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I updated my .exe icon, but the new icon doesn't show up in the folder. Only way to make it work is to create new folder and copy the .exe file there.

How do I tell Windows 7 to refresh the cached icons?

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You will need to delete your Icon Cache and reboot.

Instructions can be found here:

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You can also just restart Explorer, rather than a full reboot. – M. Dudley Nov 7 '12 at 20:31
you can, but that creates other issues – Shevek Nov 8 '12 at 11:11

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