Consider the following scenario:

  • On a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, you have some offline files.
  • The Desktop folder is redirected to a network folder by a Group Policy setting.

In this scenario, the offline file icons on the desktop randomly change to different icons every time that you refresh the desktop. For example, you expect the offline files to be represented by green synchronization icons. However, these icons may change to other icons, such as to a magnifying glass icon, to a two-person icon, or to a shortcut arrow.

This issue typically occurs when there are many offline files on the desktop.

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