Why do icons remain on the screen after the files have have been deleted in Windows 7?

Anonymous June 7, 2014

In Windows 7, while deleting files (MP3s) from a folder, the icon would not disappear. Trying to delete the file again gives an error message “this file cannot be located”. Hitting f5 or right click + refresh and the icon disappears and its apparent that the file was deleted first time round… Anyone know the cause and or solution to this problem? Thanks

  1. Hovsep A
    June 7, 2014 at 11:22 am
  2. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

    1. In Folder Options - View tab: clicking both Reset Folders and Restore Defaults and OK. (Also updated Windows Experience Index)

    2. Deleting everything in the %temp% folder. (Can use CCleaner)

    3. Delete the Windows icon cache.
    i -Opening an Administrator command prompt and type CDUsersusernameAppDataLocal (sub account name for username!)
    ii -Closing down Explorer by Ctrl-Shift-Right Clicking on the Shutdown menu of the Start Menu and selecting Exit Explorer
    iii -In the command prompt type the following commands:

    attrib -h iconcache.db
    del iconcache.db

    - Restart the computer.

    These are things I haven't tried, but others have reported fixing the problem.

    • Desie66
      June 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Rajaa
      That worked , problem solved , much appreciated :)

    • Susendeep D
      June 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm


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