Many guides found online will show you how to completely remove the arrow of the desktop shortcuts. If you, like me, preffer the smaller shortcut arrow icon that Windows XP has, as opposed to the big one Windows 7 proudly shows here’s what you have to d:
Start regedit (Alt+R, regedit.exe, enter)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Icons
If Sell Icons is not there, under Explorer create the new key. (Right cklick, new key)
In the right pane create a new String Value with the name 29.
Right click on this value and choose Modify.
Type the following as it’s value:
c:windowsSystem32shell32.dll,29 and click ok.
Restart you computer to see the effects.
Please note that 29 after the comma is the respective icon from inside shell32.dll