Missing or wrong icons



honjo
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and folders.
Please note that icons vary depending on where the files or
folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the icon is normal
but when it is placed on start up area the icon is turned out to be
wrong one.
How can I restore the original default icons?

Kaz

Thorsten Matzner
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
honjo <a@b.c> wrote:

>Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and folders.
> Please note that icons vary depending on where the files or
>folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the icon is normal
>but when it is placed on start up area the icon is turned out to be
>wrong one.
>How can I restore the original default icons?

Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB

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honjo
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
Thorsten Matzner wrote:
> honjo <a@b.c> wrote:
>
>
>>Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and folders.
>> Please note that icons vary depending on where the files or
>>folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the icon is normal
>>but when it is placed on start up area the icon is turned out to be
>>wrong one.
>>How can I restore the original default icons?
>
>
> Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
> SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB
>

I could not find ICONCACHE.DB and realized that I posted my question at
a wrong place because my OS is Windows 2000. But if you know the
solution, please post it.

Kaz

Destiny
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
I am experiencing the same problem and i was wondering if anyone can help me.
I have lost nearly all of the icons on my desktop and i have no idea how to
retrive them. If their is anyone out there who can help me please do. Thanks

"honjo" wrote:

> Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and folders.
> Please note that icons vary depending on where the files or
> folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the icon is normal
> but when it is placed on start up area the icon is turned out to be
> wrong one.
> How can I restore the original default icons?
>
> Kaz
>

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
Then it is "iconshellcache", hidden system, I forget the directory but
thinking System32. But "Find/search" will find it.

honjo wrote:

> Thorsten Matzner wrote:
>
>> honjo <a@b.c> wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and
>>> folders. Please note that icons vary depending on where the
>>> files or folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the
>>> icon is normal but when it is placed on start up area the icon is
>>> turned out to be wrong one.
>>> How can I restore the original default icons?
>>
>>
>>
>> Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
>> SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB
>>
>
> I could not find ICONCACHE.DB and realized that I posted my question at
> a wrong place because my OS is Windows 2000. But if you know the
> solution, please post it.
>
> Kaz

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
Sounds like you still have "Clean Desktop" turned on. (Display
properties, Desktop, Customize desktop) Look in the folder on the
desktop for your "missing items", drag them out and put them back. .

Destiny wrote:

> I am experiencing the same problem and i was wondering if anyone can help me.
> I have lost nearly all of the icons on my desktop and i have no idea how to
> retrive them. If their is anyone out there who can help me please do. Thanks
>
> "honjo" wrote:
>
>
>>Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and folders.
>> Please note that icons vary depending on where the files or
>>folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the icon is normal
>>but when it is placed on start up area the icon is turned out to be
>>wrong one.
>>How can I restore the original default icons?
>>
>>Kaz
>>

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
Destiny wrote:

> I am experiencing the same problem and i was wondering if anyone can help me.
> I have lost nearly all of the icons on my desktop and i have no idea how to
> retrive them. If their is anyone out there who can help me please do. Thanks
>
> "honjo" wrote:
>
>
>>Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and folders.
>> Please note that icons vary depending on where the files or
>>folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the icon is normal
>>but when it is placed on start up area the icon is turned out to be
>>wrong one.
>>How can I restore the original default icons?
>>
>>Kaz
>>

It's not a good idea to hijack someone else's thread. Create a new one
of your own and give specifics about the system and it's configuration,
the problem, when the problem started, what changes were made between
when it worked and didn't work, and what you have tried to fix it.

Without knowing more about your problem try this. Right click a blank
area of the desktop, choose Arrange Icons by. Make sure there is a
check mark on Show desktop icons.

If that doesn't do it start a new message thread giving a detailed
description of the problem and what icons are missing along with the
other information above.
--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

honjo
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
Thanks for your follow-up post.
I ran a search for iconshellcache but there was no hit. Hidden files
are set visible. Is the file name correct?

Kaz
Bob I wrote:
> Then it is "iconshellcache", hidden system, I forget the directory but
> thinking System32. But "Find/search" will find it.
>
> honjo wrote:
>
>> Thorsten Matzner wrote:
>>
>>> honjo <a@b.c> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>> Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and
>>>> folders. Please note that icons vary depending on where the
>>>> files or folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the
>>>> icon is normal but when it is placed on start up area the icon is
>>>> turned out to be wrong one.
>>>> How can I restore the original default icons?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
>>> SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB
>>>
>>
>> I could not find ICONCACHE.DB and realized that I posted my question
>> at a wrong place because my OS is Windows 2000. But if you know the
>> solution, please post it.
>>
>> Kaz
>
>

Wesley Vogel
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
ICONCACHE.DB is a Hidden file.

ICONCACHE.DB should be in both of these...

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data

%homepath%\Local Settings\Application Data

HOW TO: Search For Hidden Or System Files In Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302347

After deleting ICONCACHE.DB, it will be automatically recreated.

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

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honjo <a@b.c> hunted and pecked:
> Thorsten Matzner wrote:
>> honjo <a@b.c> wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and folders.
>>> Please note that icons vary depending on where the files or
>>> folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the icon is normal
>>> but when it is placed on start up area the icon is turned out to be
>>> wrong one.
>>> How can I restore the original default icons?
>>
>>
>> Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
>> SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB
>>
>
> I could not find ICONCACHE.DB and realized that I posted my question at
> a wrong place because my OS is Windows 2000. But if you know the
> solution, please post it.
>
> Kaz

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
AND system. You can also search for iconshell*

honjo wrote:

> Thanks for your follow-up post.
> I ran a search for iconshellcache but there was no hit. Hidden files
> are set visible. Is the file name correct?
>
> Kaz
> Bob I wrote:
>
>> Then it is "iconshellcache", hidden system, I forget the directory but
>> thinking System32. But "Find/search" will find it.
>>
>> honjo wrote:
>>
>>> Thorsten Matzner wrote:
>>>
>>>> honjo <a@b.c> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and
>>>>> folders. Please note that icons vary depending on where the
>>>>> files or folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the
>>>>> icon is normal but when it is placed on start up area the icon is
>>>>> turned out to be wrong one.
>>>>> How can I restore the original default icons?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
>>>> SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB
>>>>
>>>
>>> I could not find ICONCACHE.DB and realized that I posted my question
>>> at a wrong place because my OS is Windows 2000. But if you know the
>>> solution, please post it.
>>>
>>> Kaz
>>
>>
>>

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
More info
Icons Randomly Change to Different Icons
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;132668



honjo wrote:

> Thanks for your follow-up post.
> I ran a search for iconshellcache but there was no hit. Hidden files
> are set visible. Is the file name correct?
>
> Kaz
> Bob I wrote:
>
>> Then it is "iconshellcache", hidden system, I forget the directory but
>> thinking System32. But "Find/search" will find it.
>>
>> honjo wrote:
>>
>>> Thorsten Matzner wrote:
>>>
>>>> honjo <a@b.c> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and
>>>>> folders. Please note that icons vary depending on where the
>>>>> files or folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the
>>>>> icon is normal but when it is placed on start up area the icon is
>>>>> turned out to be wrong one.
>>>>> How can I restore the original default icons?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
>>>> SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB
>>>>
>>>
>>> I could not find ICONCACHE.DB and realized that I posted my question
>>> at a wrong place because my OS is Windows 2000. But if you know the
>>> solution, please post it.
>>>
>>> Kaz
>>
>>
>>

honjo
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
Bob,

This article is what I needed. My problem has been solved. Thank you so
very much.

Kaz
Bob I wrote:
> More info
> Icons Randomly Change to Different Icons
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;132668
>
>
>
> honjo wrote:
>
>> Thanks for your follow-up post.
>> I ran a search for iconshellcache but there was no hit. Hidden files
>> are set visible. Is the file name correct?
>>
>> Kaz
>> Bob I wrote:
>>
>>> Then it is "iconshellcache", hidden system, I forget the directory
>>> but thinking System32. But "Find/search" will find it.
>>>
>>> honjo wrote:
>>>
>>>> Thorsten Matzner wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> honjo <a@b.c> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and
>>>>>> folders. Please note that icons vary depending on where the
>>>>>> files or folders are located. For example if one is on desktop the
>>>>>> icon is normal but when it is placed on start up area the icon is
>>>>>> turned out to be wrong one.
>>>>>> How can I restore the original default icons?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
>>>>> SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I could not find ICONCACHE.DB and realized that I posted my question
>>>> at a wrong place because my OS is Windows 2000. But if you know the
>>>> solution, please post it.
>>>>
>>>> Kaz
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>

honjo
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
Wesley,

Thanks for your response. As I subsequently posted this file is not
applicable to my OS since it is not WXP. Anyway I will save your post in
case similar problem happens with WXP in the future.

Kaz

Wesley Vogel wrote:
> ICONCACHE.DB is a Hidden file.
>
> ICONCACHE.DB should be in both of these...
>
> C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data
>
> %homepath%\Local Settings\Application Data
>
> HOW TO: Search For Hidden Or System Files In Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302347
>
> After deleting ICONCACHE.DB, it will be automatically recreated.
>

Wesley Vogel
07-10-2005, 12:48 AM
Kaz,

Bob had the file name wrong. ShellIconCache no extension. He was close.
;-)

[[There is a hidden icon cache file in your windows directory,
ShellIconCache, which contains a copy of all the default desktop icons. ]]
Repair the Icon Cache in Windows 2000
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/Windows2000/AdminTips/TroubleShooting/RepairtheIconCacheinWindows2000.html

The article that Bob posted also applies to:
Windows 2000 Service Pack 1
Windows 2000 Service Pack 2
Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1
Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2

Icons Randomly Change to Different Icons
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;132668

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:u6dQzMyYFHA.1148@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
honjo <a@b.c> hunted and pecked:
> Wesley,
>
> Thanks for your response. As I subsequently posted this file is not
> applicable to my OS since it is not WXP. Anyway I will save your post in
> case similar problem happens with WXP in the future.
>
> Kaz
>
> Wesley Vogel wrote:
>> ICONCACHE.DB is a Hidden file.
>>
>> ICONCACHE.DB should be in both of these...
>>
>> C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data
>>
>> %homepath%\Local Settings\Application Data
>>
>> HOW TO: Search For Hidden Or System Files In Windows XP
>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302347
>>
>> After deleting ICONCACHE.DB, it will be automatically recreated.

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
Thankyou Wesley for the correction, been awhile since I looked in W2K
for the file and misremembered.

Wesley Vogel wrote:

> Kaz,
>
> Bob had the file name wrong. ShellIconCache no extension. He was close.
> ;-)
>
> [[There is a hidden icon cache file in your windows directory,
> ShellIconCache, which contains a copy of all the default desktop icons. ]]
> Repair the Icon Cache in Windows 2000
> http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/Windows2000/AdminTips/TroubleShooting/RepairtheIconCacheinWindows2000.html
>
> The article that Bob posted also applies to:
> Windows 2000 Service Pack 1
> Windows 2000 Service Pack 2
> Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1
> Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
>
> Icons Randomly Change to Different Icons
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;132668
>

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:52 AM
You're welcome glad it's fixed. Also I blew the file name, sorry,
"shelliconcache" is the correct wording.

honjo wrote:

> Bob,
>
> This article is what I needed. My problem has been solved. Thank you so
> very much.
>
> Kaz
> Bob I wrote:
>
>> More info
>> Icons Randomly Change to Different Icons
>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;132668
>>
>>
>>
>> honjo wrote:
>>
>>> Thanks for your follow-up post.
>>> I ran a search for iconshellcache but there was no hit. Hidden files
>>> are set visible. Is the file name correct?
>>>
>>> Kaz
>>> Bob I wrote:
>>>
>>>> Then it is "iconshellcache", hidden system, I forget the directory
>>>> but thinking System32. But "Find/search" will find it.
>>>>
>>>> honjo wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Thorsten Matzner wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> honjo <a@b.c> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Recently I began noticing missing or wrong icons for files and
>>>>>>> folders. Please note that icons vary depending on where the
>>>>>>> files or folders are located. For example if one is on desktop
>>>>>>> the icon is normal but when it is placed on start up area the
>>>>>>> icon is turned out to be wrong one.
>>>>>>> How can I restore the original default icons?
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Delete the icon cache by erasing the (hidden) file C:\DOCUMENTS AND
>>>>>> SETTINGS\{username}\LOCAL SETTINGS\APPLICATION DATA\ICONCACHE.DB
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> I could not find ICONCACHE.DB and realized that I posted my
>>>>> question at a wrong place because my OS is Windows 2000. But if you
>>>>> know the solution, please post it.
>>>>>
>>>>> Kaz
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>


Missing or wrong icons