Desktop icons are all messed up

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by mansfin, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. mansfin

    mansfin New Member

    Nov 15, 2012
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    Originally, I noticed my Word and Excel icons were not displaying properly (look at the "paper.docx" icon). So I "rebuilt" the icon cache database using the steps below:

    Rebuilding the Icon Cache Database

    1. Close all folder windows that are currently open.
    2. Launch Task Manager using the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key sequence, or by running taskmgr.exe.
    3. In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process.
    4. Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
    5. From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
    6. Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
    7. In the Command Prompt window, type the commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:
    CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    DEL IconCache.db /a

    8. In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
    9. Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.


    Now a bunch of icons are messed up (as opposed to before when only my Word and Excel icons were not displaying properly). Any ideas? Thanks.
  2. zvit

    zvit Honorable Member

    Nov 3, 2009
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    Did you log off and on again or restart the computer? (You should restart).

    p.s. Wow! You are a very busy (and smart) guy if those desktop icons are yours! All that data processing! :)
    I just hope the PBS folder and the duckcapture don't work together... ;-)
    #2 zvit, Nov 15, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012

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