4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2017 6:35 AM by D Fosse

    File icons, not application icons

    JAC1818 Level 1

      I just updated CC to the 2018 version today and it messed up my files. I was able to point each file type to 'open with' to make sure each program opened the proper files, but some of the files on my desktop/in folders show a different icon than others. While the programs themselves work, it is bothersome to me to see the icons look so different and improper. Below is a screenshot of two different icons. The Illustrator file is correct while the Photoshop file is not. I am having trouble with both Photoshop and Premiere Pro icons. I know this isn't a critical issue, but it is visually distracting for the file icons to not look uniform. Please help!

      Ai_correct-icon.png PS_incorrect-icon.png

      On a side note, why do the major CC update ALWAYS mess up my files?! I'm tired of redirecting the programs and renaming the original source files in order for the programs to work!

        • 1. Re: File icons, not application icons
          kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          google: <your os> repair icons

          • 3. Re: File icons, not application icons
            abdnabyh Level 1

            Hi there,


            I had this problem too. Try changing the default application for PSD Files in Windows settings to something like Illustrator. The icons should change the to Illustrator application icon. Then change the default application to Photoshop again. This should revert the icons to the file icons as needed instead of the application icons. This method worked for me.


            Hope it helps

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            • 4. Re: File icons, not application icons
              D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              This is an ancient problem that I frankly thought was fixed by now. It is caused/triggered by uninstalling a previous version after the new version is installed. Unfortunately, the CC installer still does this by default.


              What apparently happens is that the uninstall globally changes some registry settings, so that instead of pointing to the new version, they are left orphaned, pointing to a version no longer installed.


              A full uninstall/reinstall of CC2018 should re-establish the correct registry settings.


              For the future, there is an "advanced options" rolldown in the installer, and here you can uncheck "remove old versions". But few people notice that. If you do wish to remove the old versions, do that before running the installer.