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Incorrect or generic Windows icon displayed for a Drive in My Computer

Published: Oct 03, 2004
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When you open My Computer window, one or more of the disk drives may be assigned an incorrect or a generic Windows icon rather than disk drive symbol.


This happens due to any of the following reasons:

  • Presence of the file named Autorun.inf in the drive's root folder
  • Incorrect drive icon setting in the registry


Delete the Autorun.inf file

  • Enable Windows to Show all files
  • From My Computer, right-click the drive-letter, and choose explore
  • Locate the file named Autorun.inf (in the drive's root directory)
  • Delete the file Autorun.inf if found
  • Logoff and login back to your user account.

If that does not help, follow next method.

Resetting the drive icon settings in the registry

  • Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ DriveIcons \ <drive>

  • Backup the branch to a file, and then delete the <drive> key
  • Navigate to the following location, backup and delete the <drive> key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Applications \ explorer.exe \ Drives \ <drive>

  • Close Registry Editor and restart Windows

Note: The text <drive> is a placeholder for the drive letter which is exhibiting an incorrect icon in My Computer.