Vista Icons resetting to Default white box icon

By chatch1 ·
Some of my icons on my desktop are showing up as the "no icon" icon--like the default icon that shows up if now icon is found. Also the "personalization" menu said "page cannot be loaded" or something. i ran chkdsk at startup and it fixed the problem with personalization, but not the icon problem. both these problems started after using iobit smart defrag on fast optimize. I just ran sfc /SCANNOW and it returned:

"C:\Users\Chris Hatcher>sfc /SCANNOW

Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of th
Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example

The system file repair changes will take effect after the next reboot."

the log file is moaning about some imageres.dll that is corrupt. i'll reboot and see if it fixed it. anyone had this probelm before?


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If you're getting corrupt files and CHKDSK sees them and .....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Vista Icons resetting to ...

.... SFC can't repair them, it's only a matter of time before that drive goes. If it were me, I would get my stuff backed up in preparation of replacing it soon.

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Um... this drive is 2 days old

by chatch1 In reply to If you're getting corrupt ...

I just reinstalled vista yesterday. I bought this drive two days ago & installed yesterday.

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Just for the record....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Um... this drive is 2 day ...

NEW has nothing to do with BAD. New drives can go bad just as easily as old drives. New installs on a bad drive don't make the install any good either.

Even though you've found a 'fix' for your current problem doesn't mean you've found the 'cause' of the problem in the first place.

Ask yourself, what made the icon cache go bad (corrupt) in the first place?

Ask yourself, what made CHKDSK find a bad spot and 'recover' the files from that spot with at least one still being corrupt?

Ask yourself, what other problems do you have that are related to the bad spot which you haven't discovered yet?

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I can vouch for that

by Jacky Howe In reply to Just for the record....

as I had to replace 50 new drives in a 6 month period awhile back.

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I FOUND THE PROBLEM!!! write this down somewhere...

by chatch1 In reply to Vista Icons resetting to ...

Launch an elevated CMD window, ie Right click, Run as Administrator...
Shutdown Explorer Process from the Task Manager
In the CMD window go to C:\Users\<ProfileName>\AppData\Local
Do the following command: attrib -H IconCache.db
Do the following command: del IconCache.db
Do the following command: start explorer

i did some more research and found that on a forum.

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Mmm - Windows 7 doesn't HAVE that file ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I FOUND THE PROBLEM!!! wr ...

Here was me assuming it was the same as Vista.

Obviously not.

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It's under the username

by Jacky Howe In reply to Mmm - Windows 7 doesn't H ...


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Not in MY Windows 7 mate ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to It's under the username

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7100]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Brian>cd appdata\local

C:\Users\Brian\AppData\Local>attrib -h iconcache.db
File not found - iconcache.db


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Have you enabled the viewing of hidden

by Jacky Howe In reply to Not in MY Windows 7 mate ...

system files. IconCache.db

Size: 1.18 MB (1,245,834 bytes)

Size on disk: 1.19 MB (1,249,280 bytes)

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'View Hidden' 'Show System' 'Disable Explorer' ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Have you enabled the view ...

All done but STILL no sign of IconCache.db !!??

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