If you’re using Windows and find that icons for common files are displaying as blank icons, it’s because your icon cache is corrupted. Learn, in this guide, how to rebuild the icon cache in Windows Vista and 7.
To rebuild the cache, you’ll need to delete a file that is hidden by default. If you have not yet changed this default follow the steps in the next section. Otherwise skip to the “Delete and Rebuild the Icon Cache” section.
Show Hidden Files
To show hidden files:
- Open Computer, press the Alt key, click Tools > Folder options…
- Click the View tab, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and click OK.
Delete and Rebuild the Icon Cache
To delete the icon cache:
- Open computer, type %username%\AppData\Local in the address box, and press Enter:
- Delete IconCache.db.
To rebuild the icon cache, simply restart your computer. Now, you should see the correct icons again: