Windows 10: Black Square behind some of my Folder Icons

Discus and support Black Square behind some of my Folder Icons in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi, I just had this problem earlier. I had this Folder that has a Black Square behind it. I tried refreshing and it didn't work. I tried moving my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by xytherion, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. xytherion Win User

    Black Square behind some of my Folder Icons


    Hi, I just had this problem earlier. I had this Folder that has a Black Square behind it. I tried refreshing and it didn't work. I tried moving my files from that folder into another it worked. Deleting it and After refreshing, 4 folders have been affected by this problem. Anyyone knows what the problem is and how can I fix it?
    Here is a screenshot of what It looks like. Folder Icons are Enclosed in Black Squares. Help. - Imgur
    I'm on Windows 10 by the way.
    Also, I have done the following things I've seen that cured problems slightly like mine:
    1. Create a New User Profile. This worked for a few hours and It happened again with some folders.
    2. I also tried resetting my Windows installation. Keeping files in my pc and just the programs and windows installation are new.

    :)
     
    xytherion, Aug 13, 2015
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  2. AmitHazra Win User
    AmitHazra, Aug 13, 2015
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  3. Black Square behind some of my Folder Icons

    I also had the same problem in Windows 10. But then used the following procedure and it resolved it.

    Open CMD as Administrator and type in following commands in it:

    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
    • Close the command prompt and restart the PC . It works with only small size(medium size) not with large size folders. thus in addition to this. I went to search bar in taskbar and typed in
      disk clean. After opening it,I selected Driver C (One Having operating system) and then next. I selected thumbnails and click ok.
    • After that I restarted my PC and windows problem was resolved
     
    Zahid Sarfraz, Aug 13, 2015
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  4. fSpiral Win User

    Black Square behind some of my Folder Icons

    I've scoured the net trying to fix this bug and found all your posts about this problem, none with an actual fix. The problem will come up again at some point but not for a while.

    • Check the hidden items box under the view tab in your folder
    • go to C:\... Users... Select your user and open up Appdata
    • Delete the local folder only.
    Hopefully we'll get a legit fix to this problem from Microsoft or a computer wizard.
     
    fSpiral, Aug 14, 2015
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  5. msamuel8 Win User
    I have the same issue of the OP problem and I don't know what to do about it. I tried the suggestion of fspiral but still the black box thing is appearing randomly on any folder and for no apparent reason!
     
    msamuel8, Aug 14, 2015
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  6. mesh24 Win User
    I have the same problem as well. Windows 10 x64. Can't remember if the problem was right away or if it developed after installing something. The main software I have installed that might have anything to do with it is Adobe CC, but of course it's only a hunch.
     
    mesh24, Oct 6, 2015
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  7. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Brink, Oct 6, 2015
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  8. Cliff S New Member

    Black Square behind some of my Folder Icons

    That's what does it for me. What is it a corruption in thumbnails Shawn? I never had this on any other OS version.
     
    Cliff S, Oct 6, 2015
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  9. Brink
    Brink New Member
    If it's corruption, then resetting the thumbnail cache may help. If it's something else, then we'll see.
     
    Brink, Oct 6, 2015
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  10. jaburmester, Nov 25, 2015
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  11. flipshark Win User
    I had this issue and just right clicked on the icon, choose properties, and uncheck the box that says "attributes read only", then apply......the weird thing is I had to do it twice and then the black box disappeared. Restarted and the black box was still gone, so I hope this helps.
     
    flipshark, Feb 9, 2016
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  12. rjay7 Win User
    I also had this issue, and fixed it almost as 'flipshark' describes.......right click the head icon... i.e. documents, choose properties, and uncheck the box that says "attributes read only", then apply.
    In my case the attributes check box had a black square inside it which disappeared when I unchecked it. Rebooting after this did nothing even after several attempts.
    Success came when I unchecked the black square inside the attributes check box to make it disappear then check again to introduce the normal tick. Apply. OK. Reboot.
    The thing is.. the attributes read only check box still reverts to a black square inside the box but at least the icons are back to normal.
     
    rjay7, May 3, 2016
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  13. Black Square behind some of my Folder Icons

    Here is the quick hack;
    1. right click on the folder, click properties
    2.click customize tab.
    3. click change icon tab.
    4.select any icon arbitarily.
    5.click ok/ apply whatever.
    6. repeat steps(1,2,3,4,5) , click restore defaults
    7.click apply then click ok

    your original icon is back KABOOOOOOOOM!!!!*Wink*Wink*Wink*Wink*Wink*Wink*Wink*Wink*Wink
     
    chinmayrozekar, Sep 21, 2016
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  14. Eksy61 Win User
    I had this same problem, but for me, all it took to fix it was a cold reboot. That is, I shut the computer down, turned off power completely, then turned power back on and booted up.

    The black icons were still there for a moment, but one by one, they seemed to fix themselves.
     
    Eksy61, Sep 22, 2016
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  15. madmax2 Win User
    I also have this problem, which randomly appears from time to time.

    To fix this you need to move the folder.jpg or any file out of the folder
    then you can put it back in the folder.

    This will fix it.

    Unchecking readonly as suggested by another user, does not solve this problem.

    This is definitely a bug with windows 10.
    We need a permanent solution from microsoft.
    Someone please report this bug to microsoft.
     
    madmax2, Apr 4, 2018
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