Windows 10: "Downloads" folder icon missing Solved


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bits
       04 Jan 2017 #1

    "Downloads" folder icon missing


    Hello all,I'm Aaron and I'm new in here. Nice to meet you all! xDI was at Google searching for a solution for my problem when I found you, guys. I looked everywhere, searched all tenforums.com, but couldn't find an answer. :SMy "Downloads" folder (C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Downloads) icon has gone missing, turning "Downloads" folder into a normal folder (at least in the appearance, since the folder remains the same in all other aspects).I have attached below two screenshots:1 screenshot: how the "Downloads" folder presents itself when I browse to "C:\Users\%USERNAME%" through the desktop, by clicking on my name's icon below the recycle bin;

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    Any tip would be grateful, guys!Thanks a lot and a happy new year for we all! Aaron
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  2. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home x64
       04 Jan 2017 #2

    Not sure if you tried it/would work, but access the Downloads folder, right-click anywhere and then on Properties. Go to the "Customize" tab and click on "Restore default". This will ensure that no other icon is being shown on that folder than the default one.
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bits
    Thread Starter
       04 Jan 2017 #3

    smirnovAl said: View Post
    Not sure if you tried it/would work, but access the Downloads folder, right-click anywhere and then on Properties. Go to the "Customize" tab and click on "Restore default". This will ensure that no other icon is being shown on that folder than the default one.
    Hi, smirnovAl, and thanks for your reply! I have tried it already and tried again when I saw your reply, but no success.

    Thanks a lot,
    Aaron
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  4. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home x64
       04 Jan 2017 #4

    aaronlucato said: View Post
    Hi, smirnovAl, and thanks for your reply! I have tried it already and tried again when I saw your reply, but no success.

    Thanks a lot,
    Aaron
    Have you performed any changes before it occurred?
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  5. Posts : 311
    Windows 10 Pro 15063.250
       04 Jan 2017 #5

    User folders are not your normal everyday folders. They are special folders and they have special properties.
    Look inside the Downloads Folder for a file called desktop.ini. The contents of the desktop.ini file should look something like this:

    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21798
    IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-184

    This is the information that tells it which icon to display. If this file is missing or corrupt then the icon will not show properly. It also very possible that your Downloads folder has lost its special properties. You might want to Google how to Repair User Folders. I thought I had this bookmarked but I cannot find it at the moment. Hopefully this will get you pointed in the right direction to solve this issue.
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  6. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bits
    Thread Starter
       04 Jan 2017 #6

    tracit99 said: View Post
    User folders are not your normal everyday folders. They are special folders and they have special properties.
    Look inside the Downloads Folder for a file called desktop.ini. The contents of the desktop.ini file should look something like this:

    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21798
    IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-184

    This is the information that tells it which icon to display. If this file is missing or corrupt then the icon will not show properly. It also very possible that your Downloads folder has lost its special properties. You might want to Google how to Repair User Folders. I thought I had this bookmarked but I cannot find it at the moment. Hopefully this will get you pointed in the right direction to solve this issue.
    Thanks a lot for the reply, tracit99! You were absolutely right about everything, though something a little strange has happened. Despite my desktop.ini seemed to be corrupt, I have fixed it by copying it and then replacing it with it's copy! O.o

    I'll mark the post as solved and then post a step-by-step guide for the ones who need it.
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  7. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bits
    Thread Starter
       04 Jan 2017 #7

    SOLVED! Step-by-step guide


    =======================================================================================
    Restore default "Downloads" user folder icon in Windows 10 through the desktop.ini file
    =======================================================================================

    Note: this option will be for all of the user folders in "C:\Users\%USERNAME%" folder, except for the %USERNAME% folder itself. This guide is adapted and giving you instructions and download material purposely designed to fix the "Downloads" user folder, though it can be well done to fix all the other user folders in "\users\%USERNAME%" directory simply by replacing the "desktop.ini" file. Just follow the link at the bottom

    1. Press and hold Windows key and then press "R" key to open the "Run" dialog

    2. Type in the shell command:

    "shell:downloads" (without quotes)

    Note: this will open the personal user folder "Downloads"

    3. In Folder options, set protected operating system files to show

    4. Download the file "desktop.zip" containing the "desktop.ini" file
    Note: step 3 must be done before downloading and extracting the contents of this zip file, or else you'll see just an empty archive when you open "desktop.zip", since the content is a hidden system file called "desktop.ini")

    ===========
    desktop.zip
    ===========

    5. Extract the contents of "desktop.zip" containing the "desktop.ini" file related to the "Downloads" folder icon that you want to restore
    Note: the desktop.ini file is a .txt file that contains the user folder settings in it

    6. Right click the desktop.ini file in the extracted folder and click on "Properties". In the "General" tab, click the "Unblock" button and then "OK"
    Note: If there's not an "Unblock" button, then it's already unblocked. Proceed to step 6

    7. Replace the "desktop.ini" file in "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Downloads" with the one you have extracted from the "desktop.zip" file and then close the folder. Confirm any aditional dialog boxes that may appear, including the ones alerting about the dangers of moving system files
    Note: don't worry and replace the file even if the size and other attributes are the same. This is important!

    8. Open an elevated command prompt and type:

    "attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Downloads /S /D" (without quotes)

    Note: this will set the user folder as read-only

    9. Close the command prompt and restart Windows

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    Adapted by Aaron (from: User Folders - Restore Default Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums)
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    Last edited by aaronlucato; 04 Jan 2017 at 20:51.
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