Desktop icons replaced with generic folder icons after going to W11


CharlieDog

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As the title says, my colorful, individualized desktop icons (mostly album artwork from my music cd's that had been copied into the laptop) were changed to a generic folder icon after switching to Windows 11. I've tried the obvious options, but so far I have not found the way to get my original icons back. When I click on the folder icons, the songs in the folder will still have the original artwork icons, however.

Any ideas or suggestions for settings to check would be greatly appreciated. TIA

Other than that loss, I haven't had any problems or concerns with Windows 11.
 
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Rebuild Icon Cache

Go to search and type:- cmd

Next press the ctrl +shift+enter keys on your keyboard, a cmd prompt as Admin will open. Or Right click the CMD results and Run as Administrator
Copy and paste all the below bold cmds into the command prompt window, one at a time and press enter.

ie4uinit.exe -show

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
(your desktop will go blank)

DEL /A /Q "%localappdata%\IconCache.db"

DEL /A /F /Q "%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*"

shutdown /p
(your computer will shutdown completely, after this Restart your computer.
 

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Did you mean thumbnail preview on a folder? if so that is not available in win11
 

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CharlieDog

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Just another example of something that was nice in W10 but lost in W11. Too bad.
 

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Just another example of something that was nice in W10 but lost in W11. Too bad.
That was a really useful feature for me, I have a lot of things in folders and it was so much quicker just to look at the picture on the folder and read the name. You could put this on the feedback hub
 

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When my icons are replaced with generic folder icons the one way that I can recover the icons is to use Firefox.

I would visit the website and Bookmark it. I would choose "Bookmark Toolbar" as location.

I would then drag the bookmark from the Toolbar to the desktop.
 

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