Windows 10: Corrupt IconCache.db does not Rebuild: A New Fix Solved

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  1.    01 Feb 2016 #1

    Corrupt IconCache.db does not Rebuild: A New Fix


    For the last 5 days I have been searching for a solution to restore the icons and thumbnails that disappeared on Desktop and Explorer. The iconcache.db was corrupted. I deleted it and then tried to rebuild it, eventually using every suggestion I could find on the web, including two in these forums involving a .bat file and Command Prompt routine. No dice. I had no iconcache.db to delete anymore, which was another problem. I was at the point of doing a System Restore, which in my experience is asking for more trouble.

    Then, yesterday, I took another laptop I own that is running Windows 10, and copied the iconcache.db file to a thumbdrive. I then implanted this file where it belongs (C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\), and bingo!--the icons popped back into life, as did the lost ability to view Properties on the right-click dropdown menus on icons and files.

    n.b. I had already tried this gambit of implanting a db file from elsewhere, but it came from Windows 7 and didn't work. It has to be a Win 10 iconcache.db file. If you don't have another computer with this file, get one from a friend.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       01 Feb 2016 #2

    Hello Berry, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you meant the tutorial below, it should have been able to rebuild your icon cache. Did you restart the computer after running the .bat to have the IconCache.db file automatically recreated?

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html
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  3.    01 Feb 2016 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Berry, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you meant the tutorial below, it should have been able to rebuild your icon cache. Did you restart the computer after running the .bat to have the IconCache.db file automatically recreated?

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html
    Brink, I did every operation shown in the above URL. I did many more from other websites, including delete the iconcache.db, and delete all icon/thumbnail files. I COULD NOT REBUILD MY ICONCACHE. DB. I had nothing. I made multiple restarts: I learned how to restart from Task Manager, I did every kind of restart known to Windows 10. Nothing worked to replace/rebuild iconcache.db. Trust me.
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  4.    20 Feb 2016 #4

    Berry said: View Post
    Brink, I did every operation shown in the above URL. I did many more from other websites, including delete the iconcache.db, and delete all icon/thumbnail files. I COULD NOT REBUILD MY ICONCACHE. DB. I had nothing. I made multiple restarts: I learned how to restart from Task Manager, I did every kind of restart known to Windows 10. Nothing worked to replace/rebuild iconcache.db. Trust me.
    Hey this happened to me as well I wonder what is causing our system to not re-create the .db
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       20 Feb 2016 #5

    Hello GrimWard, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    As a test, use "Run as administrator" on the .bat file to see if that may help.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html
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  6.    20 Feb 2016 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello GrimWard, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    As a test, use "Run as administrator" on the .bat file to see if that may help.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html
    I've tried this method and it doesn't work I have lost the ability to right click on item properties and have lost all of my icons.. also implanting the .db file like Berry mentioned didn't work for me as well =/ this is how my desktop looks now.

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  7.    20 Feb 2016 #7

    OK so I figured out previously I had download a transparent file from
    Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums
    and I also added the (29) to (shellicons) to remove damned shortcut arrow. once I restored the default option reg file and deleted my (29) entry voila they appeared!
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       20 Feb 2016 #8

    Great news GrimWard.
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  9.    21 Feb 2016 #9

    GrimWard said: View Post
    OK so I figured out previously I had download a transparent file from
    Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums
    and I also added the (29) to (shellicons) to remove damned shortcut arrow. once I restored the default option reg file and deleted my (29) entry voila they appeared!
    Glad that worked for you, Grim. FWIW, I removed shortcut arrows long ago via Ultimate Tweak, so that was not part of my iconcache problem. Clearly there is a bug in Win 10 that causes us to lose icons, and a variety of fixes have sprung up. Still don't know what my system's problem is. After I posted my fix above, I had to jump-start the icons a couple times with the "working" db file fix. Currently, icons have been stable for a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile I keep a functioning iconcache.db file in another folder on my pc in case I lose the icons again.
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  10.    01 Mar 2016 #10

    GrimWard said: View Post
    OK so I figured out previously I had download a transparent file from
    Shortcut Arrow - Change, Remove, or Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums
    and I also added the (29) to (shellicons) to remove damned shortcut arrow. once I restored the default option reg file and deleted my (29) entry voila they appeared!
    You did who da what?

    I'm relatively confused when it comes to editing my registry, but I also messed around with it to remove the damn arrows, and now (weeks later), I'm also faced with every single icon gone. I'm going to try to figure out what you did to fix the problem, but could you be a little more specific? Also, did what you did restore the arrows as well? I mean, I hate those things, but it's a helluva lot better than no icons at all. Thanks in advance!
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