Windows 10: All icons are gone (everywhere)

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  1.    04 Jan 2016 #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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       04 Jan 2016 #2
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  3.    04 Jan 2016 #3

    davidhk said: View Post
    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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       04 Jan 2016 #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.    04 Jan 2016 #5

    davidhk said: View Post
    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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       04 Jan 2016 #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.    04 Jan 2016 #7

    davidhk said: View Post
    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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       04 Jan 2016 #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.    04 Jan 2016 #9

    davidhk said: View Post
    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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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       04 Jan 2016 #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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