Icons do not work in Windows 11? Try these tips!

In Windows 11, problems are still regularly reported for icons.

For example, users regularly report that a black border appears on an icon or is even completely black.

This is an error in Windows 11. It is considered a graphical error in the computer system due to faulty image file cache or errors in the system files.

There are some solutions that you can try to solve this problem. The first is to uninstall third-party software related to the Windows 11 theme or other visual settings.

If you have not installed any third-party software and this problem occurs without knowing exactly what caused it, follow the tips below.

Icons don’t work in Windows 11

Restoring icons to default settings

Right-click on the incorrect black icon. Click on Properties in the menu. Then click on Customise tab and then on the “Restore Defaults” button. Confirm with apply and then click OK.

Restore icon to default in Windows 11

Check that the icon is now displayed correctly. If not, proceed to the next solution.

Delete cache files for icons.

Windows keeps temporary files for icons, we also call this cache. Deleting these temporary files forces Windows to rebuild that cache. Rebuilding can fix problems with icons.

Right-click on the Start button. Click Run from the menu. In the execute window type:

control.exe folders

Next, click View and enable the “Show hidden files, folders and drives” option. We need to enable hidden files because the icon cache files are hidden in Windows.

Show hidden files folder and drives in Windows 11

Next, right-click on the Start button again. Click run and in the run window type:


Search for file “IconCache.db” and delete the file.

remove iconcache file

Next, using Windows explorer, go to the following folder:


Select all files in this folder using the CTRL + A key combination and delete all files.

remove all icon files in windows 11

If files cannot be deleted click skip. Restart your computer.

I hope to have helped you with this guide. Thanks for reading!

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