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When changing shortcut icons it's useful to know which DLLs and EXEs included with Windows contain icons, but there are so many DLLs (especially in System32) that it's difficult to find the ones which contain useful icons.

Which DLLs or EXEs included with Windows (any flavor) contain icons?

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up vote 25 down vote accepted

Use IconsExtract from NirSoft.

It scans a folder you select and can list any icons and files which contain icons.

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Nice! I will make sure to check that out. Beats searching through DLLs manually. – Emanuel May 20 '10 at 19:39
Nir Sofer never disappoints. :-) – Gnarfoz Sep 25 '15 at 19:30

Big ones:

%windir%\system32\shell32.dll           Standard
%windir%\System32\wmploc.DLL            OK
%windir%\system32\setupapi.dll          OK, Hardware / Periphals
%windir%\system32\ddores.dll            OK, lot of devices
%windir%\System32\ieframe.dll           IE and warnings, mixed ugly
%windir%\system32\netshell.dll          Ugly and non ugly
%windir%\System32\imageres.dll          Ugly, New ones
%windir%\System32\pifmgr.dll            Ugly, Win95 Ones
%windir%\System32\moricons.dll          Ugly, very old
%windir%\System32\mmcndmgr.dll          Ugly, Very old
%windir%\System32\compstui.dll          Ugly, Very old

Small ones:

%windir%\system32\gameux.dll            Some gaming icons
%windir%\system32\mmres.dll             Audio
%windir%\system32\mstscax.dll           Warnings
%windir%\System32\netcenter.dll         Network
%windir%\System32\pnidui.dll            Ugly Exlamations
%windir%\system32\SensorsCpl.dll        Handheld devices
        - provided as a free download for Win7 owners
%windir%\system32\wmp.dll               Media player
%windir%\system32\wpdshext.dll          Battery and arrows
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Emanuel, Can I complete that list or you want me to make another post? I like to share knowledge, that's all. – e-motiv Aug 4 '15 at 19:57
Feel free to add more – Emanuel Aug 5 '15 at 0:21
Done. I hope you don't mind the re-ordering and adding comments. – e-motiv Aug 5 '15 at 15:57
I couldn't find the Device Manager's icon in the above files. Any idea where it may be? (Using Win 8.1) – akinuri Feb 7 at 0:25
Some heroes don't wear capes – Pilpel Apr 30 at 11:10

The classic additional icon repository of Win95 is %SystemRoot%\system32\moricons.dll. The file is still included with Windows 7.

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Win95 ????????? – harrymc May 19 '10 at 7:55
Or maybe it was Win98, don't remember any more. The one that had real DOS underneath... Actually, I think those icons are/were basically for DOS programs. – Jawa May 19 '10 at 8:00
I noticed that on my Win7 it's still there! – Emanuel May 20 '10 at 19:37
It is on my VM with Windows 3.1, so it has been around at least since then. – ctype.h Sep 22 '13 at 22:51
...and it still exists as of Windows 10. – bwDraco Oct 1 '15 at 15:02

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