customize >> Desktop icons keep reverting back to default

by Andy » Sun, 26 Oct 2003 20:51:09 GMT

Can anyone help? I know there is no virus present as this
occurs immediately after a format of the hard drive.
I change the Windows default desktop icons (My Docs, My
Computer, Recycle Bin) to Simpsons characters. Then when
I start up the PC a day or so later, the icons have
reverted back to the Windows defaults. This keeps
happening, and I don't know how to permanently change
them to the Simpsons icons.
Any help would be appreciated.

customize >> Desktop icons keep reverting back to default

by anonymous » Sun, 26 Oct 2003 22:51:46 GMT

After making changes go to the theme tab and click on the
save as button. Save your new theme to a name.theme file.
Keep this file.


customize >> Desktop icons keep reverting back to default

by Ronnie Vernon MVP » Mon, 27 Oct 2003 02:44:18 GMT


You did not say exactly how you are changing these system icons? Are you
using a third party program or?

Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Shell/User

Please reply to the newsgroup so all may benefit.

customize >> Desktop icons keep reverting back to default

by Wayne Carmack » Mon, 17 Nov 2003 07:14:15 GMT

I have the same problem. My current Windows XP Home Edition installation
has been up and running since this summer. I have Service Pack 1 and all
subsequent patches installed using Windows Update. My system is protected
with a software firewall, an up-to-date virus program with the latest
definitions and adware/spyware removal tools, so I doubt this behavior is
related to any malware infection. What really puzzles me is this:

I have three User Accounts, one for each family member, all with
Administrator privileges, and all configured using the "Classic Start menu".
Everything worked well until about a week ago, when for some reason my user
account became affected by this problem. The other two user accounts are
NOT affected and still work fine. It doesn't make any difference whether I
change the desktop icons for My Computer, My Documents, Network Places and
Recycle Bin using a Desktop Theme, or manually change them using "Display
Properties" via the "Desktop" | "Customize Desktop" | "General" tabs. The
icon changes temporarily display correctly, but whenever I log off or
reboot, then return to my user account, these desktop icons have reverted
back to the Windows XP defaults. Again this doesn't happen in the two other
user accounts used by the rest of my family. I have searched the "Help and
Support" file, and have searched the Microsoft Support Knowledge Base on the
internet, but found no answers or suggestions.

My theory is that the problem lies in a registry " target="_top" rel="nofollow">[safely clean and repair the Windows registry with a few simple clicks] setting buried somewhere in
HKEY_CURRENT_USER, but I can't find it!

Help, anyone?


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