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Windows 7: Most programs icons gone generic white

13 Feb 2015   #1

Windows 7 - 64bit
Most programs icons gone generic white

Not sure what caused the issue, but it is most probably either Bitdefender STUPID duplicate files deleter which ruined all of my VMs! or a registery cleaner or a windows Tweaker!
Cannot restore to a previous restore point.. it fails!

My problem is that A LOT of programs icons went generic white.. well to elaborate, if I dig into the original file location there is no problem with the icon.. but the problem is with start menu Icons, Taskbar, Files associated with that program... etc

I read tons of threads with no success! What I tried so far:
- Creating a new user profile, with no success.. same issue..
- Deleting and reconstructing the IconCache.db.. nothing
- Using an icons manager and switching back to Windows with no success
- Change the color depth to 16bit and back to 32bit.. same

The issue is really annoying! when I open the original file location it's fine..
anywhere else is not.. even in something like "Add Remove Programs" !

Can't describe how much I want this issue solved..

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13 Feb 2015   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

No reason to be using any of that software.

We only recommend Ccleaner for the registry, I`ve used it for years, never an issue.

My advice, backup your data and re install windows.

It takes 15 minutes.
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13 Feb 2015   #3

Windows 7 - 64bit

Got a hint.. Seems like one of the cleanup programs!

Icons point to a location in the Windows\Installers folder.. it seems that a cleaner deleted them! will try to recover them..
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13 Feb 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro 32bit

Try putting this into a notepad, save as .bat file.
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
del "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db" /a

After saving, double click on the .bat file.
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13 Feb 2015   #5
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13 Feb 2015   #6

Windows 7 - 64bit

I already tried rebuilding the IconCache.db with no luck

as I stated this issue is caused by deletion of the %rootdir%/Installer

hope that is backed up by the image, otherwise I have to reinstall windows and all of the apps!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2015   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Well if you have an image, by all means use it :)
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