How to Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10/8 and 7?

This tutorial will show you how to rebuild Icon Cache for your account in Windows 10. Windows 10 saves the icons for the files in icon cache and uses this icon cache to display them. This way the icons can be displayed quickly as Windows does not have to scan for each icon file and load them every time the file icon has to be displayed. Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10.

If your icons appear blank or corrupted or you are unable to refresh them correctly, then it is quite possible your icon cache data may have become corrupted in on your Windows 10 PC. The exact same thing applies to Thumbnails too. Sometimes due to overuse of cache data, it happens. Sometimes Thumbnails don’t display correctly then they may have become corrupted.

So to fix this issues, you have to clear the cache and rebuild the Icon Cache as well as Thumbnails cache. Here in this article, we will share how to delete cache files so that you can delete them correctly, to be able to rebuild the icon cache and clear the Thumbnail cache in Windows 10.

In Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, this IconCache.db file is located at:


How to Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10?

The Icon Cache or IconCache.db is a special database file that Windows uses to keep copies of every icon handy. When Windows needs to create a new icon, it uses the copy from the cache instead of retrieving the icon image in the original application file.

There may be times when you have a problem with icons not displaying correctly. This usually happens when you have updated application, and instead of showing the updated icon which came with the upgrade, Windows show you the old icon or a blank or damaged icon appears.

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You can also use Command Prompt method to Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10.

  • First of all, open Task Manager > find process Windows Explorer, right-click on it and select End process.
    Now open RUN and type cmd.exe with admin rights.
  • Now type the following commands one after the other and hit Enter:

cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer attrib –h iconcache_*.db del iconcache_*.db start explorer

  • This will rebuild your icon cache in Windows 10.

You can also try deleting the IconCache.db file using File Explorer:

  • Open a File Explorer.
  • To show hidden files, click on the View tab and then click on Hidden Items.
  • Go to C:\Users\(Your User Name)\AppData\Local and delete IconCache.db file.
  • Empty Recycle Bin and restart your computer.

Note: These steps will not work if the icon file for the application has been deleted or moved. Hope you liked this article on How to Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10/8 and 7. Comment below if you need any help & Share this article.

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