ALL icons missing...from entire system...!

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  1.    16 Oct 2016 #1

    ALL icons missing...from entire system...!

    2 days ago, I was trying to load up some vacation pics from a Cd from the DVD drive when phone rang. After returning to the 'puter, the DVD was buzzing around all over and not stopping with the screen going black. I shut everything down, retrieved the CD, and rebooted to home screen. My desktop was back with the original wallpaper I had...BUT...the icons were missing with only the text names of the shortcuts/files left behind...?! No matter where I went on my system, all the icons were gone. The system works fine. I can surf from Firefox or IE, I can open pics files and view them. I can even play CoD with no issues at all. I can open all my drives, I have 1 500gb HDD, 1 128SSD, and 1 250SSD. I can retrieve files from all these drives and open/read/view all information, but there are just no icons left. I ran sfc scannow, 3 different full virus checks, 2 different Malware scans, but still no icons, just the icon text. Windows reset as per MS instruction will not work, it says there was a problem resetting. I uninstalled Explorer and tried to rebuild the icon cache but did not work. The other tricks using command prompts from the run screen did not work either. I am retired and basically "winging" this mess, so go easy on me, as I am not a computer wiz...! I must have tried 20 different "fixes" to no avail.

    Any and all help appreciated.

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  2. pepanee's Avatar
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       16 Oct 2016 #2

    Let's try this one fix bro:

    1) Go to: Icon Cache - Rebuild in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Under option 1 at that page, download: Rebuild_Icon_Cache.bat
    3) Run that .cmd file
    4) Restart the computer. Let's hope this worked itself out
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  3.    16 Oct 2016 #3

    Thanks pepanee for jumpin in here, but I checked my VERY long list of fixes attempted, and that one was already tried and did not work...:-(

    back to the drawing board...

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  4.    16 Oct 2016 #4

    Is a System Restore point available to try?
    If not, a repair install using an in-place upgrade?
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
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  5.    16 Oct 2016 #5

    Hey simrick, no restore point to go to. Tried the in-place upgrade but Windows says it could not do this...!! The stupid part is that the whole system works fine but as I said, there are NO icons to be had and the text that is left on the desktop will not show properties, so it's a real screw up for whatever is messing with the icon cache...???
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  6. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
       16 Oct 2016 #6

    It is possible that the folder that contains the icon cache (or the icon cache file itself) has blocked permissions from your account.

    Let's check it out.

    1) Open a File Explorer window, such as: C:\
    2) In the address bar above, copy & paste this: %localappdata%
    3) Press Enter
    4) What happen?
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  7.    16 Oct 2016 #7

    In a word...nothing...! :-(

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  8. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
       16 Oct 2016 #8

    Lol? please be more specific. Did a window pop up stating that you cannot go here? Is there anything shown in that window?
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  9.    16 Oct 2016 #9

    In another word...nothing...and I mean nothing, nadda, zip, zero, niet...! No message, no error, not a they say in England...!

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  10. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional
       16 Oct 2016 #10

    LOL no sausage?? I was hoping your computer can pop out some Sausage out of the cd-rom drive.

    Go to: C:\Users
    (What is your user account called?) Double click that
    Do you see "AppData" folder?
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