If you are seeing mixed up or misplaced icons in your Windows Explorer – for example, Notepad icon for picture files, Internet Explorer icon for text files etc. – then it may be a case of corrupt icons cache. Sometimes Windows’ icons cache gets corrupted and you see mixed up icons in Windows Explorer for different kind of files. The icon cache can be rebuilt using the following process.
- Start an elevated command prompt. You can read : how to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7.
- In the elevated command prompt, type the following commands and press Enter after each command :
cd /d %userprofile%AppDataLocal
attrib -h iconcache.db
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
This would close the Windows Explorer, delete the icon cache file and again restart the Windows explorer. When Windows Explorer restarts, icon cache would be rebuilt.
You can also download a ready made command script file. This script does what you do manually in the previous method. This script would close the Windows Explorer, delete the icon cache and again restart the Windows explorer. If you are not comfortable with typing all those commands you can download the ready made script from icon_cache_rebuild.zip. Extract the file on your desktop, right-click on the downloaded script file rebuild_icon_cache.cmd and select Run as administrator.