This will not help with any of the following icon
- A shortcut's icon that is not displayed properly due to the source of the
shortcut being moved or deleted. You may need to recreate a new shortcut
directly from the source (ex: program's exe) file to replace it instead.
- All icons for a specific file extension display the wrong icon. This may be
do to setting the wrong association for what program to open the file extension
instead. You can restore the default file extension's
associations to fix this icon instead.
To Manually Rebuild the Icon Cache using the Command Prompt
Close and save anything that you are working on. This command will kill explorer
and restart the computer when completed.2.
Open a command prompt in Windows 7 or Windows 8.
In the command prompt, Copy and paste each command line below exactly as is one
at a time and press enter after each command.
The last command will restart the computer, so be sure to close and save
anything that you are working on first.
IconCache.db file has now been rebuilt.
- ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache
- taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
- DEL "%localappdata%\IconCache.db" /A
- shutdown /r /f /t 00
5. If the icons are still not displaying properly, then
download and merge the ICO option in this tutorial for Windows 7 or Windows 8 to restore the default associations of
.ico (icon) files.