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Windows 7: File Icons Missing or Incorrect

09 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
File Icons Missing or Incorrect

First of all this is the problem: Screenshot by Lightshot
I have tried:
  • Restoring
  • Rebuilding the Icon Cache
  • Restoring the registry file extension keys for some file extensions
  • Uninstalling all unneeded programs
  • Checked for viruses
  • Restarted my computer

I am mostly having the issue with the icons in FTP or SFTP clients but it also happens in the normal file explorer sometimes. The weird thing is, is that it is not always the same type of icon. Sometimes half of the icons for folders or files appear as recycling bins. Other times it appears as the broken icon. I almost reinstalled windows yesterday because of how annoyed I was.

Please help.

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09 Jun 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

See if this might help:
Default File Type Associations - Restore

Regards,
Golden
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10 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I have also tried those but I don't see how it will help since folders do not have a true extension.
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11 Jun 2013   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Good point. The only other thing I can think of is to rebuild the icon cache:

Icon Cache - Rebuild
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11 Jun 2013   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

rebuilding the icon cache should do it, failing that try a sfc/scannow it will repair any system corruption.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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11 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

In my original post I also said that I have rebuilt the icon cache. I forgot to mention that I have use /SFC scan now aswell. Any other ideas ?
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11 Jun 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Ahh, yes you did mention that. I'm at a loss......all I can think of is a system restore, or repair install.
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11 Jun 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I have restored back as far as possible before and still no change.
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15 Jun 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Still waiting on a reply. The things I have been told to do have already been done.
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17 Jun 2013   #10

windows 7 ultimate x64 and windows 8 pro x64
 
 

this might be over simplifying things but have you tried changing the icon?


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