Recently, I booted up Windows Vista machine and many of the icons were completely different than when I had shut the machine down. Many if not all of the icons in the Windows shell & explorer were displaying completely incorrectly. Icons for images where not the same, shortcut icons had changed, and many icons were just missing altogether.
When a correct icon was displaying, there’d be an incorrect icon displaying right next to it. Thankfully after a bit of searching, I found the following solution. Here’s how to go about rebuilding your Windows Vista Icon Cache:
- Kill Explorer (use theTask Manager to do this)
- Open the command prompt and go to:
- Unhide the IconCache.db file with the following command:
attrib -h IconCache.db
- Delete the IconCache.db file:
- Start Explorer (or restart your computer)