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Windows 7: How to restore Win7 computer icons

29 Jul 2009   #11
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XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Open the start menu and press
CTRL+SHIFT+right mouse button
on an empty space of the menu.

Select EXIT EXPLORER.

CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
opens Task Manager

File, New Task (Run)
type CMD
Press ENTER

type
attrib -h %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db
Press ENTER

type
del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db
Press ENTER

Return to Task Manager
CTRL+SHIFT+ESC- opens Task Manager
File, New Task (Run)
type EXPLORER
Press ENTER

This will only correct those icons which the icon program did not alter the registry entry for. A common methodology for icon programs is to insert a call to a new registry section, so this method can be effective. When the app is uninstalled, it does not reset the previous value (does not eliminate the call or "hook" to borrow a term).

Some icon apps are poorly written and actually alter the pre-defined values. In this case, another step is necessary.

You can also try Brink's approach.
Me and Mr GRiM figured out yesterday that the Thumbnail Cache also plays a big part of caching the icons in Win7, This can be cleared via running 'Disk Cleanup' and selecting 'Thumbnail Cache'.


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