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TWC in conjunction with Lee Whittington have released IconCache Rebuilder for those of you experiencing weird problems with your icons in Windows 7.

[UDATE – See Rich’s How-To guide to fix your corrupt icon cache manually]

Sometimes you may find an icon that just won’t display correctly no matter what you do.

For example, you see here, my Normal Select.cur is completely wrong.


After running IconCache Rebuilder, the icon now displays correctly.

All you have to do is download IconCache, extract and run it.  Make sure that Icon cache located is reported and click Rebuild.


Windows Explorer will be restarted so make sure no copying/moving is occurring and any open programs are saved just in case.

When IconCache Rebuilder has done its job, you’ll be notified Windows needs to be restarted to apply the changes.  Click OK.


If you don’t want to restart your PC immediately, just right-click the icon on the taskbar and click Close window.


Otherwise Click Restart PC


If you run the program and it reports the Icon Cache could not be located.  You may need to reboot your PC and try running it again.


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  • SteveW

    Does this work on Vista? I've had a similar problem for some time with the Start Search icons in the Start menu. I posted about it with screenshots at The How-To Geek

  • RSVR85

    Although untested, i see no reason why not. All the tool does is verify IconCache.db is in the correct location, deletes it, and then forces a system reboot.
    You could of course do it manually.

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