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How To Rebuild A Corrupted Icon Cache

When you navigate from one directory to another and view ex-amount of files, their Icons are Immediately displayed, with little to no delay. That's because Windows automatically saves them In an Icon cache. Rather than scanning each Icon every time you access files, the OS will grab them from the stored cache. Sometimes the cache can corrupt, causing the Icons to not display correctly, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to rebuild a corrupted Icon cache.

Before I begin, do note that this does not fix Thumbnails of documents, pictures, videos and folders- as these are stored In a different location, namely the Thumbnail cache and not the Icon cache. Back on-topic here, If you've experienced Icons not loading In a timely manner or perhaps distorted to some degree, the Icon cache may well be corrupted, thus needs to be deleted, reset and recreated.

I will demonstrate how to do this, by using a neat little Batch file, that will open the Command Prompt and run a series of tasks. All that's required on your part, Is to execute the file and follow a couple of prompts. I have provided the download links to the Batch file, at the end of this article. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:
Once you've downloaded the Batch file, extract It to a folder of your choice. It must be executed with elevated privileges, so right-click It and select Run as administrator as shown below.

Step Two:
The Command Prompt will now open, with my suggestion to save all work before continuing. Do just that, and hit any key on your keyboard.

Last Step:
As you can see, the IconCache database files have been successfully deleted. You now need to reboot your PC to complete the process, so hit the Y key. Once your PC fully boots, check your Icons.

Final Thoughts:
It doesn't get any easier than this, does It? I've simplified the entire task, down to a few clicks of the mouse. Depending on the nature and severity of your corrupted Icons, this may not fix the Issue In It's entirety, but It's certainly worth giving It a try. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain- should It succeed.

Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned Batch file.

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