Windows 7 and missing icons

Posted: January 31, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I’ve had missing icons recently. Seems this happens from time to time in the operating system (for whatever reason). Seems like a pretty silly bug to have an issue with.

In any case, I found a way to fix it by deleting your icon cache. To do this:

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
  2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You’ll get a confirmation dialog. Click “End Process” to confirm.
  3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run…).
  4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
    cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
  5. Open the Run box again with File –> New Task (Run…). This time, enter this command:
  6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.


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