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Windows 7: assigning a icon to a file type in W7 64 bit?


30 Jul 2011   #1

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
assigning a icon to a file type in W7 64 bit?

I found an app that allows you to easily do this because i wanted to change mp3 files to thier own icon and have each file type have thier own. At least as far as the most commonly used meadi file types like wav, avi, mp3, etc. Unfortunately, while the app i downloaded works, if i assign a certain icon to say mp3 files, all media files get the same icon. Is this something i can't change in 7 unlike XP and previous windows where wavs mp3s and avi's all had thier own icons? Is there a way to do this?


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30 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dazco,

You could use the tutorial below to change the icon used for any single file extension.

File Extension Icon - Change Default Icon

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Jul 2011   #3

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, but for some reason it didn't work. I used the 64 bit version of that icon viewer app, i am quite familiar with editing the registry so i didn't go to the wrong place etc. Used the same icon library dll as was already in the modify window so all i had to change was the icon number. And yes, i left the dash there. But i clicked ok, restarted the pc and still the icon remains as before. Open regedit and the number i used is still there but nothing has changed as far as the icon shown for mp3 files.
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30 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Did you try both step 3 and 4 incase one may work while the other didn't?
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30 Jul 2011   #5

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I DO have mp3's associated with a different player than default. But when i look at step 4 I don't understand what it mean. The instructions seem poorly explained, or else maybe i'm just spacing, i dunno. But next to Progid the data is "Applications\mplayerc.exe", or the player i have mp3's associated with. I wasn't sure what to do, but i tried to change that to what it shows in the tutorial regardless of whether that was juts an example or what top see what happens, but it give an error and won't accept it.
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30 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Dazco,

I added OPTION ONE to the tutorial that should be able to change the icon for you now.

File Extension Icon - Change Default Icon
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30 Jul 2011   #7

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I'm confused because when i click the link it says "option 2".

EDIT: i tried that filetypes man but like the first app i tried that i found myself before i posted here, it changes all files associated with a given program to the same icon. In other words, i have media player classic associated to many in fact i think ALL media files, audio or video. So if i change mp3's icon, all media files change to that. I want to have different icons for each file type like in XP.
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30 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

The program you used to open .mp3 file with must have changed something. When I use the program FileTypesMan in Option One to change the icon of my .mp3 files, it only changes it for that file extension and no other file extension.
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30 Jul 2011   #9

windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I did find a option in it that has to do with this, and i got it to work to some degree. What i mean by that is i got avi and mp3 to use different icons, but i'm now having a lot of wierd things happening when i try and get the file types associated with certain icons. Tried for example to give AVI a certain video style icon and it worked with one, but the other gave it a blank white icon. Well, anyways it was like you said in the program options. Thanks, good call.

Got the weirdness sorted, so its all good now. thanks much for the help !
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30 Jul 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Dazco. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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