Can't Restore Desktop Icon Images

January 11, 2007 at 18:07:50
Specs: Windows XP, -

Hi all,

I'm not sure how it happened, but I just noticed that the majority of my desktop icons have suddenly changed their appearance. They all still work, but they all appear with the default file icon symbol. I hope you guys know what I mean. Thx for your assistance.

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January 11, 2007 at 18:17:27

cris27, Start your computer in SAFE mode then restart it in Normal mode. This will rebuild the iconcache.db file and should correct the problem.


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January 11, 2007 at 18:20:22

Go and get TweakUI from here when its installed do this:

Open TweaUI go to the Repair section make sure Rebuild Icons is selected, then click on Repair Now. This should fix you probs.

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January 12, 2007 at 11:45:25

Thanks guys for your helpful replies, my problem is now fixed. But I was just wondering though, how does a problem like this occur?

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January 12, 2007 at 12:08:36

cris27, Glad to see that the problem is fixed. Which method did you use to fix it? As far as why it happens it's hard to say as Windows does do some strange things at times. This has happened to many others and it's nothing to worry about.


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January 14, 2007 at 13:16:45

Hi Tufenuf,

I tried your method first, but it unfortunately didn't work for me. I did as you told me and opened Windows in Safe Mode and then restarted normally, but the icons were still the same. Maybe if I had chosen the option for Windows to go back to a previous state, it might have helped? Thanks for your assistance anyways, it was much appreciated.

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