All Icons Missing on Desktop and Start Menu after using TWeak UI...corrupted

Posted on 2003-03-22
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Last Modified: 2013-12-11
All my icons were lost, though text still stays, after using TweakUI from Microsoft. I tried reloading windows ME over itself, this did nothing..didn't help, didn't hurt.

I tried safe start up but no icons
and reboot normal, still no icons.

tried refreshing desktop, active desktop, still no icons.

My windows restore points werent' working from system restore (separate issue..deal with that later)

I looked for file shelliconcache but could not find it, tried through Dos with system startup disk, to find it, turn on attributes but could not. I was looking for this file because so many Win98 problems showed up on google but yet to find the WinME solution.

Does anyone know specifically how to fix this on Windows ME?

I only have very minimal use of the computer so best bet is to try fix through Dos.


Question by:tanuki
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Expert Comment

ID: 8185724
Shelliconcache is a hidden system file.  Go to Windows Explorer, File Options and uncheck "hide system files"

Then search and you should find it in the Windows subdirectory.  

Author Comment

ID: 8185765
This solution to use Windows Explorer won't work at current. The system's become increasingly unstable since all icons except clock and sound (lower right toolbar icons--3 loyal ones out of hundreds remain).

The start, search, to get to explorer, this becomes unstable after trying to hit the search button. BAsically this shell won't come up with anything I type in. I can type w* for c drive and no files come up...

so...i need a way via dos to unhide the files. I need commands for WINME. I believe it's different than the win98 solution.

I tried c:\windows>attrib -h -s c:\windows\ShellIconCache
and it didn't work....

anyone know specific Dos commands to unhide the file, to find it, and to delete it all via dos?

I'm still stuck not being able to fix icons and having unstable system.

T..(more ideas please?)

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ID: 8185850
So you saying if you goto C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP\ the folder is empty and you are unable to add new shortcuts(Icons)
in that location?
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ID: 8186170
are you using a bootdisk and pure dos?.. this might be a problem with bad registry settings..
try scanreg /restore
note that this will restore an older copy of the registry

i suspect you probably know this tho.. you sound quite saavy with dos/windows as not many ppl know how to use attrib :D
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ID: 8186171
err i mention pure dos because you must use scanreg under pure dos not a dos prompt
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Expert Comment

ID: 8186217
actually i take back that last comment.. im thinking of 98.. in ME you dont need to go into dos mode..
just remember to reboot after scanreg
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Expert Comment

ID: 8186901
Greetings, tanuki!
   In TweakUI, there is a Repair tab. Click on it and do a repair of icons.

Best wishes, war1

Author Comment

ID: 8187110
Thanks everyone..........problem was all icons gone. No one said where to find this iconshellcache thing......i didn't have one in the c:windows folder.......

is there one in the desktop.
Here's the fix anyhow I fixed it myself!

I looked on desktop properties, told it to resize the icons, made it 32 to 38, all missing icons miraculously were reconstituted and then i sized them down rebooted and after 7 hours of grief..voila that simple.

I think one should read my string more, someonen recommended TWEAKUI, this is actually what corrupted the icons. Other groups advise strongly against using Microsoft Tweak UI, it didn't work to fix it anyhow.....it created the problem and wouldn't fix it

Thanks everyone for support.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8187184
i was gonna suggest that ;) its a common solution to icon problems..
but i was originally thinking more in terms of having the desktop completely missing..
anyways for some reason windows seems to read the icon size wrong and does not draw them right..
you should not need to worry about shelliconcache which is located in the c:\windows directory (usually)

in any case congrats on solving the problem.. if you would like you may post in community support
that you solved your own problem and they will close the thread and refund ur points

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ID: 8187447
I tried c:\windows>attrib -h -s c:\windows\ShellIconCache
and it didn't work....

what error did you got if any ?........if you typed this into dos and got no error then it did work cause if it's a 'bad command' believe me dos will tell you......

possibly better to use the following syntax:

c:\windows>attrib -h -s shelliconcache
c:\windows>attrib -h -s shelli~1

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ID: 8187946
yah actually since its a dos command.. it will not be able to properly recognize long file names..
so it should be
attrib -h -s "c:\windows\shelliconcache"
attrib -h -s c:\windows\shelli~1
which drcspy already mentioned.. of course this really wont do much now that hes already solved the problem
just informational purposes ;)

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