All icons are gone (everywhere)

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  1. 2bl
    Posts : 16
    windows 10
       #1

    All icons are gone (everywhere)


    Hi, something really weird happened after I restarted my computer. The icons in my desktop, folders, etc (everywhere) are gone. (see the pictures)
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    I rebooted a bunch of times and even did a system restore but it's still not displaying any of the icons.

    Please help if you know what happened.

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
       #2
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  3. 2bl
    Posts : 16
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    davidhk said:
    Hi,

    Thanks for the quick reply. I tried what you suggested but the icons are still not showing. It seems the IconCache.db is missing...
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  4. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
       #4

    OK. Sounds like this happens only just recently. Yes ?
    If so, do a system restore. Pick a date when you did NOT have this problem as your restore point.

    System Restore Windows 10

    Please post back the result.
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  5. 2bl
    Posts : 16
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    davidhk said:
    OK. Sounds like this happens only just recently. Yes ?
    If so, do a system restore. Pick a date when you did NOT have this problem as your restore point.

    System Restore Windows 10

    Please post back the result.
    I did a system restore already... but the icons are still not there. Should I do it again?
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  6. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
       #6

    No. No point doing it again.
    I didn't know you had it done already.
    Tell me, what else you had tried so I won't repeat them.
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  7. 2bl
    Posts : 16
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    davidhk said:
    No. No point doing it again.
    I didn't know you had it done already.
    Tell me, what else you had tried so I won't repeat them.
    Just the things in my original post (reboot and system restore), then rebuild icon cache like you've suggested. I think the reason may be because IconCache.db is missing. When I tried DEL "%localappdata%\IconCache.db" /A in command, it says the file is missing. Maybe that's the reason?
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  8. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
       #8

    OK. See if system file check will help. It is to look for corrupt files. It will try to do repair if any is found.

    Right click at Start button > click Command Prompt (Admin) > at the flashing prompt, copy/paste this.......
    sfc /scannow

    > press Enter.
    It will take quite sometime.
    When finished, it will give you one of the 3 reports...............(paraphrasing)
    1. No integrity violation.
    2. Found corrupt files and repair successful.
    3. Found corrupt files but unable to repair.
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  9. 2bl
    Posts : 16
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    davidhk said:
    OK. See if system file check will help. It is to look for corrupt files. It will try to do repair if any is found.

    Right click at Start button > click Command Prompt (Admin) > at the flashing prompt, copy/paste this.......
    sfc /scannow

    > press Enter.
    It will take quite sometime.
    When finished, it will give you one of the 3 reports...............(paraphrasing)
    1. No integrity violation.
    2. Found corrupt files and repair successful.
    3. Found corrupt files but unable to repair.
    I just got the no integrity violation message, nothing else.
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  10. Posts : 5,442
    windows 10 Pro ver 21H2 build 19044.1348
       #10

    Well, this suggestion of mine may not be what you want to do.................... Reset the PC.

    Start button > Settings > Update & Recovery > left side, click Recovery > right side, under Reset this PC, click the Get Started button.

    *** The downside of this method is that you can only keep your persona; files. All programs you have installed will have to be re-installed afterwards ***
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