Icons in explorer / desktop not displayed properly

By bman2005
Jul 8, 2006
  1. I have a handful of icons that do not display the associated program icons. For example, jpegs are associated with ACDsee.... I have double checked.... and reassociated. Windows still shows the icons as "unassociated" (the defaut icon). However, when I double click the file, the files open under the correct application.

    The same thing is true for .isos etc etc.... there seem to be many icons that are in fact associated with various executables but the icons are not displayed as such..

    I am confused.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 315

    Wrong Icons Displayed

    Download this small utility from this site

    install and click repair at the bottom, select "rebuild icons" from the dropdown menu and click repair.

    hope this helps

    Note: "Dont change other settings if you don understand"
  3. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    You can also just go in and delete your iconcache.db file.
    It is located in your profile folder which would be something like:
    Documents and Settings/Username/Local Settings/Application Data

    You'll have to turn on showing of hidden and system files to see it. Once deleted, it will be recreated automatically, but you may have to log out and in again.
    If you have Service Pack 2, go into your display settings and change the color depth to something else, and then back again.

    This is the "manual" way to rebuild your icon cache :)
  4. bman2005

    bman2005 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Icons now working!

    Props! Thanks. I went ahead and did it manual. Worked like a charm.

    Side note - the favorites icons that were in IE are all now "e" in lieu of say the "TS" (techspot) icon as a favorite. I don't care about that though..

    Thanks again.
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