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Rebuild The Icon Cache

Before doing anything close and save all the programs that you are working on. Now follow these steps to rebuild the icon cache.

Go to the Taskbar and make a right click on it.

You will get a context menu, choose Task Manager.

You will get a list of processes running on your system. Navigate to Windows Explorer (in Windows 10) & explorer.exe (Others) and right click on it and choose End Task.

Locate File at the top of Task Manager window. Click and select Run New Task.

Now you will get a small window, create a new task, type cmd.exe and click OK.

Type the below mentioned commands to delete the IconsCache.db file.

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cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local

del IconCache.db /a

Exit

Once you are done with it, the icon cache is deleted and you can start Windows Explorer process. To do that, go to File in Task Manager window and click on Run New Task.

In Create a new task window, type explorer.exe and click OK.

In order to clear the IconCache.db file, you need to close explorer process

Alternative Method:

You can clear cache on your system, by using this alternate method as well:

Press Windows and X to open Windows Tool Menu.

Now click Run to open Run Window.

Enter the following command to instantly clear cache if you have Windows 10:

ie4uinit.exe -show

and press Enter.

If you have any other version of Windows installed, use this command instead:

ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache

And press Enter.

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