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How to fix broken icon cache in Windows 10 [Tip]

The icons that your Windows system uses for your programs and documents are stored in an icon cache, so they can be quickly displayed whenever you need them instead they load slowly. In the case if you are having some issues or difficulties with icons on your system than rebuilding the icon cache is the solution to your problem.

Sometimes the icon cache on your computer may become corrupted, and it may cause the icons of files on your system to display distorted or incorrectly. When this type if issue occurs then you need to delete the icon cache to reset it and recreate it automatically.

How does the Icon Cache work in Windows System?

There are icons everywhere in your system: File Explorer, the control panel, Programs and Features, and many others. It can take a lot of your computer system resources to retrieve all icon images from your hard disk and to yield them dynamically.

As more information is added to the database, the database file grows accordingly. When your Windows system wants to display an icon, first it will check the cache in your windows, and then it will show the cached icon if it’s match is found in the cache. If it is unable to locate the one, then it will check the executable file directory of your system and scan the application directory on your system.

Where Is the Icon Cache Stored?

What you have to do is that you’ll have to delete all icon cache files which you can see in the corresponding folder to rebuild icon cache in your system. It is not as simple as you are thinking that just by clicking on them and pressing Delete button will delete them but those files are still used by your Windows system Explorer, so you are unable to remove those files usually.

How to Rebuild the Icon Cache?

Before proceeding any further, save and close anything that you are working on.

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:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer


When you “Sign in” back then any missing or outdated icons are re-created or hopefully they are repaired.

This is how you can resolve your issue in just a few simple and easy steps.