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Windows 7: Windows doesn't resize icons correctly

27 Sep 2012   #1
oredaze

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Windows doesn't resize icons correctly

Hello, my problem is some of the icons everywhere in windows (desktop, explorer ...) aren't being resized properly. For example, on the desktop, I have icon that has various scales like 48x48 and 64x64 (the default steps, and several other), but windows just refuses to acknowledge their existence and in stead downscales or upscales icons on it's own, resulting in uglyness. It has poor quality and doesn't choose correct image from the icon file no matter what size i set my desktop icons at.
It's like that in explorer too, for example in list view where they should be 16x16, it downscales from an other size, instead of choosing the existing 16x16 icon.

I have windows 7 ultimate x64.
Here is visual example.




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27 Sep 2012   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Oredaze, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For the icon to scale properly to all sizes, the icon needs to be a 256x256 Vista styled icon.

Vista Icons - Introducing Vista Icons - How to create Vista Icons

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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27 Sep 2012   #3
oredaze

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Is there any way to force it to use the size that I have? Because not all icons have 256x256.

Also I have fuzzy memories that on an other win 7 machine it displayed them properly, even if the icon only had 32x32 max.
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27 Sep 2012   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sorry, but no. You could select to use View -> Medium icons on the desktop instead to not have the smaller icon outlined like that.
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21 Oct 2012   #5
oredaze

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

I have installed Win 7 on another machine and I have to say - you are wrong, I don't need 256 icons at all. It resizes properly from other formats as well.

It only doesn't work on my laptop in question. Please see if there are any solutions again. I don't want to reinstall win. Thank you.
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21 Oct 2012   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I stated that it needs to be 256x256 Vista styled since that is best for it to always scale properly universally. Otherwise you could have instances where it may not, or the quality may not be as good if scaled up.

Please ZIP and upload your .ico file here, and I'll be happy to do some testing with it to see what the issue may be.

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23 Oct 2012   #7
oredaze

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Ok, so last night I did a bunch of things that I don't even remember and somehow it got fixed. I think the problem might have been cause the thumbnail cache file was missing, and windows didn't recreate it on it's own.

Also I noticed that the icon size steps in several places were not the standard 32 and then 48, for example in the superbar it was something in between. Maybe it's the resolution, I don't know. Windows is so automatic...
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23 Oct 2012   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm happy to hear that you got it working.

If you had reset the thumbnail cache, then that may have restored the hidden file.

Yeah, all those odd sizes in different places is the main reason I recommend a 256x256 Vista styled icon. Those seem to work best in all locations.
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