Change a File's Icon

April 16, 2012 at 22:45:54
Specs: Windows XP
Folder Options-FileTypes has 'Restore' instead of 'Advanced' and only Advanced has the Change Icon Option.
How can I get around this to change the Icon?
Thank you.

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#1
April 17, 2012 at 02:13:25
If you first click Restore, you then should get back the Advanced option.

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#2
April 17, 2012 at 02:20:45
Hi,

Yes, but that restores the program that file type will Open With. Changing the icon there first almost works... but when you set another program with Advanced it subsequently changes the icon again.


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#3
April 17, 2012 at 02:27:29
That's how file association always works.
It takes the Icon information from the program, you chose to open with.

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#4
April 17, 2012 at 04:44:48
Understood. But the program has several icons and the one chosen is not the one I want.

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#5
April 17, 2012 at 06:02:15
When clicking the Advanced button, you can change the icon.
You might have to restart to make changes take effect.

If you changed the icon and you crosscheck it, but you don't get the right effect, you might have to search for the file ShellIconCache and delete it.
After that, you must restart the computer to take effect.
The ShellIconCache will be newly recreated at boot time.


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#6
April 17, 2012 at 06:37:10
OK... we're going around in circles!

The question becomes how to change the icon when the button says Restore.


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#7
April 17, 2012 at 06:40:40
Right, we're going around in circles.

As stated in #1, click the restore button.
After that, you should get back the advanced button, to make the changes.


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#8
April 17, 2012 at 07:43:27
Sorry paulsep you don't understand my question.

Can anyone else here offer a solution?

There seems to be more than one factor, including the Type and the original XP association. Breaking that may be the key... Setting a new Type links it to a installed application, e.g. mp3 is associated with Windows Media Player. I'm now trying to remove WMP to see if that allows a new Type-Icon-Association.

A right pain in the ass. But surprised there isn't a known fix after so long or more info to be found via Google


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#9
April 17, 2012 at 09:53:25
If you see the Restore button, simply click on it.
After that, you get the Advanced button.
Click on it.
Now, you'll get the Edit File Type window.
At the right side, you will see the Change Icon button.
Click on it.
If you get an error message "Windows cannot find the file %1", simply click ok.
In the upcoming window "Change Icon" click on the Browse button.
Navigate to e.g. C:\Program Files\Your_Program_Folder and select the file, you want to use the icon from. Then click Open.
Select the icon you want to use.
Then click Ok and Close button.

It works !!!



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#10
April 17, 2012 at 12:24:08
I know this is not what you asked but you could always make a shortcut to the program then give that shortcut any icon you wish. There are plenty of ico files on the net (I keep a folder full of them) and also small freebie utilities that can extract icons from programs.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
April 17, 2012 at 18:39:24
OK Paulsep, I'll give a more detailed spin on this. Derek, shortcuts have a Change Icon button but whoever designed Tools-Folder Options-FileTypes and how that works wasn't thinking straight.

Mission is to ascociate mp3's with Winamp and wav's with Adobe Audition. And give each the preferred icon from their respective exe files.

I have mp3's working. Their FileType 'Mp3 File', opens in Winamp and all mp3 icons are correct.
Now looking at the wav files - their FileType is 'Wave Sound', they Open in Audition but have the wrong Icon.

FileTypes dialog for WAV gives me 'Change' and 'Restore'. (Incidentally the icon in that Dialog (under Extensions) is the one I'm attempting to apply to the files).

I click Restore. It changes to Advanced and WAV FileType changes to 'MP3 File' and the icon under Extensions to Winamp.
Why'd it do that? I don't want that !

I next click 'Change' to go back to Audition. That changes FileType to Wav File (previously Wave Sound).
Wav file icons haven't changed... they're still the same (wrong) one.

Clicking 'Restore' and 'Advanced' repeat this cycle for ever. When you want Advanced (to set the icon) you're only given 'Restore' which has no Change Icon option.

Now I have done this before with every Windows re-install, and it always drives me batty and takes days to get right. Asking here I was hoping to learn what's going on, why it doesn't work and how to make it work.

Quite often - while attempting this - the mp3 files switch to Audition in place of Winamp. It's like one change causes another. And Tools-Folder Options-FileTypes seems consistently to give you everythinge except what you want !


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#12
April 18, 2012 at 06:09:55
Ok! For anyone having the same trouble - the solution is to delete the extension you want to process, then create a NEW extension. If this keeps the FileType - which if not changed will affect all of that Type - attempts to set things up will send you in the never-ever loop I was in. Changing the FileType to a unique one (matching the extension) will give you back control - and sanity ! This association between FileTypes may be established when applications are installed. I don't know for sure, just a suspicion.

But it is still a b---tard how MS have set this all up. IMHO ! :)


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#13
April 18, 2012 at 12:31:21
Thanks for the feedback.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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