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FIXED: Desktop Icons Not Showing Properly In Win 8, 8.1 | How To Restore Shortcut Icons On Desktop

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Are you frustrated that even though you have your shortcut icons on the Desktop, they are not appearing properly? In this video, I will share how to fix the annoying problem wherein the shortcut icons get replaced by generic file icon by Windows. Once done implementing this easy fix, you would be able to see all the icons as they were previously. This fix would work in Windows 8 and 8.1. Its highly likely that this solution may work for Win 10 as well. So Windows 10 users may also try this fix and share the outcome. For more such Tips & Tricks, visit our blog at: http://www.theextremewebdesigns.com/blog/ and subscribe to our Channel to stay updated with our new videos. STAY CONNECTED: Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/extremeweb Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Extreme-Web-Designs/284089368317010 Add to Circles on Google+: https://plus.google.com/100041417031605127977/ Subscribe to our Blog Feeds: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ExtremeWebDesigns Watch all our videos in HD by clicking on the "Change Quality" icon on the YouTube player & select the highest available quality. EWD warrants that the content in this video is provided on an "as is" basis with no express or implied warranties whatsoever. Any reference of any third party logos, brand names, trademarks, services marks, trade names, trade dress and copyrights shall not imply any affiliation to such third parties, unless expressly specified.
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Naoufal D.Gnz (8 months ago)
thanks dude works on windows 10 also
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
Thank you Khairul Azam! Glad to know it worked :)
Khairul Azam (6 months ago)
My Problem was Git Change Log icons not showing... Now it is working... :) #Win10, #Git, #TortoiseGit
extremewebdesigns (8 months ago)
That is great to hear. Thanks so much for the confirmation :)
Jxvis (1 day ago)
Thanks had this problem and u helped me fix it
shivani jha (1 day ago)
Thanks man
zulu67 (6 days ago)
yeees!! this worked for me thankyoooou!!
mrchiccolatte (8 days ago)
thanks a lot bro it worked mwah mwah
Babang Info (14 days ago)
Worrkkkkk, thanks broo
Zurc (14 days ago)
thanks bro you saved me alot of time
[oWn] Wolf Medic (17 days ago)
works for windows 10 !!!
Pillixen G (17 days ago)
👏👍
Md Saqlain (21 days ago)
Sir my app not working plz help me plz Md Saqlain Mushtaque Allahabad, India
AMRITH Bobby (22 days ago)
Thanks buddy
Krishna Patelia (22 days ago)
Thnx bro Big thank you
Zack Pro (27 days ago)
goood
extremewebdesigns (27 days ago)
Thank you 🙂
blue steel tv (29 days ago)
Thank you it works
aly janeo (1 month ago)
Whay if theres no iconcache.db but it still not showing?o.o
Shino Asada (1 month ago)
Thx a lot. it work
extremewebdesigns (1 month ago)
Glad it works 🙂
Miku Hatsune (1 month ago)
its working for my win10 too , thank you :)
extremewebdesigns (1 month ago)
Glad to hear that 🙂
DRaGON WAR (1 month ago)
not fixed
extremewebdesigns (1 month ago)
What OS & version are you using? Are you sure you have deleted the cache file from the appropriate account?
DavidVitner (1 month ago)
It helped Thank you very much!
extremewebdesigns (1 month ago)
Glad it worked for you 🙂
UVRAIZ (1 month ago)
Thank you so much
extremewebdesigns (1 month ago)
Try to apply the same solution and restart your PC. That can solve the issue in some cases. Good luck!
UVRAIZ (1 month ago)
only 2 games worked though the others are still blank
extremewebdesigns (1 month ago)
You are welcome 🙂
LukePlayz8BP (1 month ago)
Thank you so much! this video was helpful man keep up the good work!
Naveen Kumar (1 month ago)
DID not work for me
Achraf Fettah (1 month ago)
Thank u work with me
extremewebdesigns (1 month ago)
Glad to hear that 😃
Filip Kmec (2 months ago)
Thank you !!
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
You are welcome :)
gisli (2 months ago)
yay thanks. i can finally see the pubg icon
gisli (1 month ago)
+Calligraphy by Noman great. I'm glad that it worked
Calligraphy by Noman (1 month ago)
+gisli i don't what he did in the video .. I just again install the pubg..and it worked
gisli (1 month ago)
+Calligraphy by Noman i did reinstall the game before i tried this. Dont know if that helped though
gisli (1 month ago)
+Calligraphy by Noman i did the same thing he did in the video
Calligraphy by Noman (1 month ago)
mine didnt work .. what did you do ?
Rambo46r (2 months ago)
Thanks
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
You are welcome 😀
andy12b (2 months ago)
perfect , i whose have the same problem with de icon of lol , now i can see it in folders and desktop
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Glad it worked for you 😀
NtinosGaming (2 months ago)
Omg thanks bro worked for me!
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Glad it helped bro 😀
Joosh (2 months ago)
Works! But my CS:GO icon is replaced with a globe. Can any of y'all help we with that?
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Sure, bud. Try this: Right click the Icon and click the "Properties" option. Then click on the "Change icon..." button. Click on the "Browse" button. Now navigate to the path where the exe file of your software (CS:GO) is installed and then select the "exe" file of that software. If you are unable to see the exe file in the screen, simply select "All files (*.*)" option in the dropdown, next to the "File name:" textbox. Once you have selected the exe file, click the "Open" button and then confirm your selection by hitting the "OK" button or whatever button appears that lets you confirm your actions in the positive tone and keep doing it until all the popups on your screen are closed. Once done, right click on desktop & click the "Refresh" option. See if that fixed it. If not, then shutdown all instances of "Windows Explorer" as shown in the video above (https://youtu.be/LOc34W6S50U?t=2m6s) & then restart it. If it still does not work, restart your system & check. Let me know if that helped in fixing the issue. Good luck bud!
Licious Lyrics (2 months ago)
thank u so so so much
JAIBHAGWAN SONI (2 months ago)
How to do it in Windows 7??
Juventus De Turin (2 months ago)
thank you so much man kiss
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
You are welcome bro :)
Zed Onii (2 months ago)
i don't have the iconcache file :/ when i click local i get 2 folders , temp and microsoft.
Cbi Cbi (2 months ago)
did not work
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
What version of Windows are you using?
silas heuer andersen (2 months ago)
Thanks works on 10 too!
silas heuer andersen (2 months ago)
Well Now it doesnt work its because i wanted to reinstall steam so i had to go in the files so i deleted everything but not Steamapps and Steam please help
silas heuer andersen (2 months ago)
Problem*
silas heuer andersen (2 months ago)
No pronlem!
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Thank you for your confirmation. Appreciate it!
xXMSXx (2 months ago)
wtf it lagged my pc
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Try this: Simply right click on the icon that is appearing in white color, select Properties option, then click on the Change Icon.. button. Then click Browse button and then browse to the folder where the application is installed and then click on the .exe file for the application. Click Ok/Save all the changes made and that should show the correct icon. Try this out & let me know how it goes. Good luck!
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Yes, you will have to manually type it.
xXMSXx (2 months ago)
extremewebdesigns and the explorer.exe wasnt even written i had to type it
xXMSXx (2 months ago)
extremewebdesigns i did and still nothing happened
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Are you deleting the file from the profile of the currently logged in user or a different user? If you are logged in as admin, then you have to delete it from the admin profile and also restart the explorer.exe. If it does not work, try to restart your system and check again.
Archorius (3 months ago)
Thanks, gentleman.
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
You are welcome :)
Harrie de Peer (3 months ago)
Thanks
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
You are welcome :)
Justin Lyons (3 months ago)
I had 10 icons I was trying to restore but only one came back I can only remember one ever having the icon and that one came back awesome 10 out of 10
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Glad to help :)
Karthik Rk (3 months ago)
windows 8.1 psd files icon not found
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
This solution is working on Win 8.1 and Win 10 as well, for me and other users as well. Can you try to verify if you carried out all the steps correctly?
Shila Shila (3 months ago)
THANK YOU
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Glad to help :)
extremewebdesigns (3 months ago)
You are welcome :)
Dave Morgang (3 months ago)
THX BRO! L E G E N D A R Y
extremewebdesigns (3 months ago)
You are welcome bro :)
RaZoR lEaF (3 months ago)
tnx all lot dude
extremewebdesigns (3 months ago)
Glad to help bro :)
RaZoR lEaF (3 months ago)
#yourawsome
RaZoR lEaF (3 months ago)
your the best!!!
extremewebdesigns (3 months ago)
You are welcome RaZoR lEaF :)
*_*ILKER*_* (3 months ago)
Thanks a lot bro <3
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
You are welcome bro :)
DeathLurker (3 months ago)
Works on windows 10 Thanks!
extremewebdesigns (3 months ago)
Thank you for your confirmation!
sandee meena (3 months ago)
thanks bro this is really fake fake fake fake video for only windows 8
extremewebdesigns (2 months ago)
Can't understand what you are trying to say. This worked for many of us and even on Windows 10!
Ric Starter (3 months ago)
Thanks!, this helps a lot, the restart option also works
reiGN (3 months ago)
thanks dude
Sangamesh Koppad (4 months ago)
Thank U bro it worked😎
ironcarvel (4 months ago)
Did not work
Pixel Nightmare (4 months ago)
Thx, i had a problem with steam icons but i don't have anymore
jullee nollan (4 months ago)
Only my MSoffice Icons are not showing..its plain white icon that shows? Is this applicable?
IDK lol (4 months ago)
You are a genius :)
Alex Evelyn (4 months ago)
it didn't work.. :/i guess.. it didn't work because I am windows 10 :p
Mr. Liki (4 months ago)
Thanks man <3
ZEN 27 (4 months ago)
thx
Abdul Rehman (4 months ago)
Jazak Allah Thanks a lot
Brambalgames (4 months ago)
Thanks man! still works, Got the icons back for my 2 games :) (Hunt-showdown and rainbow six siege)
Yadu Krishna (4 months ago)
I did it but not working bro It not showing taskmanager and many icons
Sagor Nur (4 months ago)
tnx man it works for me on windows 10
Yudi Derp (4 months ago)
Thank you so so much! I like your voice and you are a great person! I subbed and liked
Love 80s. (4 months ago)
OMG IT WORKED My GTA Vice City was just some white file looking now it works *I use Windows 10 and it worked!!!!*
Love 80s. (4 months ago)
And thanks dude much love <3
Dako Zz (4 months ago)
you legend
Mr.Knapsack (4 months ago)
good video but you dont have to stop file explorer restarting it also works
Peace & Ease (4 months ago)
i don't have admin option
extremewebdesigns (4 months ago)
It need not be "admin" all the time. Your profile name is the one that you have used to log in to Windows. So you will find a folder with that username. For example, if your Windows sign in username is "Adam", then you will need to look for a folder by name "adam" and delete the cache file from that folder. Try this out & share how it goes. Good luck!
Vapor (4 months ago)
ITS WORKED THANK YOU!
extremewebdesigns (4 months ago)
You are welcome Vapor :)
Little Luunchen (5 months ago)
Omg thank youu :)
extremewebdesigns (5 months ago)
Glad you like it Luna Carae :)
Sky Rong (5 months ago)
Thanks alot man
extremewebdesigns (5 months ago)
You are welcome Sky Rong :)
TomasCzech (5 months ago)
Thanks :)
extremewebdesigns (5 months ago)
You are welcome TomasCzech :)
Zak10122 (5 months ago)
Thank You!!!
extremewebdesigns (5 months ago)
You are welcome Zak10122 :)
ItsLando (5 months ago)
Do i write the explore .exe at the end ..because mines just went black and system information poped up ...help please
extremewebdesigns (5 months ago)
Yes. If it doesn't work, simply restart the system and that should fix it. Good luck!
Aa arza (5 months ago)
thanks dude
extremewebdesigns (5 months ago)
You are welcome Aa arza :)
Delfox (5 months ago)
doesnt work for me :(
Delfox (5 months ago)
extremewebdesigns I already did that and it doesn't work, and I'm using windows 10. The icons started to be not showing properly after I updated from Windows 7 to windows 10
extremewebdesigns (5 months ago)
Try to delete the file and restart Windows and check. P.S: What version of Windows are you running?
MIKAZU GAMING (5 months ago)
nice thankyou mate working in windows10
Syndicate (6 months ago)
What a legend new subcriber like thank you so much brother
Syndicate (6 months ago)
And im scared too deleting anything in my pc like software hahahaha
Syndicate (6 months ago)
Ok bro keep it up can you make a video and say to subscribed my channel🎃😂😂😂 can i?
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
Bro, don't blame yourself. You are good. Its just the way things work. We just have to look for a solution when there is an issue. We all have been through the same stages as you are, so I can understand exactly how you feel. In fact, we are much alike in this aspect :) I am glad to have made the video, if it helped you. That was the sole purpose of making the videos, help the needy. So take it easy and enjoy! Cheers :)
Syndicate (6 months ago)
extremewebdesigns bro i thought i would notgonnafix that ever again and always blaming my self
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
You are welcome IveLike Salad :)
i download a game and this happened to .will this fix?
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
Try this: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-desktop/desktop-icons-not-working/522d101a-6777-4fef-b09f-f841c45b38ca Also try searching in Google for related problems and solutions. Good luck!
it does nat work pls pls tell me or share link for my problem
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
Try this: Open My Computer. Right click on the drive in which you have installed your game. Then click on "Properties" option. In the dialog that opens up, click on the "Disk Cleanup" button, just to the right side of the Donut chart that shows up. In the pop up that shows up, simply check all the checkboxes and click on "OK" button. This will show a confirmation dialog asking you to confirm delete of files. Click the "Delete files" button. Once it finishes, restart your computer and check if the icon is working or not.
it does not work men pls relpy
man this does not work too when i go to file loc. it says missing shortcut to. any ideas ?
RetroVampir 702 (6 months ago)
Nice thank you very much
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
You are welcome RetroVampir 702 :)
AC CrashPilot (6 months ago)
thanks
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
You are welcome AC CrashPilot :)
Hussein Mahdy (6 months ago)
thanks works 100%
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
Thank you for the confirmation Hussein Mahdy. Glad to help you :)
TheGamingCop # (6 months ago)
Pls help doesn't work for me
Hamizan Suhaimi (6 months ago)
tyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
extremewebdesigns (6 months ago)
You are welcome Hamizan Suhaimi :)
Baifern (7 months ago)
THANKS DUDE!!!!
speedyace looc (7 months ago)
did not work
Miran Hrupacki (7 months ago)
hello i have a desktop file/folder with my school projects and it became a shortcut with problem error it says it is moved or deleted, but i am pretty sure i didn't delete it, what can i do about it?
Manson (7 months ago)
Can u help me with a thing ? When i search steam to delete it is not there
extremewebdesigns (7 months ago)
I can try. What is steam, though?
Manson (7 months ago)
ty
extremewebdesigns (7 months ago)
You are welcome Catadusk :)
Ozzie Nunez (7 months ago)
Good looking out It worked like a charm
extremewebdesigns (7 months ago)
You are welcome Ozzie Nunez :)
Mijat Antonic (7 months ago)
How to do it on Windows 7
Tibor Fülöp (7 months ago)
worked, ty :)
extremewebdesigns (7 months ago)
You are welcome Tibor Fülöp :)
Treyton (7 months ago)
Thank you so much!
extremewebdesigns (7 months ago)
You are welcome tgb159 Gaming :)
Spirks (7 months ago)
thank you so much
extremewebdesigns (7 months ago)
You are welcome :)
subham Kumar (7 months ago)
thanks bro
extremewebdesigns (7 months ago)
You are welcome bro :)
Gigor channel (7 months ago)
Thanks!
extremewebdesigns (7 months ago)
You are welcome :)
alex erbach (8 months ago)
didnt work :(
Zamin Zahoor (8 months ago)
Didn't work for me. I have Windows 7 Ultimate installed on my Desktop. If anyone has a fix, please let me know.
had ultimate win 7 but it worked
KrayyonHD (8 months ago)
I don't have the IconCache.db file.
KrayyonHD (8 months ago)
Oh. NP.
extremewebdesigns (8 months ago)
Thank you for letting me know. So in some cases, it looks like Windows need to be restarted for it to start creating a new cache file and display the icons accordingly, because in my case, I didn't have to do it.
KrayyonHD (8 months ago)
I also tried this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLRRYvFV8Cw And it seemed to work after I restarted.
KrayyonHD (8 months ago)
Okay
extremewebdesigns (8 months ago)
Then try restarting your device. Someone earlier reported to me that they had to restart the system about 5 times before they could see the correct icons. To get started with, I suggest you try restarting your device at least once & check again.
The Dark Joker (9 months ago)
Thank you very much, this video is really helpful :)
extremewebdesigns (9 months ago)
Glad to help :)
Kuya mo Pongksss (9 months ago)
Thanks man, it worked!!! I have many incorrectly displayed icons and this worked!!!
extremewebdesigns (9 months ago)
You are welcome :)
Kuya mo Pongksss (9 months ago)
Thanks!!!
extremewebdesigns (9 months ago)
No, you should not. The file that you deleted is a corrupted version. Once you delete the file, Windows automatically creates a new file in its place. If you try to restore, you might start facing the same issues again. So you don't have to worry about it now, if you have deleted it already. Let Windows handle it for you, while you enjoy your day :)
Kuya mo Pongksss (9 months ago)
Ahmm may I ask? Can I restore the deleted file after it work?
extremewebdesigns (9 months ago)
Kuya mo Pongksss, thanks for sharing! Glad to know it works :)
chamsin chamalie (9 months ago)
Thanks a lot buddy!
extremewebdesigns (9 months ago)
You are welcome chamsin chamalie :)
Hendry Putra (9 months ago)
It works.. thanks mate
extremewebdesigns (9 months ago)
You are welcome Poorman :)

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