Why are all my Start Menu icons the same?

Konchok Paldan May 10, 2012
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All of my Start Menu icons have become the same. VLC, Internet Explorer, Chrome and etc all have the same icon. How can I fix this? I am using Windows 7.

  1. jess
    October 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

    @Alan Wade.. thanks,, it works with me... so happy all my icons are back to normal.

  2. Sachin Kanchan
    May 17, 2012 at 1:07 am

    one another problem may be that your computer has a virus or malware.
    and the only way to get rid of it is to format it.

  3. Alan Wade
    May 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Click on Start then in the Search box type %userprofile%\AppData\Local

    Note: %userprofile% represents the path to user profile folder.

    1. Close all folder windows that are currently open.
    2. Launch Task Manager using the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC key sequence, or by running taskmgr.exe.
    3. In the Process tab, right-click on the Explorer.exe process and select End Process.
    4. Click the End process button when asked for confirmation.
    5. From the File menu of Task Manager, select New Task (Run…)
    6. Type CMD.EXE, and click OK
    7. In the Command Prompt window, type the commands one by one and press ENTER after each command:

    CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    DEL IconCache.db /a
    EXIT

    8. In Task Manager, click File, select New Task
    9. Type EXPLORER.EXE, and click OK.
    Or navigate your way to the AppData/Local folder and right click on iconcache.db then select delete.
    Reboot and see if that solves it.

  4. zeeshan khan
    May 13, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Try restarting. If that doesn't work then scan for virus using your antivirus software. If that doesn't work then do a system restore and restore to a date that didn't have this problem. My recommendation is that, once the problem is fixed, you should make regular system restore points just in case something like this happens again.

  5. FIDELIS
    May 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Most likely you are having a problem with file association due to a virus. Like suggested before, make sure to scan your computer with your antivirus of choice and if possible also do complete scans with malwarebytes and superantispyware. Once clean just run the association fix patch for your operating system.

  6. Noah
    May 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I've had this problem before. Another solution for this that I came across so far is to make another account on your computer, send all your personal files to that account via a flash drive or cd, and then delete the first account. (to save space, not necessary) This will save you a lot of time and works well if you aren't that technologically inclined.

    I hope this helps.

  7. ha14
    May 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    1.Go to Start menu and type System Restore on the search box. Select System Restore from the given options.
    2.If you are prompted for any administrator password, then enter the password and provide confirmation to open the System Restore window.
    3.Select the Restore point as per your convenience and click Next.
    4.Allow the system to complete the system restore and restart your computer whenever it is prompted to you.

    you can try the following from winhelponline
    http://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/lnk_fix_w7.zip
    http://www.winhelponline.com/fileasso/exe_fix_w7.zip

    • Ghost Rider
      November 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      i did that but it keeps saying system restore could not start

  8. Bruce Epper
    May 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    This sometimes happens if the machine has been running too long (we are talking days or weeks here), but it tends to be pretty rare. In that case, a simple reboot will normally fix it.

    It can also happen if you have contracted specific viruses. In this case, you need to do a full scan of your system with your AV package and something along the lines of Malwarebytes or Spybot S&D. Once that is done you can apply these fixes to the system registry:
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/linkfile_fix.zip
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_exe_fix.zip
    you may also need to use this one too:
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_com_fix.zip

    • Ghost Rider
      November 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      i tried that but it still isnt working

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