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Offline JimmyB76

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All icons are gone on my PC?
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:24:20 AM »
ok this is a weird thing...

i went to go use my PC this morning and it appears all my icons everywhere for my PC are gone...
ive never seen this before, everything was fine yesterday...
im not sure how to go about restoring them all - any suggestions?

ive attached a screenshot of my desktop to illustrate...

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Re: All icons are gone on my PC?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2017, 03:27:01 AM »
investigating thus far, it appears my IconCache.db is gone somehow...

CCleaner had no effect...

not a "Hide Desktop Icons" issue, all of my icons everywhere are gone...

when i go to C:\Users\(my name)\AppData\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer folder, this is what is there...
no IconCache.db is there, for some reason Windows is not generating a new one

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Re: All icons are gone on my PC?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2017, 03:33:02 AM »
i do have "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" enabled...

tried doing everything explained in these articles...

https://www.howtogeek.com/232779/how-to-rebuild-a-broken-icon-cache-in-windows-10/

https://www.howtogeek.com/232779/how-to-rebuild-a-broken-icon-cache-in-windows-10/

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5645-rebuild-icon-cache-windows-10-a.html


 ie4uinit.exe -show

 taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F

 DEL /A /Q "%localappdata%\IconCache.db"

 DEL /A /F /Q "%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*"

 shutdown /r /f /t 00
had no effect...

tried a few other scans in cmd, no joy... :(

i am such at a loss as to why this happened to begin with, but even moreso why i cant find a fix...
perhaps if someone sent me their Windows 10 Pro IconCache.db and i drop it on my end where it should be, might resolve this?   :dontknow :confused

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Re: All icons are gone on my PC?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2017, 04:21:18 AM »
okay, I'm gonna be stupid for a moment. I once had all my icons completely disappear. after a couple minutes, i clicked on this button

and then I noticed that desktop 2 was selected. I clicked on desktop 1 and everything was back.


I know you said that the .db file was missing, I'm just covering bases. If this doesn't help, then I have no idea, sorry.


*edit* Welp, just saw that in your images that button isn't there. no idea man. Sorry.
*Edit #2* Just looked in that folder on my pc and there is also no plain old IconCache.db. I'm thinking it's a different issue. I don't have a problem with my icons, and that file isn't there on mine. idk what to tell ya.

*Edit3* Okay, so if that button isn't there, right click on an empty space on the taskbar, and select "Show Task View Button" and try what I said originally.

I'd try using the task view button. I don't know why the icons would be gone on one of the desktop screens, but, it did it to me once, so... If this doesn't fix it, i got nothing.
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Re: All icons are gone on my PC?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2017, 08:45:17 PM »
check the directory of the programs to check if they work
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