Windows 7: Clear Icon Cache

Sometimes, you might want to clear the icon cache in Windows 7. You could probably just restart, but if you want to do it like pros, then here’s a quick tutorial how to clear the icon cache without restarting.

Windows 7: Clear Icon Cache

Trivia: The icon cache is a database file that is usually very small, about 5MB.

Icon Cache DB Location

Windows has a file where it stores your icon cache. The file name is “IconCache.db” and can be found at the following location:

  • C:\Users\[insertyourusername]\AppData\Local

So, basically just open the folder above, make a copy of the file IconCache.db and delete the original one. Now restart your PC or end the process explorer.exe and restart it again.

Open up the task manager via CTRL + ALT + DEL and go to the tab processes:

Replace Explorer.exe



Restart Explorer (Run…)

Your taskbar will disappear. Now simply, click on “New Task” and enter explorer.exe to start the explorer again:

New Task


Published: Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 Last Modified: March 6, 2014

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