All my desktop icons changed to Internet Explorer [TECHNICIAN FIX]


Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Deputy Editor
Loading Comments
Affiliate Disclosure

how to fix No boot device available error on Windows 10

Did you notice that all your software icons changed to a single icon (Internet Explorer)? This can happen suddenly and it is caused by a conflict with the .Ink extension, and also possibly the IconCache.db file.

One user shared his concerns on the Microsoft Answers forum.

Recently, all of my icons on my desktop and in the start menu have changed to the Internet Explorer icon.  Also, when I checked my administrator files, they all end in LNK.  I am not able to go into any of my programs through My Programs.

In this fix article, we will explore a few proven methods to solve this issue. Read on to find out how.

Why did all my icons turn to Internet Explorer icon?

1. Delete the .Ink key file from Registry Editor

  1. Press Windows + R key on your keyboard
  2. Type ‘regedit’ (without quotes) in the Run box, and then press Enter.
  3. Inside the Registry Editor, use the folder tree on the left side of the screen, and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Explorer>FileExts>HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Explorer>FileExts> Icons changed to internet explorer
  4. Inside the FileExts folder, search for the .Ink subfolder, and delete it.ink registry Icons changed to internet explorer
  5. Close the System Registry, and restart your PC
  6. Check to see if the problem persists, if it does, follow the next method

Are you tired of IE causing issues like this? Check out UR browser


2. Remove the IconCache.db file

  1. Close all open folders
  2. Click on the Start button
  3. Search for the folder Windows System > Right click on Command Prompt > More > Run as administratoropen CMD Icons changed to internet explorer
  4. To end the Explorer process, type in the following command ‘taskkill /f /im explorer.exe’ (without quotes), and press Enter
  5. Inside Command Prompt type ‘CD /d %userprofile%AppDataLocal’ (without quotes), and press Enter
  6. After this, type ‘DEL IconCache.db /a’ (without quotes) ,and press Enter again
  7. Next, type ‘EXIT’ (without quotes) and press Enter 
  8. Next, we will restart the explorer process: go back to your Task Manager window, click on File, select Run new taskrun new task Icons changed to internet explorer
  9. In the pop-up window, type in ‘explorer.exe’ (without quotes), and press Enter
  10. Restart your computer

If you have any suggestions or want to give us your opinion on this fix, please use the comment section found below.

READ ALSO: