Windows 10: Wrong icon on a folder and its contents. How to change.


  1. Posts : 170
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
       12 Jul 2016 #1

    Wrong icon on a folder and its contents. How to change.


    FreeFileSync is a respected and efficient freeware/donationware for carrying out backups of changed files (eg., documents, pictures etc.).

    My FreeFileSync profiles (which specify how changed files will be copied to the backup) now have Photoshop icons, both the enclosing folder and all its profile files! (I don't know why.) They run OK provided I run them from within FreeFileSync, but if I double click them in the Finder they open in Photoshop which rejects them. The file type should be *.ffs_gui which continues to be explicitly specified by FFS every time in its save dialogue box: "Save as type: (*.ffs_gui)". Despite that, the icons continue to be for Photoshop.

    I have deleted the old (troublesome) profile folder, uninstalled FFS, restarted the computer, re-installed FFS from their site and created a new folder which has the default yellow folder icon. I then created new freshly written profile files in FFS with new names but as soon as I save the first one the folder's icon immediately changes to Photoshop, also the profile files. Therefore it seems clear that FFS is specifying the wrong filetype despite its save dialogue box explicitly specifying *.ffs_gui every time.

    I will need to contact FFS, but one way would be to create and save a complete set of fresh profiles (which would have the Photoshop icon and filetype) and then change their file types to *.ffs_gui and the folder icon to the default yellow, without saving any new FFS profile files. How could I do that please (I expect there is a routine in Windows to do that).

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 3,429
    EL Capitan
       12 Jul 2016 #2

    Clear the Icon Cache. The other problem that can happen is that if you are using a Live profile, any information saved on Microsoft's servers can reload the wrong Icons, so turn off sync, until you reboot.

    In Windows 10, you need to do the following. If you needed to rebuild the Icon cache in Windows 7 / 8, you needed to do the following: Open File Explorer > Folder Options > Views to show Hidden System Files. Next, go to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local folder and delete the hidden IconCache.db file. Reboot.
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  3. Posts : 170
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
    Thread Starter
       12 Jul 2016 #3

    bro67 said: View Post
    Clear the Icon Cache. The other problem that can happen is that if you are using a Live profile, any information saved on Microsoft's servers can reload the wrong Icons, so turn off sync, until you reboot.

    In Windows 10, you need to do the following. If you needed to rebuild the Icon cache in Windows 7 / 8, you needed to do the following: Open File Explorer > Folder Options > Views to show Hidden System Files. Next, go to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local folder and delete the hidden IconCache.db file. Reboot.
    I deleted IconCache.db and rebooted but no luck. Any other suggestions?

    Also, what is "Live Profile" and how to "turn off sync". Thanks.
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  4. Posts : 3,429
    EL Capitan
       12 Jul 2016 #4

    A live profile is what Microsoft is using for Windows 8 & 10 to allow you to have a "Roaming Profile". Turning off profile sync is done in Settings.

    If clearing the cache and rebooting is not working, then I would check and see if others are having the same problem with the program that you are using.
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