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Shortcuts .lnk icons are corrupt / blank / white

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac

Symptoms

Shortcuts .lnk icons are corrupt / blank / white.

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Cause

Windows profile or Windows Registry misconfiguration.

Resolution

  1. Please take a snapshot of your virtual machine (in Parallels Desktop menu bar go to Virtual Machine -> Take snapshot...) before you proceed with the instruction below to be able to revert all the changes.

  2. Rebuild icon cache to fix incorrectly displayed icons:

    • Go to Start > in the search box type cmd > right-click it > Run as Administrator.
    • Execute the following commands:

      taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
      cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
      del IconCache.db /a
      start explorer.exe
      
  3. If the issue still persists, restore the file associations for .lnk filetype by running a registry fix:

    • Download lnkfix.reg file on the Windows side.
    • Double click the file to hit Yes to continue.

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    • Reboot the virtual machine
  4. To delete the Snapshot in Parallels Desktop menu bar go to Virtual Machine > Manage Snapshots....

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