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Windows 7: Trouble with folder thumbnails/customization (HELP!)

10 Aug 2009   #11

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
yes, you're right, it's workaround.

MS will fix it in some patch I'm sure.

You could send them an email. No send info button for this one. :-)

Maybe if you log out log on, or reboot it will refresh. Maybe you can try that.

Meanwhile I'll go search the registry to see what I can find on the icon cache.

keep your eyes on this post, I'll post back

You can clean the thumbnail cache through Disk Cleanup but it doesn't seem to help the problem at hand.. I've just tried it.

EDIT: sorry.. you want the Icon Cache!, it's at 'C:\Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Local\IconCache.db' but you'll need to take ownership to delete it, Then restart explorer. This seems to work here for me.

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17 Aug 2009   #12

Windows 7 Professional


My problem with the thumbnail cache is a little different. I tried all solutions given in this post but none helped.

The problem is as followed: In de Windows Explorer there are Libraries. One of the default libraries is called Music, in which I added 1 folder which contains all my music. Open a folder and you can choose to "Arrange by". So I like the Arrange by Album. In this view it makes thumbnails of the albums I have BUT, once I change a cover (with for example it doesn't update the thumbnail.

I tried removing the icon cache.db and removed all hidden folder.jpg and smallalbumart.jpg files, but didn't help. any other ideas for this? ccleaner thumbmail cache doesnt clean it either.

EDIT: Fixed it. Just use the Disk Clean Up in Windows 7 to remove the thumbnails. Still wondering where they are stored though.
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04 Nov 2009   #13

7 Ultimate 64x

Hiya. and sorry to revive old topic.

I've had a similar problem but instead of music files I have bulk picture files. After trying everything in this Thread nothing has changed except that after I deleted my Icon Cache a few folders changed to the icon I wanted and a few changed to Blank but with both I still can't change the image again and my Icon Cache is now gone (Should I replace it?)
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19 May 2010   #14
XFox Prower

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SquonkSC View Post
Hi C05T1N,

You're not going to believe this.

After you chose the jpg you want, drop a random mp3 you have on to the folder.

It will change to the icon you selected.

Some how it refreshes the icon cache only when you place a new file into the folder.

clearly a bug.


edit. taking a mp3 out does the same thing. it forces a refresh. :-)
Doesn't work. After assigning a folder picture in customization, 2 random images are shown in a fan for the folder picture, same as before. However, viewing from an "open" or "save as" box shows things correctly, but that's inconsistent because deleting Desktop.ini didn't change that. Adding another picture into the folder doesn't refresh Desktop.ini's customization. Instead it changes the 2nd image in the fan to be the new picture. Removing it then makes the 2nd picture yet another random picture. Using Windows 7 x64. Bug persists in both the 64 and 32-bit Explorer process. Any fix or Explorer alternatives that feature folder icon customization?
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