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09 Feb 2010  

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Getting custom icons to display nicely ?

Something has haunted me ever since WinXP.
If I change the default icon for a file type, or if I change the default program for a filetype, or even if I restore the default program for a file type after it was hijacked by a third application, the icon image is displayed "inside" a blank icon template.

This seems to be MS way of telling me that this file type has been altered. While that may be a nice intention, it looks dead ugly and I don't want to see it anymore.

In the image below, the Photoshop PSD-icon looks the way it should. But the Adobe Illustrator AI-icon looks weird because the extension was hijacked by another program and I was forced to reset the file association to Adobe Illustrator. But that did not return the original display of the icon which was identical to the PSD-icon (apart from colour and text, of course).

How can I get my old icon back?
I am willing to edit the registry if I have to.


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