Sometimes something happens and Windows starts displaying wrong icons on the desktop.
If you don't know what icon cache is, it's a special file that Windows uses to keep copies of each icon handy.The easiest ways of doing that is by deleting the Icon file.If that file is missing, Windows will build it from scratch.However, deleting this file is tricky: it turns out that Windows keeps a copy of this file in the RAM memory, and if you delete it, with will create a new copy of this file from it's RAM copy, without refreshing the icon images!If you have not done so already, make Windows display the hidden files and folders.To do that, start Windows Task Manager (by, for example, right-clicking on an empty space of Windows taskbar and selecting Start Task Manager from the menu).
To do so, choose the Folder options command from the Tools menu of AB Commander (or open it from Windows Control Panel), select the View tab, and change the option: If you don't like Windows displaying the hidden files and folder, you can change this option back after completing the steps below.Use AB Commander to navigate to the folder where the Icon file is located (see above for the possible locations): (If you have just enabled the Show hidden files option, you may need to press F5 in AB Commander to refresh is window and make the hidden files and folders to appear in the file listings.) Delete the Icon file, and keep AB Commander window open, do not close or minimize it, you will need it a bit later.Select the Processes tab and right-click on in the list.To do that, switch to AB Commander window, enter explorer in its launch box, and press OK: Take control of your files and folders with Purchase or download a free trial.(You could also start Explorer using the File - New Task (Run) command of Windows Task Manager.) Your desktop icons should be back.For example, you might have upgraded an application and the new version came with a new and improved application icon, but you still see the old icon on the Desktop.