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Windows Icon cache will not rebuild itself RRS feed

  • Question

  • All my desktop icons are missing it only shows the text/name of program.

    On my taskbar there are huge empty spaces all I see is the shine when I hover over them

    When I click start the start menu doesn't appear

    The Iconcache.db file is not there and won't come back and will not recreate

    I'm using Windows 7 home premium x32

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:51 PM

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  • All my desktop icons are missing it only shows the text/name of program.

    On my taskbar there are huge empty spaces all I see is the shine when I hover over them

    When I click start the start menu doesn't appear

    The Iconcache.db file is not there and won't come back and will not recreate

    I'm using Windows 7 home premium x32


    Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:20 AM
  • Hi,

    First of all, do we have any backups available to go back to a good state? If yes, please perform a system restore.

    Besides, do we have the Show hidden files and folders option selected? The Iconcache.db file is not visible by default, we could simply rename it and Windows should recreate it when restart.

    Regarding how to rebuild the Iconcache.db file, please take a look at the below articles:

    How to rebuild icon cache

    How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows

    And if the above is not work, then please consider to take a repair install of Windows 7.

    Best regards


    Michael Shao
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:22 AM
  • I have show hidden folders 

    I tried sfc /scannow command and it did not find anything

    I went to boot manager - repair your computer - startup repair and it could not find any problems

    I tried using Win 7 setup disc to repair and it did not work

    Thursday, April 3, 2014 4:41 PM
  • Also I found some error checkers and my computer is full of them what should I do
    Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:05 PM
  • Hi,

    Could you please tell more information regarding the error checkers? If possible please upload them to onedrive and post the link here.

    Might we take a try with another user account?If the icon works with another account, then we may take a try to fix the corrupt user profile:Fix a corrupted user profile

    Also please take a try with the Malicious Software Removal Tool(Download link):

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/malware-removal.aspx

    Best regards


    Michael Shao
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Jay Sisodia Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:17 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Jay Sisodia Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:33 AM
    Friday, April 4, 2014 7:30 AM
  • I tried logging on to new user as it told me but those icons were missing to

    But I tried logging in as a different user and it worked...  sort of

    Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:35 AM
  • Actually not fixed :(
    Saturday, April 5, 2014 1:13 AM
  • A screenshot please?

    Consider to do a clean install.

    Rgds

    Monday, April 7, 2014 1:28 AM
  • I do have the same problem. Did you fixed it?
    Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:41 PM