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tictuck
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My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

I was reviewing emails and was reading one....I have no idea what I did, but all the desktop icons for my various programs were all changed to one icon....which is an icon for Microsoft Office 2010.  I have tried to figure out what I need to do to reset them to what they were originally.  Does anyone know how to do this?  Can the explaination be in user friendly terminology, please.

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Vidya
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Re: My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

1. Open Windows Explorer (any folder/drive).

 

2. As the IconCache is a hidden file, you need to enable “Show hidden files” option to see the same. To do this, head over to Tools > Folder Options, switch to View tab, and finally enable Show Hidden files, folders, and drives option.

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3. Now navigate to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local folder and then delete IconCache.db file. Here username is your user profile name.

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4. Reboot your computer to rebuild the icon cache.

 

5. All icons should be displayed correct now.

 

Alternately, you can download a tool from the following weblink that will do this for you:

http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/141/0/e/Rebuild_Icon_Cache_v0_7b_by_screeny05.rar

The tool has three options, one to rebuild the icon cache, another one to restore the original icon cache file and third option to delete the back up file of icon cache. When you rebuild the cache, it takes a back up of existing IconCache.db.

I am an HP employee.

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Vidya

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chartresbeth
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Re: My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

My icons have all changed from the program icon to a generic Microsoft Office 2010 icon. I cannot open the programs.

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Vidya
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Re: My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

Did you try the solution I provided in the earlier thread??

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MaximusNights
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Re: My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

I have tried everything in you post Distinguished Professor but my Icons are still not changing back to there normal icons.

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Vidya
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Re: My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

Try using the fixit from the following weblink:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2396571

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Vidya

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mhornback
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Re: My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

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Tried every solution mentioned above. None worked. Even tried restoring iconCashe.db to a much earlier version. Nothing has worked. If I go to actual program executable files and create a shortcut, the shortcut's icon becomes a MS Office 2010 icon and does not work. Clicking on any of these changed icons brings up MS Office. Totally broken!  :smileysad:

 

This is occurring on an HP G42 laptop computer running Win 7 OS

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Kenambo
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Re: My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

Hi mam.. i have the same problem.. i did what you have told..

 

but i didnt get any better result..

 

can you help me..mam..

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wairimu
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Re: My icons all changed from the program icon to one Microsoft Office icon

thanx a lot @Vidya.big up
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