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Icons missing in Control Panel RRS feed

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  • It appears in either normal view or classic view
    Is there a need to rebuild the cache file?
    if so,how to do this?

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    Tuesday, September 23, 2008 11:03 PM

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  • Ronnie

     

    Use the following procedure to rebuild the icon cache in Vista.

     

    First, go to Control Panel, click Classic View in the Tasks Pane.

     

    Double click Folder Options to open.

    Select the View Tab.

    Place a check mark in the 'Show Hidden Files and Folders' option.

    Apply / OK.

     

    Open Windows Explorer and navigate to:

    C:\Users\username\AppData\Local  (Where username is the name of the account you are logged on with)

    Locate the IconCache.db  file.

    Right click the file and select Delete.

    Confirm the deletion.

    Go to the Recycle Bin and empty it.

     

    Exit all running programs and restart the computer.

     

    When the computer restarts, the IconCache.db file will be replaced with a fresh copy.

     

    *NOTE: In some cases, it may take another restart to completely rebuild the cache.

     


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    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 4:03 AM
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  • Ronnie

     

    Do you have Service Pack 1 installed? There is a hotfix in this update that fixed a similar problem.

     

    If not, take a look at the following article. There is a workaround there that solves this problem.

     

    Icons are missing from Control Panel, or you cannot start Control Panel, the Welcome Center, or games in Windows Vista:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936686

     

    Let us know if this works for you.

     

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    Ronnie Vernon
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    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 12:31 AM
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  • it happens after I have installed SP1
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 12:33 AM
  • Ronnie

     

    Use the following procedure to rebuild the icon cache in Vista.

     

    First, go to Control Panel, click Classic View in the Tasks Pane.

     

    Double click Folder Options to open.

    Select the View Tab.

    Place a check mark in the 'Show Hidden Files and Folders' option.

    Apply / OK.

     

    Open Windows Explorer and navigate to:

    C:\Users\username\AppData\Local  (Where username is the name of the account you are logged on with)

    Locate the IconCache.db  file.

    Right click the file and select Delete.

    Confirm the deletion.

    Go to the Recycle Bin and empty it.

     

    Exit all running programs and restart the computer.

     

    When the computer restarts, the IconCache.db file will be replaced with a fresh copy.

     

    *NOTE: In some cases, it may take another restart to completely rebuild the cache.

     


    If this post helps to resolve your issue, click the Mark as Answer or Helpful button at the top of this message.
    By marking a post as Answered, or Helpful you help others find the answer faster.

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 4:03 AM
    Moderator
  •  

    This sometimes works:

    If some items are missing, click the Windows Orb (Start), type regedit, press Enter and navigate to registry key

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\dontload and delete items in the right pane that you want to see in Control Panel.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 1:18 PM