The icon cache / temporary storage under Windows can lead to incorrect shortcut icons, here is the solution for deleting / resetting the icon cache on Windows 11, 10, ... etc.!
Please use the Disk Cleanup Manager as the fastest way / solution to delete thumbnails and icon cache in Windows! The icons are also saved in the thumbnail cache!
1.) ... Clear the icon cache using the disk cleanup!
|(Image-1) Empty or reset icon cache on Windows 11, 10, etc.!|
Automatically deleting the icon cache via a batch file is popular with users who change icons more often. To make it faster, a batch file is created that can be started again and again with a double click.
Just open the text editor and insert these lines:
taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
CD /d %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
DEL Icon*.db /a
timeout /t 2
And save it as Icon-Cache-Batch-File.bat on the desktop!
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Or simply download: ►► Icon-Cache-Batch-File.bat.zip to place on the desktop
|(Image-2) Clear icon cache via a batch file!|
To speed up the display of thumbnails, the system uses a special cache file that is located in the hidden directory of the user profile. In cases where the cache file is corrupted, it will show incorrect thumbnails of your files in Windows Explorer and also incorrect icons / symbols, making it very annoying. The system can fix this by clearing the cache of thumbnails and icons using the system tool described above.
► Command line to delete the temporary files on Windows!
► complete directories with PowerShell and CMD ..
► Delete all files except the most recent via command line, script .. !
The icon cache in Windows 11, 10, ... is a special file or database that all Windows OS uses to store icons and symbols for files and applications. This is done to make starting applications and opening files faster because Windows does not have to recreate all the icons every time. However, sometimes this icon cache can become corrupt, which can result in missing or incorrect icons.
FAQ 2: Updated on: 20 September 2023 07:57