Windows 10: All icons & thumbnails gone in Windows Explorer & desktop Solved

  1.    19 Mar 2016 #1

    All icons & thumbnails gone in Windows Explorer & desktop

    Hi all,

    On turning on my laptop yesterday (for the first time in a couple of days), all my icons are now missing:

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    This also includes thumbnails, etc:

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Size:	436.8 KB 
ID:	70273

    I have tried restarting / full shutdown a few times with no effect.

    Any suggestions much appreciated!


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  2. davidhk's Avatar
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       19 Mar 2016 #2

    Try icon cache rebuild....................

    Also see if you need to do a Thumbnail cache clear and reset....................
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  3.    19 Mar 2016 #3

    Thanks David.

    I tried both of the above (separately, with restarts), but the issue remains.
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  4. davidhk's Avatar
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       19 Mar 2016 #4

    Do a Repair Install.
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

    If you find the tutorial a bit intimidating, please post back for clarification.
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  5. davidhk's Avatar
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       19 Mar 2016 #5

    Before doing a Repair Install, perhaps give it a shot at system file check to look for corrupt files. If any found, it will try to do repair.
    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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  6.    19 Mar 2016 #6

    No violations found. I'll try a system restore point.
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  7.    19 Mar 2016 #7

    Restored to a 10 day old restore point but no help.

    Might have to be a repair install
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  8.    19 Mar 2016 #8

    Problem fixed, I think - I went back and repeated instructions from a previous fix (had been working properly since upgrade to 10, but seemed to be thrown off somehow!

    How to get rid of app shortcut arrows on the Windows 10 desktop | Windows Central

    Just recalled that this might have been involved, although was surprised it knocked out previews of pictures, etc!

    Thanks again John.
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  9. davidhk's Avatar
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       19 Mar 2016 #9

    Good to know you have it sorted.

    Each to his own. I'll never understand why shortcut arrows could bother so many users.
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  10.    19 Mar 2016 #10

    I 100% know it is irrational. But I love a nice clean interface!
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