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    Exclamation Cannot create new Internet icons on my desktop any more

    I am running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 on 2 64-bit desktops and a 32-bit laptop, and in all three cases I have just recently lost the ability to create a new favorite on my desktop. The ones already there seem to work find, but if I try to change the name or something, or create a new one, then it says the target is not valid and they do not work. I am using IE9 on two of them and IE8 on one, and have the same problem on all three.

    What is going on? If the problem started at the same time on 3 machines, it almost sounds like something in a recent update caused a problem somewhere, but that is purely a guess. Any idea from the experts out there what to do about it? If I save a favorite to the usual place in IE it does so without problem, but I cannot save them to my desktop or edit one already there without rendering it useless. PLEASE HELP. :-(

    David E. Cann

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    Click on the desktop and press F5.
    or
    Righ-click on the desktop > view > and uncheck "show desktop icons" then check it again.
    or
    Reload the icon cache.
    In windows explorer make sure hidden files are shown. To do this go to:
    Tools > folder options > view > select show hidden files, folder, and drives.
    then go to C:\Users\username\AppData\Local (replace "username" to your username)
    and delete
    IconCache.db
    Then reboot.
    Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einsten

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    Quote Originally Posted by chowur View Post
    Click on the desktop and press F5.
    or
    Righ-click on the desktop > view > and uncheck "show desktop icons" then check it again.
    or
    Reload the icon cache.
    In windows explorer make sure hidden files are shown. To do this go to:
    Tools > folder options > view > select show hidden files, folder, and drives.
    then go to C:\Users\username\AppData\Local (replace "username" to your username)
    and delete
    IconCache.db
    Then reboot.
    chowur, I used the second method you suggested and it seems to have worked. I tried only a couple of my icons so far, and they worked as they should, but I will try a few more just to be sure. I thank you for the help, I use these icons a lot and would be lost without them.

    Just a curious note thought, what is it that caused this in three different machines at virtually the same time, or can you say? I initially thought some file had gotten deleted or corrupted, but when I realized it wasn't just my own desktop effected, now the logical conclusion seems to be an errant update that tripped something. If you don't know or don't want to say, then I will leave you alone and not ask again, but I am kind of curious.

    Anyway, thank you again. I do appreciate it.

    David E. Cann

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    I have a batch file on my desktop I have named Rebuild Icons. Copy the lines below to Notepad, the Save As a .bat file. When you click the file, the Icon cache will be rebuilt:

    @echo off
    cls
    echo The Explorer process must be killed to delete the Icon DB.
    echo Please SAVE ALL OPEN WORK before continuing
    pause
    taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
    echo Attempting to delete Icon DB...
    If exist %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db goto delID
    echo Previous Icon DB not found...trying to build a new one
    goto :main

    :delID
    cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    del IconCache.db /a
    pause
    echo Icon DB has been successfully deleted
    goto main

    :main
    echo Windows 7 must be restarted to rebuild the Icon DB.
    echo Restart now? (Y/N):
    set /p choice=
    If %choice% == y goto end
    echo Restart aborted...please close this window
    explorer.exe

    :end
    shutdown /r /t 0
    exit
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    I have a batch file on my desktop I have named Rebuild Icons. Copy the lines below to Notepad, the Save As a .bat file. When you click the file, the Icon cache will be rebuilt:

    @echo off
    cls
    echo The Explorer process must be killed to delete the Icon DB.
    echo Please SAVE ALL OPEN WORK before continuing
    pause
    taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
    echo Attempting to delete Icon DB...
    If exist %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db goto delID
    echo Previous Icon DB not found...trying to build a new one
    goto :main

    :delID
    cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    del IconCache.db /a
    pause
    echo Icon DB has been successfully deleted
    goto main

    :main
    echo Windows 7 must be restarted to rebuild the Icon DB.
    echo Restart now? (Y/N):
    set /p choice=
    If %choice% == y goto end
    echo Restart aborted...please close this window
    explorer.exe

    :end
    shutdown /r /t 0
    exit
    Ted,
    I'm not quite sure what you mean here, or what the purpose of it is since as I noted above my issue is now resolved by using the built in Windows desktop tools chowur mentioned. Thank you for the reply though.

    David E. Cann

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    Just a thought that icons not looking as expected or doing as expected, one click on a batch file on the desktop can fix the problem. For some this is a quicker fix.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


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