The icon can be replaced by dragging the internet explorer icon from the start menu and placing it in the desktop. You can replace the icon in two methods.
Just click start and then drag the internet explorer shortcut from it and put it on your desktop.
- If you do not have an internet explorer icon in the start menu, then go to the location, "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
- Right click iexplore.exe select create shortcut.
- Then cut this shortcut and then place it on the desktop.
Note that this can be done for all kinds of program shortcuts and not only for internet explorer.