unwanted icon

  Digital 11:14 AM 06 Aug 12
Locked

An icon has appeared on my desktop titled just "Desktop". Its contents are "[.ShellClassInfo] LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769 IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183"

If I try to delete it a warning appears saying Windows may not run properly if I do delete it. Anyone any idea what it's for or whence it came?

  Nontek 12:00 PM 06 Aug 12

First line of defense -Try a System Restore back to before it appeared.

  Sea Urchin 12:14 PM 06 Aug 12

If that doesn't work then something else to try

Remove icon

  Digital 12:54 PM 06 Aug 12

Thanks both. Trouble with the System Restore is I can't recall when it appeared! The Fixit solution isn't for W7 - I forgot to say which version I'm using, sorry about that. I think I'll set a Restore point, then delete the icon & see what happens - one needs to live dangerously sometimes!

  Nontek 13:15 PM 06 Aug 12

Sounds good to me.

  Sea Urchin 13:34 PM 06 Aug 12

They appear on the desktop because you have unwittingly changed your settings to Show Protected Operating System Files.

Rather than delete them I would try and hide them again as follows

Hide Protected Files

Advertisement

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

How to watch Sony Xperia Z5 launch live: Sony Xperia Z5 live video stream from IFA 2015 - watch…

1995-2015: How technology has changed the world in 20 years

 Nvidia GRID 2.0 launch boosts virtualised graphics workflows

Apple's special event invitations decoded: A look back at 13 of Apple's most cryptic invites