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How do I refresh the Desktop / Start Menu in Windows 7 by script or executable?

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I need to force a reload of a Windows 7 Desktop and Start Menu through the use of a script or executable.  In Windows XP I did it with 3 lines of code in a vbscript


Dim objWshShell
Set objWshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objWshShell.Run "%windir%\System32\RUNDLL32.EXE user32.dll, UpdatePerUserSystemParameters", 0, True


This doesn't work in Windows 7.  Does anyone have a solution?

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Question by:CousinDupree
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Bill Prew earned 500 total points
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I think the only way to do this in Win7 is to stop and restart windows explorer. I've used a CMD script like the following for this:

@echo off
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
del %LOCALAPPDATA%\IconCache.db /a
start explorer

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~bp
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on the same lines as billprew, but you will have to restart the machine i think after the icon cache has been restarted...


@echo off
taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
shutdown /r

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