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Fighting a new laptop – Part 1

Last we left our humble hero, he was installing 100+ apps on his new ThinkPad and working on configuring many of them. The good news is I am mostly done and on my self-imposed pre-conference moratorium of not installing new applications with OzFox only 10 days away.

I have come up against a little glitch I have never seen before with a new machine. It is not a show stopper by any stretch of the imagination, but one that is irritating me every day. In my Windows Quick Launch toolbar I have short cuts to different versions of VFP. The weird thing is the VFP icon is the VFP 7 icon, not the VFP 8/9 icon for the VFP 8 and VFP 9 shortcuts. Even the icons for the VFP8.EXE and VFP9.EXE files are the older foxhead in Windows Explorer. Why?

If I try to change the icons in the shortcut properties I see all the icons inside of the VFP executable and the old foxhead is there, not the new foxhead. It smells of a registry problem, but I am not sure where to even start.

Has anyone else experienced this? I know I can use my own icons, but it would be nice not to workaround the issue if possible.


2 Responses to “Fighting a new laptop – Part 1”

  1. February 16th, 2007 at 11:24 | #1

    It could be an issue with the icon cache being full. KB132668 has the details. I had this problem on a Win2K machine, and increasing max icons fixed it. Personally I’ve not seen the problem on WinXP (which is what I assume you’re using), but the KB says the solution applies to XP as well.


  2. February 16th, 2007 at 11:43 | #2

    Sure enough Rick Borup is a genius! Following his wise advice I hit the KB article and it recommends switching the color depth from 32-bit to 16-bit and back again.

    My new machine was set at 16-bit to start (not sure what Lenovo was thinking when they made this selection). I switched it to 32-bit and BINGO I have the proper foxheads. What a relief.

    Thanks Rick, it is nice to know I have so many smart friends.

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