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Windows 7: Icon Cache - Rebuild

27 Dec 2009   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Icon Cache - Rebuild

How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows



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20 Aug 2010   #20
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It's a hidden file. Did you set Folder Options to Show hidden files, folders, and drives?

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20 Aug 2010   #21
anon125

 
 

In case it found the file i even moved it to a thumb drive and pulled the drive out.
still the same....

found the file - yes it was set at show hidden folders.
i deleted it
emptied recycle bin
as i clicked restart - it appeared again - stubbern little cus isn't it.
same with shut down- appears BEFORE the computer shuts down.
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20 Aug 2010   #22
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's normal. The IconCache.db file will automatically recreate itself. Deleting it just clears and resets the icon cache. Restart as soon as you delete it instead though.
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20 Aug 2010   #23
anon125

 
 

no improvement
icon pics still missing.
and on a MS product! streets and trips 2010
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20 Aug 2010   #24
anon125

 
 

system restore cured the problem.
removing irfanview

sadly only temporary
I hate Windows 7
all it does it make MS even richer

Issue continued in original thread:
win7 desktop icon problem
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2010   #25
anon125

 
 

an email link led to here asking for a screenshot.
no need. it is the standard standin icon a picture with little boxes in it.
for adobe elements 5
reinstalling streets got its icon going.
thanks
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21 Aug 2010   #26
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Anon. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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21 Aug 2010   #27
Ravanx

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Just curious. What could cause the icons to become corrupted?
Is it a case of power failure / connection failure / fan failure leading to the corruption of the system's registry keys, which then cause the icons to become corrupted?
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21 Aug 2010   #28
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ravanx,

It could be a number of things that may cause a icon to become corrupted. Here are some usual causes though:
  • Icon cache itself becomes corrupted causing the icons to not load or load incorrectly.
  • Shortcut loses it's association with it's target file location.
  • The desktop or Windows Explorer window did not refresh properly to show any change that may have been made.
  • If a bad attempt was made to change the icon.
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Aug 2010   #29
Ravanx

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
  • Icon cache itself becomes corrupted causing the icons to not load or load incorrectly.
  • Shortcut loses it's association with it's target file location.
What are the usual causes of the two above scenarios you pointed out??
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