Which DLL files have the system icons?

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Hello!

I recently installed Windows 11 in a virtual machine just to look at it and familiarize. I liked the new system icons, so I wanted to extract them using a utility such as Customizer God and be able to use it in Windows 10. I launched Customizer God but for some weird incompatibility reason loaded without displaying any application window, so it is useless. Compatibility mode to Windows 8 or whatever else made no difference. So I copied the known files, batmeter.dll, imageres.dll etc from Windows\System32 folder and tried to open them in Windows 10, only to get the message that "this file contains no icons"! Only pnidui.dll contained the Windows 10 familiar networking icons, so it is of no use, I have these already. All the other DLL files contain no icons! So does anyone knows which system files contain the system icons and how to extract or replace them? Thank you in advance.
 

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Normally imageres.dll.mun file or shell32.dll.mun file.
 

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Win10:
%systemroot%\system32\imageres.dll
%systemroot%\system32\shell32.dll
%systemroot%\system32\pifmgr.dll
%systemroot%\explorer.exe
%systemroot%\system32\accessibilitycpl.dll
%systemroot%\system32\ddores.dll
%systemroot%\system32\moricons.dll
%systemroot%\system32\mmcndmgr.dll
%systemroot%\system32\netcenter.dll
%systemroot%system32netshell.dll
%systemroot%\system32\networkexplorer.dll
%systemroot%\system32\pnidui.dll
%systemroot%\system32\sensorscpl.dll
%systemroot%\system32\setupapi.dll
%systemroot%\system32\wmploc.dll
%systemroot%\system32\wpdshext.dll
%systemroot%\system32\compstui.dll
%systemroot%\system32\ieframe.dll
%systemroot%\system32\dmdskres.dll
%systemroot%\system32\dsuiext.dll
%systemroot%\system32\mstscax.dll
%systemroot%\system32\wiashext.dll
%systemroot%\system32\comres.dll
%systemroot%\system32\mstsc.exe

Win11 ?

IcoFX, 1.6.4 - Free
 

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"this file contains no icons"
I use IcoFX.
If I open a dll as .dll - no icons(pic.1-2), you need to choose the type ico (pic.3-4)
Maybe.

+ %systemroot%\system32\imageres1.dll
 

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I tried to open imageres.dll, no icons. To double check I even tried to change the default icon of a shortcut with an icon from imageres.dll, there wasn't any. So the system icons in Windows 11 have to be in other files, not the usual DLL (batmeter.dll, imageres dll, stobject.dll etc)
 

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I tried to open imageres.dll, no icons. To double check I even tried to change the default icon of a shortcut with an icon from imageres.dll, there wasn't any. So the system icons in Windows 11 have to be in other files, not the usual DLL (batmeter.dll, imageres dll, stobject.dll etc)
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Hi there
@spapakons
@jbcarreon123

You can check manually -- bit of a pain but do-able.

Just create any desktop short cut .
In its properties go to change icon.

E.G Filezilla here as an example -- but any desktop short cut will do -->properties-->advanced
Browse to any program in the program dropdown you think has an ICON in it including dll's
Those that do will show a selectable list from which you can choose.

icons.png

For those who want a basic ICON creator you can still google for the last ICOFX FREE version before they "went Pro" --i.e PAY. Version I.6.4 -- still works perfectly for typical stuff - no need to buy latest version. GOOGLE for it if you want to use it. Working fine on W11.

ikon.png

I hate it when companies who offer Freeware suddenly go "All Pro" - especially if the basic free version does what I suspect here about 90% of users for this type of thing want. - I can understand need for Pro quality software as well with loads of extra features which a studio etc might want - but basic home users !!!!


Cheers
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This is helpful, thanks. I managed to find an unused 3D Objects folder icon and OneDrive folder icon!

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You need to look in fonts also: Ever since Windows 95, Microsoft Windows has used fonts as a low level resource to build the interface, instead of separate image files or embedded icons in executable files or dynamic link libraries. It all began with Marlett TTF:1625954480792.png

More recently in Windows 8 the SegoeUI font family has been used has been used for various elements of Windows 8 and in Windows 10 screen elements come from Segoe MDL2 Assets and Hololens MDL2 Assets, which may be stacked, colorized and animated, see the Windows document here:
 

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"Latest Windows 10 builds are using *.MUN files for storing resources, which are located in C:\Windows\SystemResources\*.mun -- that said, for the file C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll correct resource file path would be C:\Windows\SystemResources\shell32.dll.mun and you should be able to extract it the same way with 7-Zip."

PS E:\Temp> 7z x C:\Windows\SystemResources\shell32.dll.mun -oE:\Temp\_shell32


E:\Temp\_shell32\.rsrc\ICON

or IcoFX

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