A Windows user may need to clear and rebuild the icon cache in two scenarios. First, one or more system icons aren’t appearing as they should. Second, Windows is showing the same file/folder icon ever after replacing it with a new one. In simple words, you will have to clear the icon cache when Windows isn’t displaying one or more icons correctly.
Windows saves all icons to a file named IconCache to avoid loading icons from dll files every time. The IconCache.db file is located in the drive which contains Windows installation files (C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Local). This is a hidden system file which can only be viewed by changing appropriate settings in Folder Options.
Clearing is the icon cache is relatively simple if you know how to view hidden system files. One can quickly open Folder Options, switch to View tab, and then uncheck Hide protected operating files option to view all protected operating system files, including the IconCache.db file located in AppData\Local directory.
Users who don’t want to manually delete the IconCache.db file (see how to manually rebuild icon cache) and would rather prefer a software to safely delete the icon cache file can use a free tool named Icon Cache Rebuilder.
Icon Cache Rebuilder is a standalone tool that enables you delete the cache file in a jiffy. The procedure is simple. Run Icon Cache Rebuilder, click Rebuild button, wait for explorer to refresh itself and finally hit Restart button the reboot your machine. Once the machine reboots it will build a new Icon Cache.
Download, run the tool, and click Rebuild button to delete the icon cache. Click the Restart button to automatically rebuild the icon cache. Icon Cache Rebuilder is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. Icon Cache Rebuilder is similar to the Cache Rebuilder tool that we reviewed a few days back.
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