Just to be sure we understand, is it the Adobe Reader shortcut icon or is it just the Adobe PDF icon?
I think it is the Adobe Shortcut Icon. It is the Icon that each time we
install a program, it creates a shortcut Icon for easy access. Attached is
the screen shot of my PC. As you can see, the Adobe Icon overrides
everything else. So, as long as I have the Adobe Installed, I can't have
access to the other ones, because when it happens like this, if I right
click or double click on the other icon that is masked by the Adobe, it says
it cannot read/open the other program.
It doesn't look like your screenshot made it. Can you try again?
You can't attach one if you are using these forums via email. You must come in to the forum, hit reply and use the camera icon to attach the image.
this case, as you can see from the screenshot, it not only puts the Adobe Icon on, it also overlays its icon onto everything else.
I just replied in the forum as you suggested. Please help.
I'm using Windows 7 and I'm also having this problem. All of my quick launch and desktop shortcuts appear as Adobe icons. Also, when Adobe is installed I still can't print.
I have seen this phenomenon a couple of times over the last year or so; it only seems to happen on Vista and Windows 7.
Unfortunately the forum search does not work at the moment (for several weeks now), so I cannot find the past solutions that were posted.
All I remember that the users needed to reset or re-create the Windows user profiles to make the problem disappear. Sorry, I cannot give you instructions how to do that; all I remember is the information I wrote.
What happens if you try to double click on these icons? Do they open up in the intended application or do they try to open up Reader? e.g. if you double click a xxxx.doc file which has the Reader icon, does it open up Microsoft Word or opens the file in Adobe Reader?
If it opens up in the intended application i.e.Microsoft Word, then the file associations are correct and it is only an issue with you icon cache which can be rebuild easily. If it is otherwise, then there is a problem with File Associations.
Following are the steps to rebuild your icon cache:
1. The Microsoft recommended way is here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/132668
· Press the F5 key to refresh the icons in the current folder.
· Close and then reopen a window that contains incorrect icons.
· Restart your computer.
· Re-create the ShellIconCache file. This file is re-created automatically when you change your display's color depth. Follow these steps to change your display's color depth to a new setting and then change it back to the original setting:
1. Right-click the desktop and then click Properties.
2. Click the Settings tab.
3. Change the color depth from the current setting to a new setting. For example, change from Highest (32 bit) to Lowest (16 bit).
4. Click Apply, and then click Yes to accept the changes.
5. Change the color depth back to its original setting.
6. Click Apply, and then click Yes to accept the changes.
· Using Registry Editor, add the Max Cached Icons string value with a value data of 2000 to the following registry key, and then restart your computer: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
If the icons are still incorrect, delete the ShellIconCache file. The Max Cached Icons value data range is between 100 and 4096. The default value is 500.
2. There is something else to try (described here - http://smallvoid.com/article/windows-icon-cache.html)
In essence, the system has a special IconCache.db file in the User folder.
The recommendation in the link is to delete this file which should let the system to rebuild the cache with proper icons.
Restart the system after that.
On XP it should be in C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data