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It's easy to change the icon of a shortcut file but it's possible to change the icon of a program file (e.g .exe) on Windows Xp?

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On a Mac, changing icons might invalidate the software's code signing signature, which (in the future?) might prevent network access or software updates. At least, that is what some tried to scare me with but I've not seen problems yet. Chealion once pointed out that a broken signature on the Mac's Keychain Access application will stop access to stored secrets;… – Arjan Jan 9 '10 at 16:10

Sure. There are tools on the web called Resource Editors with which you can edit icons, dialog boxes and strings in an exe file. Try 'Resource Hacker' in google :)

note: before changing files with ResHack, always create a backup of the original.

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+1, but bear in mind some applications won't like it, and any updates will likely revert your changes. – Phoshi Jan 9 '10 at 15:18
But you can not change every .exe's icon because most of them are locked. – NT. Jan 9 '10 at 16:26

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