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Location of stock desktop icons in Windows 8

  1. #1

    Posts : 17
    Windows 8

    Location of stock desktop icons in Windows 8

    I created a shortcut in Windows 8 that need to change the default generic icon.
    I can't seem to find the file or folder where Windows 8 has the default set of desktop icons.
    For Windows 7, I can point to C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll - where I can then see a nice set of icon choices.
    Does anyone know which system file or folder the default set of Window 8 desktop icons are located?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 21,860
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Techman,

    It depends on what icon you were wanting. What is the shortcut for? I may be able to help find one that'll make a nice icon for it.
    Last edited by Brink; 13 May 2015 at 20:22. Reason: typo
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  3. #3

    Lots here: %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll
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  4. #4

    Posts : 2,613
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    same file name also in 7, 8, 10 - C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll
    10 has some nice folder icons
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  5. #5

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    For a wider variety than Windows offers you could search Google for "free icons".
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  6. #6

    Posts : 17
    Windows 8

    Thanks everyone, I was just looking for a location with a wide assortment like in Windows 7.
    The shell32.dll path was perfect. I only wish they were high resolution, but yes as advised I may look online for some icon packs
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