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Windows 8 PDF reader icon path?

  1. #1


    Hvar, Croatia
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    64x Windows 8.1 Pro

    Windows 8 PDF reader icon path?


    Hi people! I've got a little problem.. I've changed the default icon for .pdf extension with another personal icon, and now I'd like to set it back to system's default Windows 8 PDF reader icon, but cannot find it. Help would be greatly appreciated

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    More info here:
    File Extension Icon - Change Default Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
    You should have made a backup (reg file) first to revert but finding what the default means will also help.

    If PDF is assigned to another program, the icon will also be changed.
    To revert to default in this case:
    Right click on pdf file: properties -> opens with... -> change: select reader from the list of known/recommended programs.

    Going to Control Panel -> Default Programs will also allow you to set Reader to it's defaults so the pdf will be assigned (but this will also assign the oxps format in case it's not set yet)
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  3. #3


    Hvar, Croatia
    Posts : 13
    64x Windows 8.1 Pro


    thanx Hopachi! unfortunately my problem is not solved with neither of these solutions I messed up this time actually the icon remains that of the unknown extension... no way I can find the path of the original icon,but still I can use the one provided by Adobe
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Take a look here:
    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Try the defaults for PDF files and it should fix the icon as well.

    Thanks to Shawn for all the great tutorials.
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  5. #5


    Hvar, Croatia
    Posts : 13
    64x Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yep, I did. Still without The icon. I tried that out after leaving .pdf extension empty (marked with system's unknown extension icon) in hope that it would be assigned but nothing happened. Registry settings are all fine, and probably system restore would make it look like before but there's too much things to take care of later on. I think that the icon can only be regenerated by Windows installation disk, which is not cost effective option to try out as it's easier to stick to an alternative. I don't have an idea on how to extract it out neither XD But thanks a lot for the advice
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  6. #6


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


    Quote Originally Posted by AVSIC View Post
    Yep, I did. Still without The icon. I tried that out after leaving .pdf extension empty (marked with system's unknown extension icon) in hope that it would be assigned but nothing happened. Registry settings are all fine, and probably system restore would make it look like before but there's too much things to take care of later on. I think that the icon can only be regenerated by Windows installation disk, which is not cost effective option to try out as it's easier to stick to an alternative. I don't have an idea on how to extract it out neither XD But thanks a lot for the advice

    Have you tried this :

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    Windows Reader has no .ico files.
    Only .png files.

    Here are all the red ones :

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    Hope they help.

    If you want them as .ico, here they are :

    New folder (2).zip
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  7. #7


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


    I forgot the file location.
    Here it is :

    C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Reader_6.2.8516.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\images

    In case you are wondering how I located it, see Picture :

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    To get the exact address :

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    Last edited by David Bailey; 04 Aug 2013 at 16:08.
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  8. #8


    Hvar, Croatia
    Posts : 13
    64x Windows 8.1 Pro


    Wow David you really did a great n extensive job instructing me But I tried it unfortunately,and I tried nearly everything I found on the net. The last option was to post here looking for some last hope lol.
    Nonetheless the path you showed me is quite a precious one,and I hoped that there finally is an .ico of what I look for somewhere around these folders.. But what I need is an icon that will change it's look from nice 256256 to a compact clean looking 1616 icon under 'list' or 'details' view assigned in folder options. You know what I mean... XD Yeah,I'm kind of a perfectionist with higher-than-basic understanding of computing but am stuck on finding that very icon...
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  9. #9


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


    It doesn't exist.
    I'll try to make one.
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  10. #10


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


    The following is an icon resource file.
    It contains 16x16,32x32,48x48,256x256 icons in true color & xp color.

    READER_RESOURCE.zip

    It is titled READER_RESOURCE.ico

    It's contents:

    Click image for larger version

    EDIT--

    An icon resource file is a SINGLE .ico file that contains various .ico files of different sizes & colors.
    You know what I mean.
    It will display nicely big or small as needed.
    I made it with Microangelo Studio.
    Nice icon program.
    Last edited by David Bailey; 04 Aug 2013 at 23:40.
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