Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Windows - Icon Not Showing Correctly Fix

If you find that icons of your applications are not showing correctly on your Windows 7, your Icon Cache may be corrupted. The Icon Cache or IconCache.db is a special database file that Windows uses to make drawing icons of applications faster without having to get from individual application each time.

To be able to get the icons displayed correctly again, IconCache.db has to be rebuilt.
  1. Launch Task Manager.
  2. Look for explorer.exe process and end it.
  3. Locate IconCache.db and delete it. In Windows 7/8, the IconCache.db file can be found at C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Local\. (you may need to enable to show hidden files before you can locate IconCache.db).
  4. From Task Manager, click on File > New Task (Run).
  5. Type explorer.exe and then click on OK button.

Your icons should be back!

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