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Does Windows have other icon files besides "shell32.dll"

by royeo / January 19, 2009 9:32 AM PST

I have Windows XP Pro, SP3.

Now when I want to change icons and get a bigger choice I use the file "shell32.dll." Are there other icon files included in my version of Windows?

Can I get icon files off of the internet, and if so, where?



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Another case for Google
by Slikkster / January 19, 2009 10:37 AM PST

First, just find a shortcut on your desktop and right-click on it and select Properties. On most, you'll have an option to "Change Icon".

I've found there are any number of .exe and .dll files that have icons in the Windows and Windows sub-folder directories. You just have to use the "Browse" button after selecting "Change Icon" and click on an .exe file or .dll file. Of course, shell32.dll is probably the largest icon archive in Windows.

As for free icons, they are all over the net. Here's one:

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Yes, in the system32 folder ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 19, 2009 12:21 PM PST

you have a file named moricons.dll that contains somewhere around 110 additional icons.

Many of the executable files and dlls will also contain icons that can be used also.

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Icon Dll in windows
by sankerpg / March 15, 2010 9:02 PM PDT

Try "%SystemRoot%\system32\pifmgr.dll" .. has a collection of good icons..

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Try these
by panagosm / May 27, 2010 12:47 AM PDT

Some are in Win 7 only, but many of them are available in older OSes.


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icon files of the internet connection.
by JinuAlex / November 17, 2012 10:57 PM PST
In reply to: Try these

Panagosm, yourreply was very helpful

icon files of the internet connection.

Thank You

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More than 1,000 icons in total here
by Jelgab_Riel / February 28, 2013 10:46 PM PST

1. C:\Windows\Explorer.Exe
2. C:\Windows\System32\AccessibilityCpl.Dll
3. C:\Windows\System32\compstui.dll
4. C:\Windows\System32\Ddores.Dll
5. C:\Windows\System32\DDORes.dll
6. C:\Windows\System32\GameUx.Dll
7. C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
8. C:\Windows\System32\mmcndmgr.dll
9. C:\Windows\System32\mmRes.Dll
10. C:\Windows\System32\MorIcons.Dll
11. C:\Windows\System32\NetCenter.Dll
12. C:\Windows\System32\netshell.dll
13. C:\Windows\System32\networkexplorer.dll
14. C:\Windows\System32\PifMgr.dll
15. C:\Windows\System32\PniDui.Dll
16. C:\Windows\System32\SensorsCpl.Dll
17. C:\Windows\System32\SetupApi.Dll
18. C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.Dll
19. C:\Windows\System32\wmploc.DLL
20. C:\Windows\System32\wpdshext.dll

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Thanks. Four years have passed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2013 12:48 AM PST

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