If you have noticed on Windows 10 PC that some of the icons are not displaying properly as they should, it is because of the corrupt icon cache. Rebuilding the icon cache should fix the issue on Windows 10 PC. Microsoft’s Windows 10 saves all the icons in a file called IconCache.db, which is located under the profile folder. Profile folder remains quickly available to quickly display icons without having to search for them every time you start your Windows PC.
If your Windows 10 shows a white color instead of the actual icon or notices the same icons even after changing icons using a third-party tool, you can fix the issue by rebuilding the icon cache.
NOTE: None of these guides help you fix issues with thumbnails. If you are having problems with thumbnails, you need to clear or reset the thumbnail cache.
In this article, we will show the steps to rebuild the icon cache on Windows 10 PC.
There are at least two methods through which you can rebuild the icon cache on Windows 10; these are the following:
- Manually rebuild the icon cache in Windows 10
- Rebuild the icon cache via Command Prompt
Manually rebuild the icon cache in Windows 10
This is the easiest way to clear the icon cache manually without any third-party utilities. As stated above, IconCache.db file is responsible for rebuilding the cache on Windows 10 PC. If we manually delete the icon cache file and restart the PC, Windows 10 will automatically create the new icon cache file. Here are the steps for the same:-
Step 1. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer) by pressing
Step 2. Click the
Step 3. Check
Step 4. Navigate to the following path:-
Note: Replace UserName with your account user name on the PC. Here, “C” is the drive letter where Windows 10 is installed. If you have installed Windows 10 on another drive, change the “C” accordingly.
Step 5. Under the Local folder, locate the file IconCache (IconCache.db) and delete it by right-clicking and selecting
Step 6. Once you have deleted the IconCache file from the Local directory, empty the Recycle Bin.
Rebuild the icon cache via Command Prompt
The above-mentioned is the best way to rebuild the icon cache on Windows 10; however, if you’re unable to delete the icon cache by the above-mentioned method, you can use the Command Prompt to rebuild the icon cache. To do the same, do the following:-
Step 1. Launch the Task Manager either by right-clicking on the taskbar and then selecting Task Manager or by pressing
Step 3. Under the Processes tab, select and right-click the Windows Explorer entry and click
Step 4. From the Task Manager, click on the
Step 5. On the newly opened “Create new task” window, type
Step 6. On the Command Prompt, type the following commands one by one and press the
CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
Del IconCache.db /a
The above command will delete the IconCache.db file, which is responsible for Icon Cache.
Step 7. Again, click on the
That’s all! Now you have successfully completed the steps, and now your Windows 10 should rebuild a fresh Icon Cache.