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Windows 7: Missing Iconcache.db, white icons?

01 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Missing Iconcache.db, white icons?

hey seven forums, for a few weeks now my icons have been looking like a white paper. some of my icons and shortcuts have their icons still but not most my icons . This has been happening for a while now. I
I scoured through the internet looking for a fix, and most involved the iconcache.db in
%userprofile%\AppData\Local . But Its not there?!?!?! (I have "Show all hidden files" enabled. I tried rebuilding but still no success. Where is it? Why is it not where it's supposed to be? Is it being deleted for some reason? why can't i rebuild it?
Anyone know a solution?

Much Appreciated!
Go to 'Start' open run command, type in Regedit.
In the new window of Registry Editor go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex and delete the subkey/folder 'IconHandler'

Problem solved, have a nice day!

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01 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional

Thanks for letting us know the solution!
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01 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Well, this must be the shortest thread ever!

Pleased to hear you resoved your problem. Thanks for letting us know.
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08 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 HP

I am having this problem and this did not work for me.
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08 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64

Instead of Doing this Type Cmd in start Menu Right Click Run As ADMIN and copy and paste the following

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
shutdown /r /f /t 00

Save and Close all Open Work Before Doing this if Computer does not restart after pasting Just Press you Will restart once restarted all icons should be normal

Hope it Helps!
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11 Aug 2012   #6

win 7 home premium

nothing here has worked for me
any other ideas?
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11 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by talbs View Post
nothing here has worked for me
any other ideas?
have you tried my solution i already mentioned?
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11 Aug 2012   #8

win 7 home premium

yes I have tried everything mentioned in this thread.After trying your solution a couple icons did change,but not to what they were,just to another generic icon.Ive read a few forums and tried a few things but nothing has worked.I am not very computer literate so i may be doing something wrong,but i follow all steps exactly as shown
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11 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64

Try the sfc scannow command type cmd right click command promt open it as admin and type sfc /scannow then press enter if files are corrupt may have to run it 3 or more times for more info about sfc scannow check here
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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19 Jan 2013   #10


Missing Icons - Rebuilding iconcache.db and other "fixes" Don't Work

Windows 7 & Windows/Installer Directory Contents

Contrary to common posts on many sites, do NOT delete, move to a sub-DIR within the C:\Windows\Installer directory, ANY sub-DIR or individual files from the root of the Installer DIR. At first you won't see any changes, but over time the icons in your Taskbar, Start Menu, and Programs & Features will turn generic. This anomaly is NOT limited to only Microsoft installed Apps, also affecting many non-MS Apps.
I did this and it drove me nuts searching for the Root Cause, which I finally found and state here.

For those obsessive-compulsive perfectionists like me, LET IT GO! Hard drive's are one hell of a lot larger and WAY cheaper than when I began my career decades ago. It is not worth it to spend time on constantly being a "neat, organized" IT freak. Trust me. I've been doing this for so long that I have forgotten MUCH more than many of you will ever learn! .,.. Just Kidding! :-)

Good Luck!
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