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Windows 7: Icon Cache - Rebuild

26 Mar 2013   #160
maxknox

Windows7 x64
 
 

I rebuilt my Icons Cache(per instructions here) and increased the Icon Cache size to 8192(per your link) and that worked until there was an update to Visual Studio 2012. Windows Icons(Calculator, etc.) were blown out again and I received an error message when trying open it that the program could not be found.
Rebuilding the Icon Cache again and increasing the size 16384.
If you can think of another solution I'm all ears.


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26 Mar 2013   #161
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Max,

Since you are getting a "program could not be found" error message for the shortcuts, it may be an association issue instead. If the shortcuts are no longer associated with their target program, then that would also cause the program's icon to no longer be associated with the shortcut leaving you with a blank default icon.

Do the shortcuts work again after rebuilding the icon cache? I wouldn't think so.

As a test, download and merge the .reg file for the listed .lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below to restore the default associations of shortcuts (.lnk files) to see if that may help.

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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26 Mar 2013   #162
maxknox

Windows7 x64
 
 

After a restart(no cache rebuild, just size increase) the programs are found but the Icons were still missing.
Will try the file Associations fix now.
Thanks again.
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26 Mar 2013   #163
zudrick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Icon Cache - Rebuild

To overcome the need to rebuild the icon cache i have two files in my group policy, first is in the shutdown and the second one is in the logoff. First unzip the zip file and copy to system32 folder (if you don't have access take ownership of the group policy folder) once done open the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) click on Computer Configuration then Windows Settings then Scripts, righthand pane double click Shutdown, click add then browse, the Shutdown1.bat should be there select it then OK and apply. Do the same for the logoff but select User Configuration then Windows Settings then Scripts, righthand pane double click logoff, click add then browse, the Restart.bat should be there select it then OK and apply. This work behind the scenes so once you have configured it thats it, works every time


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28 Apr 2013   #164
LizardKing

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I tried the automatic solution and it very noticeably slowed down my start-up
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28 Apr 2013   #165
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello LizardKing,

This is not able to affect your startup speed since it only deletes the icon cache. Restarting the computer only serves to have the icon cache file recreated.

You might see if using the tutorial below to troubleshoot with a clean startup may help ID the cause.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 May 2013   #166
anton

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello LizardKing,

This is not able to affect your startup speed since it only deletes the icon cache. Restarting the computer only serves to have the icon cache file recreated.

You might see if using the tutorial below to troubleshoot with a clean startup may help ID the cause.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Hi, I have tried each step but I cannot see my PDF and Word Icons.




Thanks
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24 May 2013   #167
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Anton, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have the correct programs set as the default to open these file types with?
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24 May 2013   #168
anton

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hi Brink,

I think yes, but you can advice me how to find out if I have the correct programs set as the defaultin order to to open these file types with.
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24 May 2013   #169
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

When you click on the file, does it open with the correct program?

For example, does a .doc file open in Office Word, and does a .pdf file open in say Adobe Reader?
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