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There's an image in the VS2010 stock icon pack which is only included as a PNG, which I would like to use as an ICO (I want XP and earlier users to see the icon). How can I convert the PNG into the ICO?

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For one-off tasks I usually just cheat: ConvertICO.com .

If you will be doing this fairly often, you may want to consider the free Photoshop plugin.

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Holy crap -- that's one of the world's most awesome services! +1 (and check in 7 mins...) –  Billy ONeal Dec 31 '10 at 18:16

There's also the Paint.NET ICO plugin.

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+1 And it's free. (Paint.NET and the plugin.) –  muntoo Dec 31 '10 at 18:48

Here is another web service for conversion to ico

http://converticon.com/

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Install ffmpeg from: Windows: http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/ OSX: http://ffmpegmac.net/

From the shell, use the following command to convert PNG to ICO.

ffmpeg -i img.png img.ico

Also if you use ffmpeg regularly, don't forget to add it your PATH variable.

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Please provide context to your answer. Is ffmpeg supplied with Windows? How do I install it if it isn't? As it stands, your answer (though technically accurate) is not of a high enough quality. –  user3463 Nov 23 '13 at 0:16

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