Reset the Windows 7 System Tray Icons

Mark Berry November 8, 2013

Every so often, my system tray icons lose their pictures, usually because the server that they point to was offline for a while. Then I have to go hunting for the solution, even the one I posted on SuperUser. Here it is for future reference.

  1. Open Windows Explorer, go to %userprofile%\AppData\Local, delete IconCache.db.

  2. Open Task Manager, go to Processes tab, highlight explorer.exe, and click End Process. Your desktop will "disappear."

  3. Still in Task Manger, select File > New Task (Run…), type explorer.exe, and click OK. Your desktop should reappear, with the previously missing icons.


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