Windows 7 Custom Icons

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  1. GreatZimkogway
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    I think we really need a Computer Help forum for some people...

    This ain't really a help thread, I'm just wondering. Has anyone found a good way to modify icons like you could in XP? Like...say...change the Recycle Bin icon from the Recycle Bin to...a Smily Face(Just for quick example.) I know it was quite easy in XP to do this, but what about in 7?

    And on that same order, is it possible to assign icons to different extentions? (Like...an NDS icon that would show for all .nds files, instead of the default "not a usable extention" icon.)

    Yes, I'm asking this mostly because I want to work on creating real themes for Windows 7, and it doesn't work that well if you can't change this stuff...
     


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    Well I guess you could just include a pack of icons for people to manually install. There's also a program called iconpackager, but I haven't really looked into that. You might want to check out this site, it has loads of advice on windows customization.
     
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    That's just it, I don't even know how to manually install them myself. That's what I'm trying to find out. I know how to make them, I just don't know how to implement them. Same with the .ico stuff. It's rather annoying, and I've used google to try, and the only ways I've found are ones were you have to actually mess with the files. Which I can never seem to get to work.

    Hence, me asking here XD
     
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    Well as I said take a look at virtualcustoms.net, you should be able to find it there. Manually changing (one by one) is really easy. Right click the thing you want a different icon for, click the option change icon (or whatever it's called in English windows, I have dutch windows XD) in the properties menu. Then browse for the icon.
     
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    *blinks*

    ...

    *blinks again*

    ...That wasn't there last time I checked, I swear. Well, that's one thing done. Now what about the custom icons for extentions? XD *goes and looks at the link*
     
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    Actually I very much hope you'll find it, cuz I've got some cool icons but I dunno how to associate them with a certain file type XD
     
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    Something like this maybe? Requires you to edit the registry.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/57455...fault-icon.html
     
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    *disgusted shiver* I ain't touching the reigstry...there's gotta be an easier way...

    EDIT: Tried that before, once, and it didn't work very well.
     
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    Here's a program called Types to add, delete & edit extensions on the fly (including icons). Don't know how it would help as to creating themes... Link

    As for using the program, click on or add an extension. Click on the cog to the right of the bar. Then click on the icon tab. Tip: DON'T MOVE THE ICO FILE. Move it and the icon will become corrupt so make sure you have it EXACTLY where you want it on your hard drive.

    ~ Jon
     
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    Is there any way to add extension compatibility? Like for .nds files and such?
     
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    ^What he said. That's what I'm actually looking for...
     
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    If you want to create an extension simply type it into the bar, click the green plus button then you can config it with cog button.

    ~ Jon
     
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    Do you have to sign your dang name after everything?
     
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    You have a problem with me signing my name? I believe it was you who asked for the help in the first place [​IMG]

    but then again i guess it is a noob-like thing to do I'll stop eventually...
     
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    Not a noob-like thing, it's arrogant. And it irritates me. And I'll try that way, see if maybe it works...
     
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    I tried, but when I add .nds and select the icon I want for it, it changes the name to .nd on the configuration window, and it still won't be displayed in the list of extensions.
     
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    I can show you how to add extensions manually but the method depends on which Windows OS you have. XP, Vista, or 7?

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    I'm on Win7 x64. Never would've expected that the OS actually matters.
     
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    It's Windows 7 for this topic. And yeah, they removed the easy way of doing it in 7. Dunno why...
     
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