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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Questions: Win10 Incorrect Progs launching from desktop icons

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      • #2220481 Reply
        SteveG
        AskWoody Plus

        Hi All,

        I’m wondering whether anyone might have come across the following problem, and if so, how was it resolved?

        Running Win10 Home Build 18363.720 on HP Omen laptop.

        When launching some applications from desktop icons, a totally different application starts.

        eg;
        I’ve just installed a program from B&O called BeoConnect.  When launching the program from the desktop icon, iTunes starts
        eg;
        When starting Karens Replicator, Microsoft Visio installation commenced.

        Hadn’t noticed this before the most recent updates were installed under MS-DEFCON3

        Any suggestions on remedy would be greatly appreciated.

        Regards,
        Steve

      • #2220910 Reply
        Bluetrix
        AskWoody MVP

        When launching some applications from desktop icons, a totally different application starts.

        Right click on errant desktop icon, select -Properties- then the -Shortcut- tab and see what the icon target is.  It should match the application. Post back results.

        hth

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      • #2221074 Reply
        SteveG
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks Bluetrix,

        First thing I checked  🙂   the offending icons do have correct pointers to the targeted .exe file

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      • #2221653 Reply
        SteveG
        AskWoody Plus

        Yes – will do a restore – but it would be good to know which (if any) M$ update might be causing it.   Oh well, c’est la vie.   Thank you.

        • #2223371 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          A complete restoration is possibly overkill in this situation, please try deleting the icon cache files first.

          You also can try deleting the affected icon database files as Administrator if they belong to a standard user account.

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      • #2223203 Reply
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Yes – will do a restore – but it would be good to know which (if any) M$ update might be causing it.   Oh well, c’est la vie.   Thank you.

        Before restoring try a desktop refresh (right-click desktop – refresh).

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      • #2223394 Reply
        Bundaburra
        AskWoody Plus

        You could try deleting the affected icons and then recreating them.  Just do it for one of them first and see if it works:  make a note of the name and location of the correct .exe file;  delete the icon; navigate in File Explorer (or similar) to the executable file;  right-click it and “create shortcut”;  move the new shortcut to the Desktop (rename it as per the original if you like);  try it and see if it works correctly.

        Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 2004

        • This reply was modified 3 months ago by Bundaburra.
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      • #2223405 Reply
        SteveG
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks everyone,

        I delayed the restore and tried the other suggestions first.

        Deleting the icon cache solved the problem.

        Thank you to everyone who made suggestions.  I really appreciate that you took to time to help me.

        Kind regards to all,
        Stay safe
        Steve

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