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Windows 7: ICON Problem

12 Aug 2011   #1
rwiener2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
ICON Problem

The ICONS on my desktop and in my files are corrupted. I can still open all the files and applications without any problems. However, the icons show only a rectangle with 6 Windows type symbols in the rectangle. The corrupted icons are MsWindows, pdf files and some applications. I would like to restor the icons without reinstalling windows. Does anybody have any suggestions?

Omaha, Nebraska


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12 Aug 2011   #2
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / 10 Pro x64
 
 

Hello,why don' you upload a picuture ? Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
Also try this tutorial:
Icon Cache - Rebuild
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12 Aug 2011   #3
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rwiener2 View Post
The ICONS on my desktop and in my files are corrupted. I can still open all the files and applications without any problems. However, the icons show only a rectangle with 6 Windows type symbols in the rectangle. The corrupted icons are MsWindows, pdf files and some applications. I would like to restor the icons without reinstalling windows. Does anybody have any suggestions?

Omaha, Nebraska
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Jerry
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12 Aug 2011   #4
rwiener2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hi Stalker and Jerry,

Any ideas on how to fix the icons? I am attaching a screen shot.

r. from Omaha


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File Type: docx Screen Save 2011 icons.docx (191.5 KB, 25 views)
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12 Aug 2011   #5
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rwiener2 View Post
Hi Stalker and Jerry,

Any ideas on how to fix the icons? I am attaching a screen shot.

r. from Omaha
Did you try what StalkeR posted Icon Cache - Rebuild
You may want to look at this Default File Type Associations - Restore
Jerry
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13 Aug 2011   #6
Imperfect1

 
 

You should be able to change the icons, but you'll have to do them one by one, and you may not be able to restore every one of them to the original icon. In other words, restoring the new 'generic' icon to a particular image (icon) that you select, may not 'take' --- and you'll just have to choose another image (icon) instead. Here's how:

Desktop Icons - Enable or Disable Changing
Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon
How to Change the Windows 7 ‘Default Folder’ Icon

On the Desktop, right-click the folder or file whose icon you wish to change, right-click on Properties, and then select Change Icon. When the new window opens up, you can either select from the icon choices given OR, even better, click the Browse button, which takes you to the C drive\Windows, and in the right-side column, there's a very, very long list of files/folders to choose from. Go to any one of the icon folders and select any one of the many, many icon choices offered. Here's a list of my favorite icon folders, (and I think imageres.dll and Shell32.dll have the largest selection):

Accessibilitycpl.dll
Compstui.dll
Connect.dll
imageres.dll
netshell.dll
nvcpl.dll
nvdisps.dll
pifmgr.dll
pnidui.dll
setupapi.dll
Shell32.dll
shwebsvc.dll
stcplx64.dll
sud.dll
syncui.dll
themecpl.dll
urlmon.dll
wcnwiz.dll
wininit.dll
wmploc.dll
wpdshext.dll
wuapi.dll

You can experiment to your heart's delight. If you don't like your choice, try selecting another one, or two, or as many as you like, until you find one you like. You can do this for your Desktop icons, and the same icon should also appear in your Quick Launch toolbar (if you have one) and Windows Explorer.
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13 Aug 2011   #7
mach04

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8 Pro
 
 

You need to go to this path in your pc: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local and then look for the file IconCache.db
Delete it and reboot your pc, it automatically restores the file again with fresh icons
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