Lync 2013 Shortcut Icon doesn’t change to Skype for Business after updating Lync to Skype for Business.


Issue: When customers install Office Professional Plus 2013 MSI or Lync 2013 MSI standalone and use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to change the default Start Menu Shortcut path, after installing the April 2015 update for Office which transforms Lync 2013 to Skype for Business 2013, the shortcut for Skype for Business will remain as “Lync 2013” which can be confusing for end users.

We can work around this by using a PowerShell script like the following sample to change the Lync shortcut icons to Skype for Business icons. *Note – this script is an example script and should be tested before being used in production.

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$shortcutLocation = "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Office 2013\"
$oldShortcut = "Lync 2013.lnk"
$newShortcut = "Skype for Business 2015.lnk"
$iconComment = "Connect with people everywhere through voice and video calls, Skype Meetings, and IM."

# Rename shortcut:
Rename-Item $shortcutLocation$oldShortcut $newShortcut

# Change the new shortcut settings
$shell = New-Object -COM WScript.Shell
$shortcut = $shell.CreateShortcut($shortcutLocation+$newShortcut)
$shortcut.Description = $iconcomment
$shortcut.Save()

#Get the Icon Name and Folder
$iconlocation = $shortcut.IconLocation
$tempInd = $iconlocation.indexof("Icon")

$iconName = $iconlocation.substring($tempInd,$iconlocation.indexof(".exe")-$tempInd )
$iconFolder = $iconlocation.substring(0,$tempInd)

#Change the icon:
Rename-Item $iconFolder$iconName".exe" $iconFolder$iconName"_old.exe"
Copy-Item $iconFolder"lyncicon.exe" $iconFolder$iconName".exe" -force

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