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Windows 7: Icon Cache seems to be not working in Windows 7

24 Jul 2012   #21
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

The SSD will only come into play if your User/Appdata folder is still on it.


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24 Jul 2012   #22
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The SSD will only come into play if your User/Appdata folder is still on it.
Where do the icons come from that get pushed into the database?

I have the Control Panel set to show as a menu in the Start Menu. That is where I see the largest delay in painting the icons. But this only happens once per restart and that is as expected. It also happens in less than a second or two. Nothing near 5 seconds.

Subsequent openings of that same Control Panel menu do not show the icons being "built" - if that is the correct term.

Most of the icons for the Control Panel are inside exes or dlls that would be on the SSD - right? I'm really asking - I've never worked with an SSD or read about setting them up. I'm operating on assumptions here.
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24 Jul 2012   #23
kevindd992002

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post
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Thanks, I'll try that. But the thing is that even with the default size, I should have no proplems. How do I "analyze" the icon cache database? Is Windows really deleting that cache everytime it is restarted?
You are correct, things should work just fine (and fast via SSD) using the default size. That is why I'm curious to see if you have any improvement. If you see an improvement, then we have our fix and are left with the "why did that fix it" question.

I don't know how to "analyze" the icon cache database. I looked at the database file size, increased the max setting, restarted and checked the file size again. There was no change in the size of the file, so it seems that the size is related to the number of icons being stored and not the size limit. Maybe if I installed a bunch of programs into the VM that I'm playing with, the size of that icon data base file would grow.
Where is the location of the cache database?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The SSD will only come into play if your User/Appdata folder is still on it.
That folder and all other system files are in my SSD.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The SSD will only come into play if your User/Appdata folder is still on it.
Where do the icons come from that get pushed into the database?

I have the Control Panel set to show as a menu in the Start Menu. That is where I see the largest delay in painting the icons. But this only happens once per restart and that is as expected. It also happens in less than a second or two. Nothing near 5 seconds.

Subsequent openings of that same Control Panel menu do not show the icons being "built" - if that is the correct term.

Most of the icons for the Control Panel are inside exes or dlls that would be on the SSD - right? I'm really asking - I've never worked with an SSD or read about setting them up. I'm operating on assumptions here.
Oh you mean you experience the same problem as mine? I also notice the "paint delay" in my start ONCE ONLY every after restart. You say that's normal?
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24 Jul 2012   #24
kado897

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The icon cache is in c:\users\[your name]\AppData\Local. It is a hidden file called IconCache.db
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24 Jul 2012   #25
kevindd992002

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
The icon cache is in c:\users\[your name]\AppData\Local. It is a hidden file called IconCache.db
Weird why is the "date modified" on my iconcache.db file july 24 7:51am when it is already july 24 11:48pm in my place (gmt +8) ? So that means no thumbnails were written on that file since 7:51?
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24 Jul 2012   #26
kevindd992002

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
I'll await the results from your fresh run of SFC.
Here ya go.


Attached Files
File Type: txt sfcdetails.txt (36.8 KB, 13 views)
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24 Jul 2012   #27
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

In my opinion, you are presently chasing butterflies. Fun but bringing us any closer to a resolution.

Please make a fresh run of sfc /scannow and attach sfcdetails.txt
See SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
for details.

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24 Jul 2012   #28
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

ah ha, you were posting results at same time as I was posting.
Will now take a look.
thanks,
karl
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24 Jul 2012   #29
kevindd992002

Windows 7 Ultimate x6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
ah ha, you were posting results at same time as I was posting.
Will now take a look.
thanks,
karl
Thanks.
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24 Jul 2012   #30
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

sfc gives you a clean bill of health.

this leaves us with:
1. some wonder program is causing the problem,
2. too many programs running in background and/or at startup time,
3. malware.

The least effort for you is to follow the procedure I give, more work for me but easy for you.

Install CCleaner:
CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

list of STARTUP PROGRAMS

CCleaner | Tools
icon | Startup button | Windows tab |
click on Save to text file button (bottom right side) |
accept Startup.txt as file name | SAVE button

list of SCHEDULED TASKS

CCleaner | Tools
icon | Startup button | Scheduled Tasks tab |
click on Save to text file button (bottom right side) |
enter Scheduled Tasks as File name | Save button

List of INSTALLED PROGRAMS

CCleaner | Tools
icon | Uninstall button |
click on Save to text file button (bottom right side) |
accept install.txt as File name | Save button


UPLOAD, as an attachment, the startup.txt file
UPLOAD, as an attachment, the Scheduled Tasks.txt file
UPLOAD, as an attachment, the install.txt file.

HOW TO UPLOAD
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If you get ready to take a break, then let a full scan by MalwareBytes run.
A safe link for MalwareBytes is given in my signature.
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