I did finally work out a solution to my Icon problem, although it is a tedious solution that applies to the change of one icon at a time. First, locate an icon you wish to exchange with the "Generic" icon. This icon can be from anywhere, start menu sub-folder, desktop, etc. Right click the icon. Select Properties, Under the shortcut tab select "Change Icon". Control>C, copies the highlighted text. Click OK, and OK to close the dialog box. Then go to the Icon you wish to change, in my case on the start menu using the clasic view and right click that icon. Select Properties, Select Customize tab, then change icon, Hit delete to remove the highlighted text, Control V to replace the highlighted text, OK, OK, Apply, and last OK to close out every thing. The Icon is changed.
Im still fiddling around to get my short menu back.