Firefox Icon went missing in Windows 7? Here’s a Fix

After installing the latest and greatest Mozilla Firefox 3.5 in Windows 7 (RC 64-bit) I noticed that after a while the icon went missing. Now Firefox was still working correctly, and when I checked the icon properties the icon was still present. But for some strange reason it wouldn’t show up in on my Desktop, my Start Menu, or my Taskbar, I would just see a broken icon.

The resolution? Rebuilding the Windows 7 Icon Cache.

Follow these directions:

  1. Close all folder windows that are currently open.
  2. Launch Task Manager using the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key sequence, or by running taskmgr.exe
  3. In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process
  4. Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
  5. From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
  6. Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
  7. In the Command Prompt window, type the commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    DEL IconCache.db /a
  8. In Task Manager, click File, select New Task (Run…)
  9. Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.

Your icons should be as good as new!


  1. RIOU July 18th

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  2. Dave July 29th

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    Great stuff, thanks

  3. Yanko August 18th

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    Thanks, great article – helped me at once!

  4. tim September 4th

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    thanks that sorted my problem

  5. Ronald October 5th

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    Funcionó muy bien, muchas gracias.


  6. Will November 13th

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    Nice one!

  7. Albin December 5th

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    Perfect!! Thanks!

  8. hoangpham December 16th

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    Thanks a lot.

  9. Carol Woytila December 17th

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    Thank you !

  10. Soleil Golden January 4th

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    Thank you! 🙂

  11. Estimacs January 24th

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    Very simple. Worked like a charm!!! Thank you.

  12. JP February 12th

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    Still a very good tip 🙂

  13. CB February 24th

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    SCORE!! The perfect fix… THANKS!!

  14. Jonathan Goldford April 15th

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    Awesome fix and detailed instructions. Thanks a ton!

  15. Carrie April 28th

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    First fix I found and tried – you rock. Thanks!

  16. Rajeev July 13th

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    good one

  17. Derek S July 13th

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  18. Love September 3rd

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  19. tomatopotato September 4th

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    Thanks man.

  20. Speranskiy October 1st

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    Thank you!

  21. Pierre January 2nd

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    Just perfect
    Icons troubles fixed after few weeks of patience …

  22. Robert M February 13th

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    Amazing fix. Who would of thought of that? It works great!

  23. NW March 6th

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    Fantastic!! Thanks for solving with nice clear instructions.

  24. zuber February 19th

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    It’s gooooooooood.

  25. John March 14th

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    This is very helpful! 100% Thanks!!! :3 🙂

  26. Computer May 9th

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    THX!!! Worked great!

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