Incorrect or generic Windows icon displayed for a Drive in My ComputerPublished: 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.