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Windows 7: Old icon file reappearing


25 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 
Old icon file reappearing

Hi all

I am having problems copying an icon file from one location to another. Sounds simple I know but what happening is extremely weird. The destination folder had a previous icon file with the same name which I deleted. However when I copy the new icon across, the old icon file appears. If I change the icon name it copies across ok.

I'm assuming that Windows 7 keeps a cached copy of the folders contents somewhere so
I've tried doing a disk cleanup, clearing the thumbnail cache and restarted my PC but to no avail.

Any ideas??

I'm using Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

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25 May 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Try ccleaner, it should work. Make a system restore point first.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

If that does not work, try this

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...-delete-2.html
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25 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard
 
 

go to folder properties and select to view hidden files and hidden system files

then delete the file named "thumbs"

then hide the files again in folder options and now things dhould work
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25 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the help !!

I tried ccleaner and the info from that link but since the file has not been left redundant from an install, it didn't work.

I've already cleared the thumbnail cache so no thumb.db file exists for the destination folder or source folder.

This is so bizarre !! I've restarted several times and done a full disk cleanup and still, when I move this icon file to the destination folder, the old icon file replaces it. I've tested this in other folders (and even the desktop) where i've deleted an existing icon file and copied across a new one with the same name and it still happens.
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25 May 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

When it appears, try to right click on the desktop then refresh.

If it has properies, right click try to find the target and delete it.
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25 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard
 
 

make a blank text file and rename it "thumbs.db"

or just delete the folder and create a new one!
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25 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Try deleting the old icon file in safe mode.

If that doesnt work, try taking ownership of the file, then delete.

Take Ownership Shortcut
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25 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
 
 

OK...problem solved. In the properties of the destination folder I selected Customise and optimised this folder for General Items. This refreshed explorer and the problem went away. I tried copying the file to other folders where I had re-created the problem after this and everything was ok.

I'm not sure what exactly that optimisation did but it worked.

Thanks for the help guys !!
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25 May 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Just glad that it worked out for you.
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25 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rosso View Post
OK...problem solved. In the properties of the destination folder I selected Customise and optimised this folder for General Items. This refreshed explorer and the problem went away. I tried copying the file to other folders where I had re-created the problem after this and everything was ok.

I'm not sure what exactly that optimisation did but it worked.

Thanks for the help guys !!
Thanks for posting the solution! i've gotton really mad at my computer a few times due to this problem
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