My Laptop Icons Won't Open

by James Stone

When Windows icons fail to launch a program, your icon cache may have experienced a file corruption. In Windows, the icon cache remains hidden under the Windows directory folder "ShellIconCache." This directory contains all the default desktop icons and program-related icons. After experiencing difficulty; icons may black out, display incorrect icons or fail to launch the program. To reset your cache, delete the icon cache and restart your system.

1

Click the "Start" button and then type "Command Prompt" in the search box. Double-click the "Command Prompt" application shortcut. The Command Prompt window displays on the screen.

2

Type "C:\%SystemRoot%" to change the directory to this folder.

3

Type "attrib -h shelliconcache" and press the "Enter" key.

4

Type "del shelliconcache " and press the "Enter" key to delete the file.

5

Restart Windows and log on, and the icons should be restored.

About the Author

James Stone began writing professionally in 2007 as a technical writer. He specializes in technology articles for various online publications. Stone holds a Bachelor of Science in computing science from Simon Fraser University.

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