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Old 05-11-2010, 06:20 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Are your Steam shortcut icons missing? Here's how to fix them.

You need to trick Windows into resetting the icon association in its icon cache. One way is to install everything to a new location, but who wants to do that? Here's a better way:

Create a symlink (like in Linux) by opening up the command prompt and doing the following:
  • C:\Windows\system32>cd \

  • C:\>mklink /d Steam "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam"
    symbolic link created for Steam <<===>> C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

    Notes:
    • Although Windows XP supports symlinks, it doesn't include a tool to create them. Try using this instead: Junction v1.05.
    • You must be using NTFS for this to work; FAT32 won't cut the mustard.

Next:
  • Right click on the shortcuts with broken icons and select the correct icon by navigating through "C:\Steam" , not "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam". Many of your icons will be in C:\Steam\steam\games.

    (Unfortunately, you must do this one-by-one for each icon, although many of your icons may fix themselves once you show Windows this new path.)

Finally:
  • You may safely delete the symlink you created by simply deleting it in Windows Explorer; your fixed icons should remain.

Cheers!
 
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:53 AM   #2
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How do I delete a symlink?
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:31 AM   #3
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Quote:
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How do I delete a symlink?
Hi Flubadoo,

Press Windows Key + E, click on the symlink, and press the delete key.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:30 PM   #4
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"C:\Steam refers to a location taht is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the internet or your network, and then try again. Of it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location."

Please help.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:47 AM   #5
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Hi Nerokilla,

Try "C:\Program Files\Steam" instead of "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam"
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:51 AM   #6
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A much easier solution might be this:

If you're using Windows XP, use TweakUI to reset the icon cache (repair-->rebuild icon cache).
If you're using Vista or 7, delete "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\IconCache.db" and reboot.

Try it.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:08 AM   #7
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eydeeb is right, that's what fixed mine a few months ago.
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:00 PM   #8
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Even better! Nice tip, thank you!
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:59 PM   #9
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Thanks Guys, it worked.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:02 PM   #10
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erm, i just right-clicked the shortcut and chose properties > change icon and browsed to the icon in the 'steam\steam\games' folder
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:59 AM   #11
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None of these suggestions worked for me. The icons I am having trouble with are NOT in the steam\steam\games folder. Any suggestions on how to get steam to fix this?

Creating a new desktop icon from steam doesn't help. I used steam to correct the integrity of the game, no joy.
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:54 AM   #12
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Is this like a permanent fix or is it just a until the next time you get a game you want a shortcut for fix?
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:08 PM   #13
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Got another fix

If you're able to get into Program Files/Steam/Steam/games and your tf2 icon is there but named something else, just rename it to "appid_440" and then try to change it by right clicking on the shortcut and choosing it.
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