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Rebuild the Icon Cache

If you have any icons that are not displaying correctly in Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 then rebuilding the icon cache will reset them. This will show you how to delete the icon cache, to clear it, so the operating system will rebuild it after a restart. This does not change the icons. It only clears the icon cache to get rid of any corruption and rebuilds the icon cache with the correct icons again.

If this is for a internet URL icons (favicons), in browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Favorites etc., then you will need to delete the Temporary Internet Files to reset these icons instead.


Automatically Rebuild the Icon Cache:

  • Click on the download button below to download the file below


  • Save the file to your desktop, and run it.
  • Click on Run when prompted.
  • Follow the instructions in the command prompt to rebuild the Icon Cache
  • Restart the computer for changes to take effect.

Manually Rebuild the Icon Cache using the Command Prompt:
  • First close all the programs you have been working on. The system will restart automatically when it completes.
  • Click on Start and then click on Run and type CMD and Hit Enter
  • In the command prompt, Copy and Paste each command line below and press enter after each command.
  • taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
  • CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
  • DEL IconCache.db /a
  • DEL IconCache.db /a
  • The IconCache.db file has now been rebuilt and requires a restart

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