Windows 10 Icon Cache – Clear Icons Cache

Fix Windows 10 Missing and Blank Icons - Windows 10 Icon Cache

How to Rebuild the Windows 10 Icon Cache

If you are finding one or more icons not displaying correctly, it is more likely that you have a corrupted Windows 10 Icon Cache. Windows saves all icons in a file called IconCache.db located in the profile folder so that it can quickly display icons without having to search the entire Windows 10 system for them.  If Windows 10 shows a blank or white icon instead of the actual icon itself then you will more than likely have to rebuild the Windows 10 Icon cache.

Steps to Rebuild the Windows 10 Icon Cache

Option #1
This is an easy way to clear the icon cache instead of using any third-party utility and not having to touch the command line.  If this option doesn’t work for you, try option #2 with the command line to rebuild the Windows 10 Icon Cache.

Step 1: Open File Explorer. Click the View tab and then put a checkmark next to Hidden items to make File Explorer show hidden files and folders.

Step 2: Navigate to the following folder:

C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local

replace the UserName with your account username on the PC and if Windows is installed on a different drive then C, change that letter to the correct drive Windows is installed on.

Step 3: Under the Local directory, locate the file named IconCache (IconCache.db), right-click on the file and then click Delete.

Click Yes if you see the confirmation box.

Step 4: We need to remove the old IconCache.db completely off the computer.  Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and then click Empty Recycle Bin to clear IconCache.db and other files.

Step 5: Close all of your running applications and reboot your computer to create the new IconCache.

If this worked, do not do the following steps, or if you would rather use the command prompt option, skip the above steps and continue to option #2

Rebuild the icon cache via Command Prompt

Option #2

Step 1: Open Task Manager either by right-clicking on the taskbar and then click Task Manager or using Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut.

Step 2: If you don’t see details, make sure to click More details. If you see the full version (and the button says fewer details in the bottom left corner), skip to the next step.

Step 3: Under Processes tab, right-click on Windows Explorer entry and then click End task to kill the Windows Explorer. Once you kill Windows Explorer, the taskbar and Start menu will be invisible.

 

Rebuild IconCache

Step 4: Click File menu of Task Manager, click Run new task, enter CMD.exeand then click OK button to open Command Prompt.

Step 5:In the Command Prompt, type the following commands one after another and press Enter key after typing each command to execute it.

CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local

Del IconCache.db /a

Exit

Step 6: Click File menu of the Task Manager again, click Run new task, enter Explorer.exe and then click OK button to restart the File Explorer.

 

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