Windows 10: All icons, throughout my system (W10), have gone but description Solved

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  1.    02 Dec 2017 #1

    All icons, throughout my system (W10), have gone but description

    Turned my computer back on this morning to find that all my desktop icons, most of the task bar icons and all file icons have gone, however, their function remains, as far as I can tell.
    There is other weirdness in that I can right click on the icons but 'properties', for instance, will not work and when I go in 'This PC' weird black bits appear in the menu on the left. Also, when I save to my E: drive, I can actually see my file icons displayed in the 'Save as' box but not when I actually navigate to the drive, only the description below where the icons should be.

    The last thing I did before turning the PC off last night was run Super AntiSpyware and Spyware Terminator and then play a bit of Battlefield 1.

    The only thing I've done to try and rectify this is do a restore to two days ago but it has had no effect.

    What has happened and how can I rectify it?


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  2.    02 Dec 2017 #2
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  3.    02 Dec 2017 #3

    Thanks. Just tried it but it doesn't give me the option to open a command windows.
    Is it Powershell?


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  4.    02 Dec 2017 #4

    Dear TG:
    here's another potential solution to consider. You can download Sergey Tkachenko's WinAero Tweaker and run it as a portable application without installing it (one-time use is a nice side effect). Under its Tools menu the final item is labeled "Reset Icon Cache." It performs the actions described in the HowToGeek article quite nicely and automatically.
    Hope it helps to fix your issues!

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    PS: I've used this tool many times myself and it does the job, and will safely and correctly rebuild your Icon Cache.
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  5.    02 Dec 2017 #5

    Thought I'd create a system restore point before trying Winaero Tweaker and this happened.


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  6.    02 Dec 2017 #6

    Nope, tried the Winaero Icon Cache reset and nothing happened apart from the taskbar blinking every time I clicked 'Reset Icon Cache'.

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  7. Barman58's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 1803 - 17134.5 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       02 Dec 2017 #7

    try our own tutorial Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    If you are still not sorted leave a post in the tutorial thread and @Brink may be able to help you directly
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  8. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       02 Dec 2017 #8

    This problem looks like it needs Repair with in place Upgrade. You're not alone with this problem since Latest Windows update ...
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  9.    02 Dec 2017 #9

    No luck with option 1 or 2. I've posted in Barman's suggested thread.

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  10. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    10.6 Home 1809 x64
       02 Dec 2017 #10

    RocketDock has not been updated since 2007 and I wonder, what is the Registry Booster? Either one could be the cause.
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