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  • Windows 7
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January 27, 2011 8:26:30 AM

Hi,

Some application icons and files that are use them to open aren't displaying their proper icon and are displaying a default windows icon.

This is happening in the taskbar, the desktop and the start menu.

I've tried deleting the iconcache.db file which didn't work.

I've attached some photos illustrating the problem.

Any ideas are extremely welcomed!!

Thanks a lot



Start Menu:




Taskbar:



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a b $ Windows 7
January 27, 2011 11:31:45 AM

Have you tried getting up the shortcut properties and changing the shortcut there?
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January 27, 2011 2:06:06 PM

DJ-Specter said:
Hi,

Some application icons and files that are use them to open aren't displaying their proper icon and are displaying a default windows icon.

This is happening in the taskbar, the desktop and the start menu.

I've tried deleting the iconcache.db file which didn't work.

I've attached some photos illustrating the problem.

Any ideas are extremely welcomed!!

Thanks a lot



Start Menu:


http://milesmonty.com/icon%20display%201.png

Taskbar:



http://milesmonty.com/icon%20display%202.png


What happened to the computer before this happened? Did you try a registry cleaner tool or something? Do the shortcuts work OK and just the icons are different? Did you try to roll back to a earlier restore point?
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June 10, 2011 7:09:12 PM

The registry points to the icons which Windows 7 will use for "Office" documents. These icons are not the icons inside winword.exe, but some other icons, somewhere else. If, usually while "cleaning" the registry, you delete those references, you lose the icons for (the respective) "Office" documents.

I cannot remember where these icons reside, neither am I sure how to reinstate them. However, the above may help someone else to shed some more light on the issue.

Helladios
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April 22, 2013 10:01:52 PM

Here's a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
Code:
explorer.exe
6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.


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March 4, 2014 1:47:38 PM

bhadri said:
Here's a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
Code:
explorer.exe
6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.




I know you posted this awhile ago, but I saw this thread come up on google, and just wanted to say thanks a bunch, it helped!
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April 10, 2014 6:29:38 AM

bhadri said:
Here's a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
Code:
explorer.exe
6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.




Thanks, this worked
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June 28, 2014 10:57:18 AM

bhadri said:
Here's a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
Code:
explorer.exe
6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.




Hi: tried exactly what you detailed in your instructions, but still the "office" apps come up with generic windows icons (I've got Office 2003, btw)...
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June 29, 2014 1:40:01 AM

pastorccamacho said:
bhadri said:
Here's a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
Code:
explorer.exe
6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.




Hi: tried exactly what you detailed in your instructions, but still the "office" apps come up with generic windows icons (I've got Office 2003, btw)...


You should seriously get the latest MS Office. Office 2003 isn't supported anymore. http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/support-has-ende...
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July 2, 2014 5:59:54 AM

bhadri said:
Here's a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
Code:
explorer.exe
6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.



This worked perfectly, thank you!
Running Win7 64-bit.
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September 18, 2014 5:39:55 AM

bhadri said:
Here's a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
Code:
explorer.exe
6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.




Found this thread thanks to Google (after many searching queries)...

I registered just to thank you (and hopefully bring this thread higher in the search results for other people)

Worked perfectly on Windows 8.1 64bits.
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