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Fixing Broken Desktop Icons

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:32 am
by jussij
Windows use a cache to manage program icons.

While this works fine most of the time, sometimes that cache gets out of wack and as a result the icons get drawn incorrectly.

Since Windows 8.1 the icon cache is located in this hidden file location:

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The following batch file can be used to flush this cache and restore and broken icons:

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@echo off
:: Stop Explorer
taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe

:: Delete the cache
set "path=%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db"
if exist "%path%" del /A:H "%path%"

:: Restart Explorer
start explorer.exe
If this does not fix this issue then more drastic measures might be needed as described here: ... windows-10

Cheers Jussi