Windows 10: Icons on desktop

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  1.    14 Jan 2016 #1

    Icons on desktop


    Does anyone else see frustrations with the icon shortcuts on the desktop? Even with SSD drive I will boot and whilst Windows loads in seconds when the desktop displays only about 75% of the icons display correct. The rest have the generic white paper icon, then after a couple more secs the majority then display correctly save for some stragglers which will then display correctly after a couple more secs. I thought really the icons should display properly more or less instantly. After that it's all fine but it's same behaviour each boot. I do notice very occasionally the desktop icons refresh after boot but it's very rare and seems to coincide perhaps with app updates in background / new installs. When it does happen it's similar behaviour, the majority of icons flash white for a milli second and then appear fine but there are stragglers that take a few more secs to refresh correctly

    cheers, Wayne
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  2. Posts : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       14 Jan 2016 #2

    Couple of things you could try:
    1. Open File Explorer. In the address space, type: %LOCALAPPDATA%, hit <ENTER> then delete the file IconCache.db
    2. Download the attachement below, unzip, double click to merge into the registry to increase the cache size.
    3. Reboot the PC to rebuild the IconCache.db
    Icons on desktop Attached Files
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  3.    14 Jan 2016 #3

    Thank you. I am aware if the max icon cache but have not seen much info relating to whether it works same in Windows 10, the registry file you sent, what will that be increasing to?

    What is the default max icon cache on Windows 10? I know on windows 7 it was a pathetic 500 kb. Is it the same with Windows 10? Seems strange that MS sets it so low.

    I am also curious as to whether others see similar types of behaviour with the icons. Having such a low default cache size on Windows would make me think many others see this happening as their machines install more stuff, app count grows, more icon variety building.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       14 Jan 2016 #4

    Not sure what the default is. The entry didn't even exist in one of my fresh install of Windows 10 registry. However, the recomended value for Max Cache Icons is to set at hex 0x2000 which is 8192 in decimal to avoid IconCache.db corruption.
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  5.    14 Jan 2016 #5

    Thank you. I am going to try the Max Cached Icons registry edit. There is a lot of conflicting info on the net but basically I navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer and then add a new string called Max Cached Icons and then change the value to 8192 right? Unfortunately hex decimals, Qwords, Dwords go right over my head. I just need to add this a Reg_Sz string right and then reboot? My system is Windows 10 Pro 64-bit if that helps.
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  6.    14 Jan 2016 #6

    Scottyboy99 said: View Post
    Does anyone else see frustrations with the icon shortcuts on the desktop? Even with SSD drive I will boot and whilst Windows loads in seconds when the desktop displays only about 75% of the icons display correct. The rest have the generic white paper icon, then after a couple more secs the majority then display correctly save for some stragglers which will then display correctly after a couple more secs. I thought really the icons should display properly more or less instantly. After that it's all fine but it's same behaviour each boot. I do notice very occasionally the desktop icons refresh after boot but it's very rare and seems to coincide perhaps with app updates in background / new installs. When it does happen it's similar behaviour, the majority of icons flash white for a milli second and then appear fine but there are stragglers that take a few more secs to refresh correctly

    cheers, Wayne
    I hate desktop icons. The 'come with the package' rarely work eg: facebook. White blank icons, and white icons with a tiny representation of the program in it. I even tired downloading and installing a few 'designer' icons, but they are not recognised.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       14 Jan 2016 #7

    Here's how it is set in my Registry. DWORD should be used. Just unzip the attachement and double click to merge into the registry.
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    windows 10 Home threshold2
       14 Jan 2016 #9

    Scottyboy99 said: View Post
    Does anyone else see frustrations with the icon shortcuts on the desktop? Even with SSD drive I will boot and whilst Windows loads in seconds when the desktop displays only about 75% of the icons display correct. The rest have the generic white paper icon, then after a couple more secs the majority then display correctly save for some stragglers which will then display correctly after a couple more secs. I thought really the icons should display properly more or less instantly. After that it's all fine but it's same behaviour each boot. I do notice very occasionally the desktop icons refresh after boot but it's very rare and seems to coincide perhaps with app updates in background / new installs. When it does happen it's similar behaviour, the majority of icons flash white for a milli second and then appear fine but there are stragglers that take a few more secs to refresh correctly

    cheers, Wayne
    Here is the easiest way to rebuild icon cache.....................
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html
    Use Option One.

    Personally I have been using the one published for Win 7 and Win 8.
    I use it on Win 10 many times and it works just the same..............
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...e-rebuild.html
    Option One.
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  10.    14 Jan 2016 #10

    OK it was hidden. I deleted file and then ran your link. Dont know yet if its worked, all icons remain the same though.

    I also tried option one - very easy to do. As my icons are the same I presume it will only work on new ones??
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