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Windows 7: need help restoring the default icon for iconless exe files

04 Dec 2013   #1
Diddy7Kong

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
need help restoring the default icon for iconless exe files

if that makes sense, I have ran iconpackager to make my icons for brres, brstm, bin, brsar, thp, pac, pcs, rel, and gct files easier to spot out since the program that opens them gives them all the same icon, and iconpackager never screwed around with my icons at all, or in the past,


the problem here now, is idk what is responsable for it, but any exe files that weren't given an icon in the app's developement, are all blank sheet icons instead, so its an eyesore for me when i fumble through folders and zips with unaccociated files mixed with exe files and all i see are blank sheets, i quickly sort past them, wondering where the exe files are, and i cant change them back to the one in the system shell when its right there T_T

and even iconpackager wont let me change the icon for exe type files because it says i cannot change that, it will however, let me change the icon of just ONE exe file at a time which isnt what i want to do, because thats not defaulting the icons for all of them

here is how an application appears on my computer if it doesnt have an icon, and how they look sitting next to files like sfks and junk




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08 Dec 2013   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You might try restoring the default exe association. I'm unsure if that will work as you apparenly altered it with the iconpackager somehow.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

A Guy
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10 Dec 2013   #3
Diddy7Kong

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

just did that, the icon is still screwed up, i reset default icons with iconpackager and it reset everything, cleared my customs... didnt change exe, the program also does not let me change the icon for exe files ONLY
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10 Dec 2013   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Run the System File Checker. That should reset default.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Note it will reset your customizations as well

warning   Warning
Be aware that if you have modified your system files as in theming explorer/system files, running sfc /scannow will revert the system files such as explorer.exe back to it's default state. Make the appropriate backups of your system files that you have modified for theming if you wish to save them before running sfc /scannow.


A Guy
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12 Dec 2013   #5
Diddy7Kong

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

tried that and rebooted the comp, it didnt help
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12 Dec 2013   #6
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Try rebuilding the icon cache

Icon Cache - Rebuild

Might try refreshing the thumbnail cache as well, although unlikely

Thumbnail Cache - Clear and Reset

A Guy
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13 Dec 2013   #7
Diddy7Kong

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

neither worked, i really dont want to have to wipe my drive clean and reinstall windows JUST to fix something small like this, but its bugging me ALOT
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13 Dec 2013   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

If you get there, try a Repair Install, it will preserve your files and programs.

Repair Install

A Guy
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18 Jan 2014   #9
Diddy7Kong

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

repair install freezes and rolls back at 99% all the time, cant do that,

only factory wipe clean install fixed it

found out iconpackager is doing the icon mess because problem reoccurred when i used it, and it was the very first thing i used when i factory reset my laptop, but i dont want to lose my custom icons for multiple formats that use the same exact icon for the one program that opens them, how can i manually, forcefully set the icon setting for blank exe files back?
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19 Jan 2014   #10
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'll post for others to look here, but Iconpackager is the cause, so using it again will obviously result in the same problem, difficult to fix.

A Guy
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