Black Icons appearing on Desktop instead of your normal Icons

 http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/49819-icon-cache-rebuild.html?ltr=I

This will not help with any of the following icon issues:
  • 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.

3. In the command prompt, Copy and paste each command line below exactly as is one at a time and press enter after each command.

WARNING: The last command will restart the computer, so be sure to close and save anything that you are working on first.
  • ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache
  • taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
  • DEL "%localappdata%\IconCache.db" /A
  • shutdown /r /f /t 00
4. The IconCache.db file has now been rebuilt.

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.
 
How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink on Windows SevenForums
27 Dec 2009 

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