If icons in your Windows 10 File Explorer look strange or broken, your icon cache might have become corrupt. This issue is very common for all Windows versions. In this article we will see how to fix broken icons and reset the icon cache without reboot in Windows 10.
Here is some more info why icons become broken.
To show icons faster, Windows caches them into a file. This special file contains icons for many apps and file types, so File Explorer doesn't need to extract the icons for known file extensions and apps. This allows File Explorer to work faster, but it has an annoying side effect. If the cache ever gets corrupted or if Explorer does not refresh the icon cache regular enough, Windows displays wrong icons. Some files in File Explorer and the Desktop can stop showing the right icons or get a blank "unknown file type" icon. Some shortcuts can display the incorrect icons. To fix this, you need to reset the icon cache.
In our previous article, we covered how to reset icon cache using a third party tool or with a restart of Explorer. Here is a better way to save your time and reset the icon cache instantly.
To fix it, do the following:
- Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog.
- Type the following in the Run box:
- This will fix the broken icon cache and fix icons instantly:
Use Winaero Tweaker
You can an option of Winaero Tweaker which is especially designed to refresh the shell icon cache.
- Download Winaero Tweaker.
- Run it and go to Tools\Reset Icon Cache:
- Now every time you want to refresh the icon cache, click the button "Reset Icon Cache".
The following video shows this trick in action:
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