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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? (I'm looking for any files included with Windows really, so they don't have to be DLLs or EXEs, as long as they can be used with shortcuts).

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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

I know of these:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
%SystemRoot%\system32\accessibilitycpl.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\ddores.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\gameux.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll
%SystemRoot%\System32\mmcndmgr.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\mmres.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\mstscax.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\netshell.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\networkmap.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\pifmgr.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\SensorsCpl.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\setupapi.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\UIHub.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\vpc.exe
    - not physically shipped with Windows 7, but
      provided as a free download for Win7 owners
%SystemRoot%\system32\wmp.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\wmploc.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\wpdshext.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\wucltux.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\xpsrchvw.exe 
    - not sure if this one comes with Windows or Office
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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
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I noticed that on my Win7 system....so 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

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