I'm talking about simple white icons that appears on start screen. I want to use them on shortcuts. So, I need a file or .dll that contains metro icons.

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    Are you trying to use them in your own application? I wouldn't advise doing that since Microsoft no doubt has a copyright on them. – Ramhound Oct 19 '12 at 10:42
  • No, I doesn't have my own app yet. Just to change icons on folders and so on. I've found some icons here C:\Windows\System32\twinui.dll but not what I wanted. – yakunins Oct 19 '12 at 10:46
  • What are you trying to achieve exactly with these images? – Ramhound Oct 19 '12 at 13:46
  • I have a directory called "Maps" on my desktop and want to set a proper (white) icon. Also I have Restart command shortcut on my start menu and want to set a good icon on it. – yakunins Oct 19 '12 at 15:50
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    They are called "tiles" now, not icons. – Moab Oct 19 '12 at 18:50

They are located in %windir%\System32\imageres.dll

  • Helped me to set a "My Pictures" icon on my own pictures folder. Thanks. – user31389 Sep 19 '14 at 17:47
  • This is the same for Windows 10. – dkanejs Dec 14 '15 at 13:01

While this isn't the "official" icons, there is the alternative of creating them through Syncfusion's Metro Studio v2 (which is currently free):

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Syncfusion Metro Studio is a collection of over 1700 Metro-style icon templates that can be easily customized to create thousands of unique Metro icons.

There are tons of icons already made, and you can create your own:

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  • Nice answer! +1 – studiohack Oct 20 '12 at 3:55
  • I can use Photoshop to create any icon I want, or try to find them on google. But I'm looking for just a file with native Microsoft Windows 8 icons in c:/windows – yakunins Oct 21 '12 at 23:47

There are several files:

  • C:\Windows\System32\DDORes.dll

Screenshot of DDORes.dll icons

  • C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll

Screenshot of imageres.dll icons

  • C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll

Screenshot of shell32.dll icons

  • C:\Windows\System32\dmdskres.dll

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  • C:\Windows\System32\comres.dll

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  • C:\Windows\System32\mmsres.dll

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  • C:\Windows\System32\setupapi.dll

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  • C:\Windows\explorer.exe

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  • C:\Windows\System32\pifmgr.dll -> This ones dates back to Win95

Screenshot of pifmgr.dll icons

Listed are the ones I've found that come included in Windows 8 / Windows 8.1, does anyone know of others?

  • This looks like an excellent answer. It was at -1. Or did the edit fix a previous issue? – Xodarap777 Jul 24 '15 at 4:54
  • With Windows 95, 98, ME, I used c:/windows/progman.exe and it was full of the exact icons I need. I can't find anything similar in Win8 – SDsolar Jul 8 '17 at 8:27

I just found that here: XAML Icons

Helped me a lot and is much cheaper than Metro Studio.

Search view Random icons Icon editor XAML Code

  • Welcome to SuperUser. Thanks for your answer I removed the salutation as we want answers to stand on their own. – Brad Patton May 29 '13 at 15:12
  • Nice site you found :) – yakunins May 30 '13 at 0:20

Try using the Run command and the following folder -


When the folder opens it will be blank, but do a search using *.ico and the favicon files should appear.

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