Fix: Desktop icons loading slow issue in Windows 10 / 11

Are the desktop icons on your computer loading very slowly? If they are then you will face a problem of lengthier booting time on your computer. You can solve this issue just by following these easy fixes on your computer.


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Fix-1 Delete all iconcache files from Appdata-

1 – Open File explorer .

2 -Copy the path given below

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

3 -Paste it in the address bar of file explorer

 

Path Iconcache Min

 

4. Now, in Explorer folder, select all the files (iconcache / thumbcache) and then press the ‘Delete‘ key from your keyboard to empty the folder.

 

Select All Iconcache Files And Delete

 

Close File Explorer window.

Note: – If you get error message such as can’t delete as file is open in windows explorer. Try this

1 – Open command prompt as admin

2 – Now, copy and paste the command given below in command prompt

CD C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

3 – Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together from your keyboard to open task manager and then locate windows explorer from the list, right click and choose end task.

Windows Explorer End Task Min

4 -Now, in the command prompt window, type the command given below


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del *.db

5 – Now, ress Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together from your keyboard to open task manager again, click on File and then choose run new task. 

File Run New Task Min

 

6 – Type explorer in it and click OK.

 

Explorer Min

 

Now,  check the loading time of icons on your desktop.

Fix-2 Add a string value in Registry Editor-

1. Click on the search box on the bottom-left corner for the “regedit” from the search box.

2. Then, click on the “Registry Editor“.

 

Regedit

 

The Registry Editor window will be opened.

NOTE

The preliminary process before you go for the actual solution involves creating a backup of the Registry Editor. To do so, after you have opened the Registry Editor, click not the “File” on the menu bar and then click on the “Export“.

 

Export Registry

 

Don’t forget to save the backup in a secure place.

 

3. Now, expand the headers on the left-side in this way-

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

 

4. Now, right-click on “Explorer” and then sequentially click on “New>” and then on “String Value“.

5. Name the new string as “Max Cached Icons“.

 

New String Value

 

6. Now, on the right-hand side of the Registry Editor window, double click on “Max Cached Icons“.

 

Double Click On Max Cached Icons

 

7. In the Edit String window, put “4096” in the ‘Value data:‘ option.

8. Click on “OK” to save the changes on your computer.

 

Value Data

 

Close the Registry Editor window and then reboot your computer to save the changes on your computer.

After restarting your problem will be solved.

Fix-3 Delete Iconcache from Local folder-

Iconcache is the cache containing temporary info of cache, deleting it will resolve this issue.

1. Press Windows key+R to launch Run window.

2. To access the temp folder, you need to type “%temp%” and then hit Enter.

 

Temp Run

 

3. In the Temp folder, click on “Local” on the address bar to go back to the designated folder.

 

Lcoal Folder

 

4. In the Local folder, on the menu-bar, click on “View“.

5. Then, Press Windows key and S key to open search and then search File explorer options in it and hit enter key.

File Explorer Options Min

6. Now, go to the “View” tab.


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7. Now, check the option “Show hidden files, folders, and drives“.

 

View Show Folders

 

8. Now, click on “Apply” and OK” to save it.

 

Apply Ok Final

 

You will see the hidden folders/ files on your computer.

9. Now, scroll down and find the “Iconcache” file. If it is not there try to locate IconCache.db file.

10. Right-click on the “Iconcache” file (Or IconCache.db file) and then click on “Delete” to delete it from your computer.

 

Icon Cache Delete

 

Close File Explorer window.

Restart your pc to let the changes take effect.

After rebooting check the loading time of icons on your desktop.

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7 thoughts on “Fix: Desktop icons loading slow issue in Windows 10 / 11”

  1. Setting the Max Icons to 4096 (from a value of 2000 that was already there) fixed the problem I was having with it taking ages to populate my custom taskbar toolbars with their icons.

  2. “Nicholas says

    AUGUST 15, 2020 AT 11:18 PM

    I have tried the second step although everytime I deleted the .db files I get a message saying “can’t delete as file is open in windows explorer”
    And help would be really appreciated!”

    The only way to delete these file is with Command Prompt. Open Command Prompt, type:
    CD C:\Users\%your username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    then open the task manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc), search Windows Explorer and righ-click on it, click End Task, (the desktop will become dark) then close the task manager. Then in the command prompt windows type del *.db (all the iconcache and thumbcache files with .db extension will be deleted)
    Then open again the task manager (Ctrl+shift+esc), click on the File tab, Run New task, and type Explorer to open it again.

  3. I have tried the second step although everytime I deleted the .db files I get a message saying “can’t delete as file is open in windows explorer”
    And help would be really appreciated!

  4. Hi Marc.
    Try these steps-
    1. Press Windows key + R to open the Run window.
    2. Paste this location in the Run window and hit Enter.
    C:\Users\%your username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows

    Replace the ‘your username’ with your account name. For me, the command looks like-
    C:\Users\Sambit\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows
    Now, as you are directed to the Explorer folder, try the next steps following the next steps.

  5. FIX 2:
    There is no “explorer” subfolder in the > AppData > Roaming > Microsoft > Windows folder.

  6. Perfect, ABsolutely PERfect.

    My websites now load instantly from the shortcuts, all thanks to your easy to follow instructions.

    I make a point of getting the details up on my phone at the same time as I view (and work on the problem) on my Laptop.

    Thanks again
    All the best, sincerely

    Gaz.

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