Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


How to restore default icons of a program

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    How to restore default icons of a program


    Hello guys.

    I have a program called 3ds max 2015 and so every .max file (proper extension of that program) have this icon: Screenshot by Lightshot

    Yesterday I installed 3ds max 2013 (a previous version of the program) and when the installation finished, it automatically changed the icon of every .max file from Screenshot by Lightshot to this other one Screenshot by Lightshot
    Furthemore, every .max file got openable with 3ds max 2013 and no longer with 3ds max 2015. What a disaster...

    So, at this point, I wanted to restore the 3ds max 2015 as default program to open those file and as default icon for those.
    I simply right-clicked one of those files and then "Open with...". Here, I've chosen the .exe of 3ds max 2015.

    AT THIS POINT, the .max files are now openable with 3ds max 2015 BUT the icons haven't restored! The icons after this process are blank: this because when I chose the 3ds max 2015 .exe, the latter has no icon.

    So now, how can I restore the icons for .max files? Please it's important =(

    Thanks in advance!

    P.S: I've already tried with Default File Type Associations - Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums but it doesn't work at all

    =(

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Did you try reinstalling the 2015 version? It should set the file association and icon during the install and keep any settings. But make a restore point before the install just in case.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 w/ Pro Pack


    If reinstalling the 2015 version doesn't work, try using FileTypesMan to assign the default icon for that extension.

    If it still doesn't display the icon you want, try clearing the icon cache. In Windows 8, the process to do that is a bit more involved than in previous versions. After deleting the necessary iconcache files, restart and let Windows rebuild the icon database. Hopefully that will give you the icon you need.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

How to restore default icons of a program
Related Threads
Solved Default Icons in Customization
Hi all, I have been customising my laptop. I was just wondering if there was any way to change the default icon on the system library folders (music, downloads etc) I would like to keep them and not get rid of them via reg etc. I have changed all the drive icons via registry...
Solved Cannot set a PDF default program in Software and Apps
Hi, I cannot setup a program to open up PDF files on default. EXPLORER all ways ask me to choose between 3 options: Nitro Pro 9 Reader (MS app) Word (Desktop)
Default program issue in Software and Apps
Please could anyone offer me some assistance with a little problem I have with my computer. I have reinstalled the operating system Windows 8.1 Pro and since then am unable to change the default programs. Whenever I click to change program I get a message on the top right that says "You have new...
Im working on relocating the remaining metro apps I havent been able to remove and I believe I've found the way to do it!! Problem is - most of them link to a blank file of sorts (if you check the properties). I intend to create shortcuts based on said file, then change the icon to match what...
Hi I Don t know how to explained very Well but my problem is the windows stop showing the icons for Me and i think the problem started from the default program in the past the default program Is like this pic 36449 but now changed to this pic 36450 and the icon stop showing so is there any...
Solved Default desktop icons for all users in Installation & Setup
Hoping Brink will be out there to answer this one. Hello Brink, for Windows 7, you released some registry entries to add My Computer/User Folders/Control Panel onto the desktop for all users, which I've incorporated into an image to use with MDT. I'm wondering if you have something similar...
All, How can I restore my Windows 8 default icons? I installed a program that changed my icons. Thanks, Grim
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook