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In previous versions of Windows when I right click on a shortcut and dived in to change the icon the initial list populated with a whole catalog of default icons.

On Windows 7 (RTM) here is what I see:

Icons in Windows 7

I found those icons useful when making shortcuts to web applications.

Any idea where I can find them?! I had a little "Browse..." but couldn't find much.

Edit:

You've all so far provided excellent answers, thanks - unfortunately I can't pick you all as the right one! :( Three of the files you mentioned have had equally useful sets of DLLs:

%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll
%SystemRoot%\system32\DDORes.dll
%SystemRoot%\System32\moricons.dll (MS DOS Icons)
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note that it's illegal to share these icons –  jberger May 2 '12 at 16:07
    
to easily find, preview and save such icons (from dll, exe etc) see this aplication –  cipricus Sep 17 '13 at 9:13

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In the box that says “Look for icons in this file:”, type or browse to: %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll

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The can be all over the place. For example, browse to this location ...

C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll

But, they can be in any DLL, EXE or ICO file. You can also download cool ones.

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ImageRex.dll started with Vista, and provides the new, high-resolution, 256x256 icons. Shell32.dll maintains icons that have been around for over a decade (including the MS-DOS icon :) ) –  Ian Boyd Mar 2 '10 at 19:22

Additionally, lots of device icons are stored here:

%SystemRoot%\System32\DDORes.dll

and high res stuff from devices and printers (potentially) here:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Device Metadata\dmrccache\
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There are more than 1,000 icons in total in these files:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.Dll
  • C:\Windows\Explorer.Exe
  • C:\Windows\System32\AccessibilityCpl.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\Ddores.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\GameUx.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\MorIcons.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\mmcndmgr.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\mmRes.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\NetCenter.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\netshell.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\networkexplorer.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\PifMgr.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\PniDui.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\SensorsCpl.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\SetupApi.Dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\wmploc.DLL
  • C:\Windows\System32\wpdshext.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\DDORes.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\compstui.dll
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There are 113 additional icons in:

%SystemRoot%\System32\moricons.dll
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Looking for a new ICON for an application on your Windows 7 screen? Goto the bottom of your screen and click on "Start".

In the Search Programs and Files box, enter *.ico. Above it, you will see - "see more results" -select it and then select "Computer". Your Windows 7 search engine will then find and show you EVERY ICON that's in your computer - sit back, this might take a minute or two (you've got Icons scattered all over your computer). To put them ALL in one place, after your search engine stops, copy them ALL into a single folder and they'll always be available for you. Have fun everyone...

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This is a true power user answer –  itcouldevenbeaboat Oct 20 '13 at 14:14
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I don't think that this won't show icons hidden away in DLL files though –  starbeamrainbowlabs Jul 5 at 17:12

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