How to resolve an issue where all Windows 7 desktop icons have become blank? (Easy Fix Articles)

Applies to: Windows 7 Home PremiumWindows 7 ProfessionalWindows 7 Ultimate

Scenario Description


Oh no, all the icons on the desktop have become blank! Restarting the computer doesn't change anything. How can I resolve this issue?

Simple solutions 123


Don't worry, this issue is usually due to a software or application you installed causing an conflict with the file IconCache.db. Just follow the steps below to easily resolve this issue.

First, click the "Start" button and then click "Computer".

Start




Now click "Organize" and then click "Folder and Search Options".


Folder and Search Options



Next, please click "View", uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" and "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" and check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives". When done, click "OK". (If a warning window appears, click "Yes".)

Hide extensions for known file types



Now click the "Start" button and then type %UserProfile%\Appdata\Local . Once done, press the Enter key on the keyboard.

Start



Finally, right click on "IconCache.db" and then click "Delete". Restart your computer, and the issue will be resolved.

IconCache



 

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