What is the icon cache and why should I reset it?
If you have one of your icons that are not displaying as they should or are corrupt this might happen because your Icon Cache isn’t working correctly. Windows uses a Database file where it keeps all of the icons as a copy so instead of reading them out from their original place it has one place to get all of the icons, this makes windows show the icons faster.
how to reset your icon cache in windows
I’ve seen more tutorials where people explain you how to reset your icon cache, but most of the time they’re using Command Prompt and too be honest that isn’t too smart if you don’t know what you’re doing.
They say you cannot delete or reset the icon cache in windows unless you use the Command Prompt or some software specially made for resetting the icon cache.
Do not delete the files. Always re-name them and see if it worked before deleting an item.
Turn on ‘show hidden folders’ in the Explorer.
Click on view > Options > change folder and search options > view > scroll to ‘hidden files and folders’
Copy the link below and search for the file iconcache.db.
Right click the file and re-name for example to IconCache_OLD.db.
Restart your windows device and see if it has solved the caching problem. If not please continue.
If this didn’t reset your icon cache there is another place windows keeps the icon caches.
Copy the link below and search for the files that start with ‘iconcache’ or ‘thumbcache’.
Re-name them all or move them to a different directory. Please do not delete them.
Re-start your windows device and see if your icons are back to normal. If they aren’t please leave a comment.