Wrong or missing program icons in windows 7 start menu

For unknown reasons my start menu and task bar has started showing the wrong icons. 

For example Office Outlook and several other now has a generic program icon, while some other program icons are mixed up like notepad has the vlc media player icon, the icon for a game (city of heroes) has the Paint icon and so on.

I have no idea what has caused this. The strange thing is that in "all programs" the correct icons are showing but if I right click and add them to the start menu or task bar they get an erronous icon. 

Tried system restore but it doesn't work.

if I create a new user account the correct icons show in that accounts startmenu/task bar.

I would preferably trying to get my main account back in order though because it's a lot of work moving to a new user account........
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I found a solution for this. At least it worked for me (win 7 x64).

 

First, open Notepad and paste the below code:

 

taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
attrib –h IconCache.db
del IconCache.db
start explorer

save the file as a .bat file on your desktop.

Then open explorer and navigate to C:\users\username\appdata\local\ (make sure you've select to view hidden folders) and delete IconCache.db.

 

Lastly, double click on the .bat file that you saved on your desktop and all icons should be restored.

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Hi River99,

If the icons show properly using another user account, it is possible your user profile has been corrupted.  Try the steps in this document to fix your profile. 


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