I have looked all over the place with no success.
I'm wondering how I can change the default icon that windows shows when an exe file does not have an icon contained within it. I am also trying to change the icon that appears when windows doesn't recognize a file extension. Please note that I am not looking for a way to change an icon in an exe file.
I have looked in the registry
HKCU\Software\Classes with no success.
Also, Windows 7 claims to be using the first icon in
shell32.dll for unknown file types, but the icon in
shell32.dll doesn't match the icon that windows 7 displays.
Any help would be much appreciated!
EDIT: I found out that the icons are located in
imageres.dll. I haven't looked through the registry yet to see if it's referenced anywhere.
EDIT 2: Thanks to the information provided by jay, I decided to change the
DefaultIcon key for the
Unknown file type to another icon file, and Explorer displayed the icon I specified! Apparently, Windows replaces references to icons in the
shell32.dll file with icons from
imageres.dll. Also, as far as I know, the default icon for exe files is not referenced in the registry and is hard coded into a system dll file.