Desktop icon cache in XP?



Hula Baloo
07-10-2005, 01:24 AM
I'm in need of a way to save and restore the desktop icon setup in XP
SP2 (without having to go to System Restore). There used to be a file
called "ShellIconCache" that was perferct for this purpose, but I see
it's no longer there any more (yes I've made sure I can see hidden
files). Can someone suggest a good alternative? TIA

Wesley Vogel
07-10-2005, 01:24 AM
Delete IconCache.db

IconCache.db. A hidden file located in...

%homepath%\Local Settings\Application Data

After deleting IconCache.db, it will be automatically recreated.

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

To display Hidden files and folders...

Start | Settings | Control Panel | Folder Options | View tab
Check:
Display the contents of system folders
Show hidden files and folders
UNCheck:
Hide protected operating system files
Apply | OK

[[Hidden files and folders will appear dimmed to indicate they are not
typical items.]]


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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:%23DLet42bFHA.2964@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
Hula Baloo <eepyeep@juno.com> hunted and pecked:
> I'm in need of a way to save and restore the desktop icon setup in XP
> SP2 (without having to go to System Restore). There used to be a file
> called "ShellIconCache" that was perferct for this purpose, but I see
> it's no longer there any more (yes I've made sure I can see hidden
> files). Can someone suggest a good alternative? TIA

Hula Baloo
07-10-2005, 01:24 AM
Wesley,
Thanks for the quick response.
I found a file named "ImageCache7.db" but none named "IconCache*.*".
The file ImageCache7.db has a 0 byte length. I tried copying it, but
ended up with ANOTHER 0 length file. What now?

Wesley Vogel wrote:

> Delete IconCache.db
>
> IconCache.db. A hidden file located in...
>
> %homepath%\Local Settings\Application Data
>
> After deleting IconCache.db, it will be automatically recreated.
>
> HOW TO: Search For Hidden Or System Files In Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302347
>
> To display Hidden files and folders...
>
> Start | Settings | Control Panel | Folder Options | View tab
> Check:
> Display the contents of system folders
> Show hidden files and folders
> UNCheck:
> Hide protected operating system files
> Apply | OK
>
> [[Hidden files and folders will appear dimmed to indicate they are not
> typical items.]]
>
>

Hula Baloo
07-10-2005, 01:24 AM
Wesley,
Thanks for the quick response.
I found a file named "ImageCache7.db" (created 02/05/2005) but none
named "IconCache*.*". The file ImageCache7.db has a 0 byte length. I
tried copying it, but ended up with ANOTHER 0 length file. I DO have
the two Folder Options settings you mentioned. What now?


Wesley Vogel wrote:

> Delete IconCache.db
>
> IconCache.db. A hidden file located in...
>
> %homepath%\Local Settings\Application Data
>
> After deleting IconCache.db, it will be automatically recreated.
>
> HOW TO: Search For Hidden Or System Files In Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302347
>
> To display Hidden files and folders...
>
> Start | Settings | Control Panel | Folder Options | View tab
> Check:
> Display the contents of system folders
> Show hidden files and folders
> UNCheck:
> Hide protected operating system files
> Apply | OK
>
> [[Hidden files and folders will appear dimmed to indicate they are not
> typical items.]]
>
>

Wesley Vogel
07-10-2005, 01:24 AM
I have no idea what ImageCache7.db is.

What folder is ImageCache7.db in?

Do a Search for ImageCache7.db | Right click ImageCache7.db |
Select Open Containing Folder | Highlight the Path in the Address bar |
Select Copy | Paste into message

Sounds like something from a 3rd party program.

Reboot and then do a search for IconCache.db.

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:u7zWTH3bFHA.1456@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
Hula Baloo <eepyeep@juno.com> hunted and pecked:
> Wesley,
> Thanks for the quick response.
> I found a file named "ImageCache7.db" (created 02/05/2005) but none
> named "IconCache*.*". The file ImageCache7.db has a 0 byte length. I
> tried copying it, but ended up with ANOTHER 0 length file. I DO have
> the two Folder Options settings you mentioned. What now?
>
>
> Wesley Vogel wrote:
>
>> Delete IconCache.db
>>
>> IconCache.db. A hidden file located in...
>>
>> %homepath%\Local Settings\Application Data
>>
>> After deleting IconCache.db, it will be automatically recreated.
>>
>> HOW TO: Search For Hidden Or System Files In Windows XP
>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302347
>>
>> To display Hidden files and folders...
>>
>> Start | Settings | Control Panel | Folder Options | View tab
>> Check:
>> Display the contents of system folders
>> Show hidden files and folders
>> UNCheck:
>> Hide protected operating system files
>> Apply | OK
>>
>> [[Hidden files and folders will appear dimmed to indicate they are not
>> typical items.]]

Hula Baloo
07-10-2005, 01:24 AM
Wesley,
I've checked 3 XP Home systems (2 up and running & 1 not running).
None has a file named "IconCache*.*". The other file "ImageCache7.db"
properties says "unknown application". Now I know not to worry about
IT, but I sure would like to know where the icon cache is. :-(

Wesley Vogel wrote:

> I have no idea what ImageCache7.db is.
>
> What folder is ImageCache7.db in?
>
> Do a Search for ImageCache7.db | Right click ImageCache7.db |
> Select Open Containing Folder | Highlight the Path in the Address bar |
> Select Copy | Paste into message
>
> Sounds like something from a 3rd party program.
>
> Reboot and then do a search for IconCache.db.
>

Wesley Vogel
07-10-2005, 01:25 AM
Paste the following in Start | Run | Click OK | If you get a Caution popup,
just click on Cancel.

%homepath%\Local Settings\Application Data\IconCache.db

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:uIOm8a3bFHA.3400@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
Hula Baloo <eepyeep@juno.com> hunted and pecked:
> Wesley,
> I've checked 3 XP Home systems (2 up and running & 1 not running).
> None has a file named "IconCache*.*". The other file "ImageCache7.db"
> properties says "unknown application". Now I know not to worry about
> IT, but I sure would like to know where the icon cache is. :-(
>
> Wesley Vogel wrote:
>
>> I have no idea what ImageCache7.db is.
>>
>> What folder is ImageCache7.db in?
>>
>> Do a Search for ImageCache7.db | Right click ImageCache7.db |
>> Select Open Containing Folder | Highlight the Path in the Address bar |
>> Select Copy | Paste into message
>>
>> Sounds like something from a 3rd party program.
>>
>> Reboot and then do a search for IconCache.db.


Desktop icon cache in XP?