Windows 10 - Gray x's on some desktop icons

I see others have had an issue with gray X's appearing on the left corner of some folders on the desktop but none seem to be with Windows 10 (newly upgraded.  Files open okay but how to get rid of X's?
 

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 Hi Gail,
 
Welcome to Microsoft Community and thank you for your interest in Windows 10.
 

To understand the issue better, I would like to know:
1.    Please provide the screen short of folder?
2.    Try creating a new folder on Desktop and check?

 Screenshot of the issue you are facing in order to understand the issue better.
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Followed instructions on the link for snipping .  Also tried to Jing an example of the folders with X in lower left corner and to save image as a word document.  No image formats would upload

Created a new folder on the desktop -  initializes with a gray x then turned into arrow.

 Seems like there is a bug in Windows 10?  Thanks for your help.

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I just took a screenshot and, as you can see, nearly all of the icons on the desktop have the gray X.  This happened after I upgraded to Windows 10.  This never happened on Win 7, 8, or 8.1 on this computer.

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By the way, for me this seems to happen only on the desktop.  Other folders don't show the gray x.

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One last post (for today).  I just created a new file and a new folder on the desktop.  They do NOT have the gray X on them.  Also, I notice that a folder I created a few days ago also has no X.

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OK.  I lied.

I just put a shortcut to this webpage (the one you're reading) onto my desktop.  Nothing strange there, and no X.  However, I changed the icon so that it would stand out more, and all of the sudden the X appeared.

I hope this is helpful.

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 Hi Gail,
 
Welcome to Microsoft Community and thank you for your interest in Windows 10.
 

To understand the issue better, I would like to know:
1.    Please provide the screen short of folder?
2.    Try creating a new folder on Desktop and check?

 Screenshot of the issue you are facing in order to understand the issue better.
How to include a screenshot in your post
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_other-windows_programs/how-to-include-a-screenshot-in-your-post/2594b08e-32a3-476a-85a6-b021181be7e4

 
Hope this helps. If the issue persists or any Windows related queries or issues, please get back to us.

Ron Lancaster included a screenshot of his desktop.  Mine is like that.  No one has offered an answer to remove the gray x's.  Would appreciate your help.

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Id like an answer as well because i have the exact same issue

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Here is a partial solution.  I used the SysInternals Autorun tool described on this webpage:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-files/grey-xs-on-all-desktop-icons-windows-81/467f6e1f-3d39-49b1-89ed-1e930abcafdf?page=4&auth=1

In my case, I looked at the ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers on the Explorer tab and I saw two Samsung items that I didn't think I needed.  I unchecked those, logged out and back in, and all the gray X's were gone!  That's the good news.  Now, however, the gray X reappears on any newly added desktop icon.  That part I don't understand.

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An addendum to my "solution" shown above.  It's not so cool after all.  The desktop picture I took (shown above) is actually from my wife's account on this computer.  I just logged into her account and, sure enough, the gray X's are gone.  However, they have ALL been replaced with the curved arrow indicating "shortcut".  These are NOT shortcuts.  They are word documents, PDF files, etc.  I really can't see what's going on.

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