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How to rebuild icon cache?

  1. #1


    Posts : 84
    Windows

    How to rebuild icon cache?


    How to rebuild icon and thumbnail cache? Older methods/bat files do not work any more.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hell Anixx,

    The methods below to rebuild the icon cache and thumbnail cache still work in Windows.

    Icon Cache - Rebuild - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Thumbnail Cache - Clear and Reset - Windows 7 Help Forums

    If they do not work for you, then you may have a different issue. Please provide more details along with some screenshots to see what the issue could be.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 84
    Windows


    The option 1 did not work for me.

    What worked:

    del C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\*cache*.*

    after killing explorer.

    Notice that it also kills thumbnailcache files.
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    That's basically what the .bat files do in those tutorials except separately for icon vs thumbnail cache.

    What did it not do for you?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 84
    Windows


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's basically what the .bat files do in those tutorials except separately for icon vs thumbnail cache.

    What did it not do for you?
    Probably, several reasons.

    1. I used some old bat file. It apparently was from the same source but did not do anything in AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer. Only deleted %localappdata%\IconCache.db. Previously this file worked!

    2. I did not know it is different things, deleting icon cache and thumbnail cache. I thought deleting icon cache should delete thumbnails as well.

    3. Even when I deleted what needed, the thumbs still were old after relogin. Somehow they refreshed only later.
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Ah, ok. I'm glad you got it sorted though.
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