Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Rebuilding Icon Cache?

08 May 2011   #1
Ekairii

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Rebuilding Icon Cache?

I've tried at least 5 or 6 different ways to re-build my icon cache, with no luck. I've opened cmd and tried to delete the icon cache, but a note comes up that says 'Access is denied' whenever I try to do so (it comes up after I've typed in the whole \AppData\Local part). I've had to re-build my icon cache before, but for some reason it refuses to work now.
I'm getting a fair bit annoyed with having to look at blank documents as my icons. Even if I'm just opening something like Mozilla Firefox, I have to right click, open, and it says 'Choose the program you want to use to open this file'. Most every file I have right now is .lnk, and I'd really like to be able to fix this.
Running as administrator in the command prompt doesn't help fix the 'access is denied' response I keep getting.



My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
08 May 2011   #2
johnnya

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Not sure if this will help but give it a try.

Icon Cache - Rebuild
Regards
JohnnyA
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #3
Ekairii

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That's one of the links I've tried, hasn't worked for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

08 May 2011   #4
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

That doesn't sound like an Icon Cache problem to me...

Quote:
opening something like Mozilla Firefox, I have to right click, open, and it says 'Choose the program you want to use to open this file'.
I do not believe this is conducive to an Icon Cache issue.
All the Icon cache does is display the icon, it has nothing to do with opening the actual application.

If this is happening on multiple applications, you have a bigger issue.
Your applications are losing file associations.

I would tell you to start here...

Default File Type Associations - Restore
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #5
Ekairii

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

All of my files say 'choose the program you want to use to open this file'.

For that link, would I click .lnk, because that's the extension of most of the files on my desktop?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Ekairii, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You want to use both the exe and lnk downloads.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #7
Ekairii

Windows Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you so much, Brink!! That did the trick!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome. Glad that we could help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #9
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

.lnk = Shortcut icon, this is not related to any specific application.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
.lnk = Shortcut icon, this is not related to any specific application.
True, but if the .lnk file extension was associated to something by mistake or the registry settings for it got messed up somehow, it could prevent shortcuts from opening as well.

That's why I always recommend to use both the .exe and .lnk download options to be thorough since they both affect the opening of programs via their exe or shortcut.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Rebuilding Icon Cache?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Icon Cache - Rebuild
How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows If one or more of your icons are not displaying correctly, or that your icon cache is corrupted, then you might consider rebuilding the icon cache to reset and reload the icon images into the icon cache in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This will...
Tutorials
Icon cache always corrupts
Following recommendations I found with Google, which came from this forum, I set up a bat file that deletes the icon cache db and reboots. That works. I also resized the icon cache to 8192, which is supposedly the max size and certainly seems like it should be big enough. But every morning when...
Performance & Maintenance
icon cache not rebuilding all icons
Okay I've been playing around icons from deviantart.com; by editing the folder icons in imageres.dll So I managed to get the files modified then as I logged into windows I saw there were a scattered number of folders that still had the old icons. I right-clicked on the folder and checked the...
Customization
black desktop icons - rebuilding icon cache doesn't help permanently
It worked-but only till next reboot ! Desktop icons are gone but still can open app.Recreating from exe file fails. I tryed safe mode boot than normal-icons get restored,but after reboot same old story. Please help me find a permanent solution.
General Discussion
Rebuilding Icon Cache for Applications: Windows 7
Dear Experts, I know this thread title may sound very familiar to you but trust me I have tried everything posted on web so far but nothing is working. So, I had a virus few weeks ago which practically disabled all exe files except for the ones that were running at that time. It...
Themes and Styles


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:01.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App