Windows 10 Tutorials 80 – How to Rebuild Icon Cache

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of the upcoming Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to rebuild Icon Cache for your account in Windows 10.

Windows 10 saves the icons for the files in icon cache and uses this icon cache to display them.

This way the icons can be displayed quickly as Windows does not have scan for each icon file and load them every time the file icon has to be displayed.

There may be times when you have problem with icons not displaying correctly.

This usually happens when you have updated an application and instead of showing the updated icon which came with the upgrade, Windows show you the old icon or a blank or damaged icon appears.

How to rebuild Icon Cache:

  1. Press Windows + R keys, type cmd and press Enter.
  2. In command prompt, enter and execute following commands one by one.
  • ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache
  • taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
  • DEL “%localappdata%\IconCache.db” /A
  • shutdown /r /f /t 00

Note: The last command will instantly restart the PC, make sure you have backed up all your important data.

You can also try deleting the IconCache.db file using File Explorer:

  1. Open a File Explorer.
  2. To show hidden files, click on View tab and then click on Hidden Items.
  3. Go to C:\Users\(Your User Name)\AppData\Local and delete IconCache.db file.
  4. Empty Recycle Bin and restart your computer.

How to Rebuild Icon Cache

Note: These steps will not work if the icon file for the application has been deleted or moved.

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The Trash says April 3, 2016

why do you need to FORCE reboot ? … just for the MF FUN, RIGHT, let’s have some ppl lose their work be cuz you “help” with some (meaning of life) icons, RIGHT ?

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