Before doing this I copied and pasted the IconCache.db file into a new folder I created on another one of my hard drives the same computer. So basically instead of just going ahead and deleting it from y "C" drive I pasted the file in my "H" drive just in case anything bad happened. Well after doing so I went ahead and deleted the file as written in the above article. But the file was not automatically recreated by win xp. So I restarted my computer in order to see if it would be recreated. When I logged in my password and my pc loaded I noticed the desktop icons were super slow while filling in [about 10x slower than usual]. I waited for all of the icons to fill in and than went into my "my computer" but I had to wait for the "C" drive to appear because all I saw was the searching flashlight which I don't normally see [it took a while for the drives to show in "my computer"]. I went back into the folder I deleted the file from and the IconCache.db was still not recreated. So I freaked out and just pasted the backup file back into the original folder than deleted the backup and restarted my pc [basically leaving it the way it was before I ever did anything].
My questions are:
1. Why did it not recreate itself as the big selling magazine said it would?
2. Was it the fact that I backed up the icon on another drive within the same computer?
3. Why did my icons take long to appear when I deleted the file and restarted my pc?
4. Is my computer screwed up now even though I pasted the icon back?
5. How can I do what the article says I can do to recreate a new IconCache.db successfully? [Since the article way didn't work]