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Ever lose your desktop icons?

120px-PC_Desktop_Cluttered_with_IconsA month or so ago, I was just minding my own business (actually, I think I was messing around with updating my Malwarebytes software), when I noticed my Windows 7 Desktop Icons had disappeared. The outline of each icon was there; the colored graphic to the icon was missing.


After my initial panic, I dug out my trusty Google search feature and after some research, found instructions on how to rebuild the Windows 7 Icon Cache!


Now, maybe you’ve never been presented with an issue like this. But just so you have it on hand if you are faced with missing icons, here are the instructions I found to get them back:


1. Close all folder windows that are currently open.
2. Launch Task Manager using the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key sequence, or by running taskmgr.exe
3. In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process
4. Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
5. From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
6. Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
7. In the Command Prompt window, type each of the below commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:


CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
8. In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
9. Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.


Your icons should be as good as new!


(I must say that I was a bit apprehensive about what would happen here, even though I followed the instructions to a T.)


Source: Tom’s Hardware, Forum – Rebuilding your desktop icons


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