How to Fix Missing Icon Images for Games or Any Windows Program

The other day my StarCraft II icon turned into the default Windows icon and this infuriated me.  I finally found a solid fix for this.  

  1.  Change your Folder Options to show hidden files, folders, and protected operating system files 
  2. Go into C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local (Windows Vista and 7)
  3. Delete IconCache.db
  4. Create a new IconCache.db
  5. Change the new IconCache.db to be Read Only
  6. Restart your PC
 
After doing this your icon cache should be rebuilt and your StarCraft II, or whatever, icon should be back.
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