Windows 7 Folder redirection connectivity RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are using a simple folder redirection to network share for our users desktops.  Recently we have started to see some desktop icons contain the 'Task Manger' icon embedded within them, as shown below.  We have not been able to troubleshoot one of these issues in time, before the icon reverts to its normal state.  I would assume this has be some sort of network connectivity or syncing issue.  Just wanted to check if anyone has seen this before.


    Nathan Pannell

    Monday, March 12, 2012 8:30 PM

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  • Hi,

    Firstly, please let us know how do you configure the folder redirection.

    Do all computers or all users meet this issue?

    Please try to rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 7 and see how it works.

    How to:
    1) Close all folder windows that are currently open.
    2) Launch Task Manager using the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key sequence, or by running taskmgr.exe.
    3) In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process.
    4) Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
    5) From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
    6) Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
    7) In the Command Prompt window, type the commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:

    CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    DEL IconCache.db /a

    8) In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
    9) Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.

    Hope this helps.



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    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:45 AM
  • I appreciate the direction, but the problem has corrected itself 99 times out of a hundred before we can even begin trouble shooting.  I just threw this out there to see if someone could explain what the icon overlay actually means. (Has the desktop lost connection to the network resource, etc...)

    Nathan Pannell

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:09 PM
  • Hi Nathan,

    Does user have RUP configured?

    Do you see any conflicts/errors in sync center or in event viewer when you were in this state?

    Does user have same set of applications installed on his client machines? (eg: Mozilla)

    Can you also list all redirected folders?

    Friday, April 27, 2012 7:36 PM
  • Besides Arun's questions for further troubleshooting, here is an article regarding icon overlay in Windows 7.


    Yiman Huang

    Friday, April 27, 2012 9:31 PM