Using Customizer God to change system icons

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Hello!

There is a utility called Customizer God that can open any system file (exe or dll) and extract the icons or replace the icons with custom ones. I used that in Windows 10 to replace the ugly flat icons of Windows 10 with the respective icons from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 I first tried this utility on an Insider's Preview version of Windows 11 and didn't work, the application window was blank and I could do nothing but end task from Task Manager to close it. I then tried it on my main PC (see 2nd PC specs) running the official release of Windows 11, fully updated and it did run! I then tried to replace the network/WiFi icons by opening the file pnidui.dll in C:\Windows\System32 folder. The icons were replaced successfully without any incompatibility and then I restarted my computer to see the result. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi icon at the taskbar did not change, so it looks like Windows 11 uses a different system file for the network icons.

In Windows 10 most icons (folder icon etc) are in imageres.dll, network icons are in pnidui.dll, USB safe removal icon is in stobject.dll

Does anyone know which system files contains the system icons in Windows 11?

Thanks.
 
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Hello!

There is a utility called Customizer God that can open any system file (exe or dll) and extract the icons or replace the icons with custom ones. I used that in Windows 10 to replace the ugly flat icons of Windows 10 with the respective icons from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 I first tried this utility on an Insider's Preview version of Windows 11 and didn't work, the application window was blank and I could do nothing but end task from Task Manager to close it. I then tried it on my main PC (see 2nd PC specs) running the official release of Windows 11, fully updated and it did run! I then tried to replace the network/WiFi icons by opening the file pnidui.dll in C:\Windows\System32 folder. The icons were replaced successfully without any incompatibility and then I restarted my computer to see the result. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi icon at the taskbar did not change, so it looks like Windows 11 uses a different system file for the network icons.

In Windows 10 most icons (folder icon etc) are in imageres.dll, network icons are in pnidui.dll, USB safe removal icon is in stobject.dll

Does anyone know which system files contains the system icons in Windows 11?

Thanks.
if you want to use that software thats fine. But Im just giving my opinion here but go to Deviantart.com and download 7tsp. its a portable app. then find a 7tsp icon pack download that, then i place the 7tsp portable app somewhere like the main C:/ drive or like the Documents folder. Place the Icon pack which is in rar format in the same location of the software. Open 7tsp browse for the Icon rar file and install it. Done, easy and you can uninstall it through the portable app also.
 

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In Windows 10 most icons (folder icon etc) are in imageres.dll, network icons are in pnidui.dll, USB safe removal icon is in stobject.dll
That changed a couple of years ago. As I recall, the change started with Windows 10 Version 1803 and more & more icons moved over the next few Versions.

When you look at, say, C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll to chose an icon for a shortcut, Windows silently redirects you to C:\Windows\SystemResources\imageres.dll.mun
It is that collection of .mun files that now holds Windows icons.
Compare the sizes of C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll & C:\Windows\SystemResources\imageres.dll.mun to appreciate this.​
And you can, if you want, make a copy of an .mun then rename it back to a .dll then you'll be able to see its icons directly when trying to chose one for a shortcut etc.​

Customizer god has not been updated for years and it probably does not know how to work with the new icon files. This would account for the comment on its webpage about not being updated for v1903 & later.

All the best,
Denis
 
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I tried to open a .MUN file with Customizer God and it displayed all the icons. I wouldn't dare touch anything before taking a backup. I'll report back if I have succeeded.
 

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Unlike the .DLL files in C:\Windows\System32 Customizer God cannot modify directly the . MUN files in C:\Windows\SystemResources. So I copied the file imageres.dll.mun to another folder and replaced the icons. Then I restarted in Command prompt to rename the original file for backup and replace it with the modified file. Upon restart, success! Now I have Windows 8.1 system icons in Windows 11. I have not yet figured out which system files I must modify to replace the network and battery icons. Any help appreciated.
 

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Best battery replacement app is called Battery Mode
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I don't want to replace the battery app, I want to replace the battery/AC power icons with those of Windows 7 or 8.1 which were nicer. Anyone knows which .DLL or .MUN files contain the battery, network and speaker icons in Windows 11? Thanks.

PS: I have already tried to replace the icons in pnidui.dll for the network, but it didn't work. After restarting the Wi-Fi icons in the taskbar were unchanged. I opened the modified file, the icons were those of Windows 8.1, but in the taskbar were still the original Windows 11 icons.
 

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Just thought it would help if you couldn't find the answer
 

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