Refresh the icons on Windows

reload windows icons

This might be more interesting for developers out there, however you could use it too one day. To update programs, you need to compile them every time from the beginning and this means if you want to change the program's icon, then you need to compile it with another icon image. However, when you install/use this application in a directory for example, like C: Desktop and the previous version of the same application with its old icon had its place in C: Desktop too, then Windows might be too lazy to update its icon cache and will use the old one.

There are several ways to fix this but, I'm going to show the easiest one.

  1. First, we need to open cmd.exe
  2. In cmd.exe, we type in:
start ie4uinit.exe -show

And hit enter. You should notice now that the icons have reloaded. If that is the case, then you know it worked.

refresh icon windows

For those who are too lazy to type this every time into cmd.exe, you can also use it as an executable file.
I already did the work and created a batch file which does the same thing compiled it to an .exe file.

Refresh-Icons.exe (166 downloads)


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Lars, Admin and owner of xs-Sol thrives to enhance the everyday life of the PC user. His ideology is that there are two existing IT people in this world. Those who spent time on learning it and those who spent time on using the web to find the needed information and filtering out the bad ones.

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