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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       02 Oct 2017 #110

    Hogtowner said: View Post
    Yet again, my bacon saved by Brink! Thanks guy.
    I'm glad it could help Don. :)
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  2.    02 Dec 2017 #111

    This would appear to be my last resort. To recap from my original thread, I turned my computer on this morning and all my desktop, task bar(clickable and working), 'This PC', Drive and File icons were all gone, only the descriptive text was remaining and clickable.

    I quote from my thread:
    There is other weirdness in that I can right click on the icons but 'properties', for instance, will not work and when I go in 'This PC' weird black bits appear in the menu on the left. Also, when I save to my E: drive, I can actually see my file icons displayed in the 'Save as' box but not when I actually navigate to the drive, only the description below where the icons should be.

    The last thing I did before turning the PC off last night was run Super AntiSpyware and Spyware Terminator and then play a bit of Battlefield 1.

    The only thing I've done to try and rectify this is do a restore to two days ago but it has had no effect.

    I've tried the 'How To' article, I've tried Winaero and I've tried the Option 1 and 2 at the start of this thread but to no avail.

    Any ideas?

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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       02 Dec 2017 #112

    Hello Tom, :)

    You could try doing a repair install to fix it without losing anything.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  4.    03 Dec 2017 #113

    Yes, I have done that and it has been a complete success!

    Thanks to yourself and again to those who helped me out on my original thread for this problem.

    Much appreciated,
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       03 Dec 2017 #114

    You're most welcome Tom. :)
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  6. Callender's Avatar
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       11 Jun 2018 #115

    ddelo said: View Post
    Hi Shawn :)
    I have been using your bat file, from the seveforums days, to Rebuild the Icon Cache.
    In Windows 10, MS seems to have added all those iconcache_*.db that also need to be deleted.... That's where the problem starts with the script.
    Running the bat from your first post, as admin of course, the following files get an "Access is denied" message and are not deleted.

    • iconcache_16.db
    • iconcache_256.db
    • iconcache_48.db
    • iconcache_idx.db

    If I restart the PC (by pressing y) and immediately after boot run the script again, this second time around seems to be working. i.e. no "Access is denied" to any file. It gets a little annoying to have to run the script twice (which means 2 reboots) to get the job done.

    Any ideas?

    I have the same issue:

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    I've been force deleting the stubborn files on boot but I just figured out what the problem is for me.

    Find handles:

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    Files are locked by a start menu replacement. Exiting the program allows the script to run without issues.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       11 Jun 2018 #116

    It's normal for those .db files to get a "access denied" message. Nothing to worry about.
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  8.    27 Aug 2018 #117

    This solution worked for an issue I was having with Forza icons from the Windows Store both on Start and in the app list.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       27 Aug 2018 #118

    I'm glad it was able to help Andy.
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  10.    11 Oct 2018 #119

    Hi Shawn @Brink

    I think there is a small glitch in the bat file of the tutorial.

    After checking for the existence of the Iconcache.db file, if it doesn't exist it goes to restart, without deleting the %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache* files.
    If I’m not mistaken (in which case I apologize), Windows 10 use the %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache* files for icon cache, whereas the Iconache.db has been left for “compatibility reasons” and Windows 10 can function without it…

    So I took the liberty to propose some small changes in the bat file of the tutorial.

    :: Created by: Shawn Brink
    :: Created on: April 27th 2015
    :: Tutorial: /tutorials/5645-icon-cache-rebuild-windows-10-a.html
    @echo off
    set iconcache=%localappdata%\IconCache.db
    set iconcache_x=%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*
    echo The explorer process must be temporarily killed before deleting the IconCache.db file. 
    echo Please SAVE ALL OPEN WORK before continuing.
    If exist "%iconcache%" goto delete
    echo The %localappdata%\IconCache.db file has already been deleted.
    If exist "%iconcache_x%" goto delete
    echo The %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\IconCache_*.db files have already been deleted.
    exit /B
    echo Attempting to delete IconCache.db files...
    ie4uinit.exe -show
    taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F 
    If exist del /A /F /Q "%iconcache%"
    If exist del /A /F /Q "%iconcache_x%"
    start explorer.exe
    echo IconCache database files have been successfully deleted.
    goto restart
    echo You will need to restart the PC to finish rebuilding your icon cache.
    CHOICE /C:YN /M "Do you want to restart the PC now?"
    IF ERRORLEVEL 2 goto no
    IF ERRORLEVEL 1 goto yes
    shutdown /r /f /t 00
    exit /B

    If you can find the time to take a look, please update the tutorial, in case you deem it necessary.

    And a final thing… (again subject to your approval)
    The command ie4uinit.exe –show, is used to refresh the icon cache. While not hurting anything to be there, it seems redundant since we are deleting all the cache files.

    Cheers. Dimitri
    Last edited by ddelo; 11 Oct 2018 at 18:41. Reason: Update delete commands
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