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Loosing Programs Icons on W10 Reward $1
Created by DenisLesage, 13 days ago, 396 views

Since 3 days, softwares icons on w10 desktop disappeared. Once more this morning, Wise Uninstaller Icon has been replaced by a blank one. Softwares are still in computer but not easy to retrieve. Why (and how to repair)?

The problem seems to be limited to icons of softwares not part of w10.
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ha1413 days ago


what you did exactly?
if you have a windows restore point use it ti revert back just before the accident.

Sfc /scannow

How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 10

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CoolCat13 days ago

Hi @DenisLesage

1. Scan PC for viruses.

2. Look for recently installed programs, especially downloaded from the Internet.

3. Auto arrange icons:

- Right click on a blank area on your Desktop
- Hover on View
- In the right pane, look for Auto arrange icons. If it’s checked, make sure to uncheck it.
- Hover on View, again
- This time, check Align icons to grid.

4. Check Windows Task Sheduler, perhaps it has deleted unused shortcuts.

5. Clear Icon cache:

- Close all folder windows that are currently open.
- Launch Task Manager using the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key sequence, or by running taskmgr.exe.
- In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process.
- Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
- From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
- Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
- In the Command Prompt window, type the commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:

CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a

- This should clear the icon cache in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10.

- Additionally, in Windows 8 and Windows 10, icon cache database is also stored in %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer. To clear them, you must close all running applications, and run these commands in the Command Prompt. If you receive Access is Denied error when running the deleting the IconCache*.db files, then one or more of the open programs is using the icon cache database. Close all programs and try again, or try clearing them from Safe mode.

CD %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
DEL IconCache*.db /a

- In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
- Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.

6. Reassociate file types with this program -

- After installing select ink checkbox and click Fix.

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Tsuby1 day ago

Are the programs on a server or an external storage and you are using them locally? If so, if for some reason the local pc did not connect to the server properly, it might delete the "left-over" icons on the desktop.
It happened to me more than once.
It has to do with the "System Maintenance troubleshooter".
It also apply to win10 afaik (at least in my case :-) )

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