command prompt in an elevated condition (run
as administrator). Type chkdsk c: /f (where c: is the drive Vista is
installed on). When asked if you want to run at the next startup type Y and
press enter. Then reboot.
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"Luke" <Lukeuswickedus@aol.com> wrote in message
> I've recently noticed that some of my shortcuts on my desktop don't have
> their proper icons and are just white pages (some with something in the
> middle) but also they wont open.
> Any cause to this?