How to fix blank (white) desktop shortcut icons in windows 7, 8 and 10

Do you have shortcut icons that show up as blank (white) icons on your desktop, in the taskbar, in the start menu, and in folders in Windows Explorer (File Explorer)?

Then you are on the right page because this tutorial will show you step by step how to fix this problem in Windows 7, 8 and 10.

1. Open Command Prompt.

Two ways to open Command Prompt:

2. In the Command Prompt, you type (or copy and paste) the following command:

cd %userprofile%\appdata\local
Run the first command in Windows Command Prompt

3. Press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

4. Type (or copy and paste) the following command:

del iconcache.db /a
Run the second command in Windows Command Prompt

5. Press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

6. After the command is finished, you can close the Command Prompt window.

7. Open Task Manager.

Three ways to open Task Manager:

8. In the Processes tab, you search for Windows Explorer.

Windows Explorer process in Task Manager

Note: You might need to click on More details located at the bottom of the Task Manager window, in order to view all processes.

9. Right-click on Windows Explorer and then click on End task.

End Windows Explorer process in Task Manager

10. Click on File (top left) and then click on Run new task.

Run a new task in Windows Task Manager

11. In the “Create new task” window, you type explorer.

Start Windows Explorer process in Task Manager

12. Click on the OK button.


References:

Microsoft.com

Reddit.com