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

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
    EXIT
  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!



Comments

  1. Shahid N. Shah August 4th

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    This was very helpful and fixed my problem, thanks for taking the time to write it up! 🙂


  2. Jase August 7th

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    Thank you very much for this. That was quite annoying.


  3. Jeremy August 10th

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    Thank you!


  4. Young Hype August 17th

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    Your a fuckin genius!!!!!!!!!!!!


  5. oozee October 22nd

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    Thanks it worked!!!!


  6. SaNTi October 23rd

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    Worked like a charm!

    Thanks dude!


  7. m November 1st

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    simple and effective. Thanks!


  8. Steve November 3rd

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    This worked for me as well. Thanks!


  9. sarakit November 9th

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    Wow! It worked!! Thanks for solving this headache!!


  10. Nuno Silva November 11th

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    Nice! Finally I found this solution!


  11. Nuno Silva November 13th

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    Hello! I really loved this solution and found out I had to use it often after installing a new application.
    So I created a BATCH file in my desktop to do the job with only a double-click.
    In the same sharing spirit, just download it if you want.


  12. Rodrigo November 27th

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    Thanks a bunch! It worked perfectly. I can see my icon is back again. Damn you Windows 7 for playing tricks on us!


  13. Dave December 3rd

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    You rock!


  14. Dave December 3rd

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    You rock! Thanks!


  15. Heeren December 4th

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    Thanks guys for all of the comments! I’m glad this fix has helped!


  16. Lee December 15th

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    Awesome! Thanks for the help!


  17. greyskull December 17th

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    well done that man


  18. Loo December 30th

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    Awesome! Your a fuckin genius!!!!!!!!!!!!


  19. Angelo January 1st

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    I LOVE YOU!!!


  20. Rudolf January 12th

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    Could you also point out how the command prompts for CMD.EXE need to be typed in Windows XP please???


  21. Kurbits January 14th

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    I had this problem not with Firefox but with Mozilla Thunderbird.
    This solution made the icon for Thunderbird return. Thanks
    I am using Windows 7 professional x64.


  22. J Buzo III January 16th

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    Wow this worked great!
    Although i had to put parenthesis around the Change Directory command:
    “CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local”
    Command Prompt didn’t accept it the other way.
    I have Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
    Thanks!


  23. Dave January 19th

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    Pure awesome! Worked perfectly for Win 7 Pro 64.


  24. Melissa January 21st

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    Thank you so much! I’m a real newb when it comes to these things but this made it very easy =)


  25. ihuit January 22nd

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    buy a mac…


  26. Ryan January 23rd

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    Thanks! I’ve had problems with a couple other icons doing the same thing and this worked for them too!


  27. holy_ February 2nd

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    It works!
    Nice info and thanks a lot =)


  28. Psiho February 2nd

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    thx mate, your are the king, solved problem …


  29. Divya February 5th

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    thanks a lot, it worked! could you explain what was it that caused the icon to disappear?


  30. Emmalee February 16th

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    Thanks a lot that was so annoying. Thanks again 🙂


  31. spooky March 8th

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    Another thanks here 🙂


  32. Markie March 8th

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    Youre good man


  33. Kiki March 12th

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    Thank you so much for posting this, Hereen! You’re a life saver. I don’t know how I lost my Firefox & Skype icons, but your fix worked and brought them back. Thank you, much appreciated!


  34. Vin March 17th

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    Very very helpful! Thanks!


  35. Fernando April 10th

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    Thank you! I’ve been searching and finally found this! For such a small problem it sure gets annoying.


  36. Chrissy April 13th

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    wow thank you so much! worked completely! firefox over IE anyday!


  37. mcbain April 13th

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    Thanks heaps for this. It didnt work through the CMD prompt but i got it by going From “computer> local disk> users> *my username*> AppData> Local, and simply deleting the “iconcache” file. Then i used task manger to delete explorer.exe. Then i straight away reopened explorer.exe and all was good.


  38. Mountianwizard11 April 14th

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    TGIW (Thank God It Works)


  39. Joel April 14th

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    WOW! Ill join the chorus…worked perfectly!! Thanks!


  40. Alicia April 15th

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    Thanks so much for that!


  41. ben April 17th

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    merci!


  42. victoria ct April 18th

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    muy bueno jajaj. it was very good thanks (^^)


  43. Rich April 19th

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    Works like a charm – Many Thanks


  44. Frank April 21st

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    It worked great!!!

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


  45. gabe April 22nd

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    FANTASTIC! 🙂 🙂


  46. James Robertson April 25th

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    Perfect. Thanks 🙂


  47. Jason April 30th

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    God I love you!


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Heeren

I am a web developer that works in the IT field for the Government with an interest in design and technology and how it effects us on a daily basis.