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Windows 7: icon dll files not recognized


24 Apr 2014   #1

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icon dll files not recognized

When I recently moved from XP to Win 7, I copied over a few dll files containing icons, but Win 7 doesn't seem to recognize them as such. I tried using an old program I had on the XP, IcoFx, as well as IconsExt, Icons From Files, and IconViewer, but none are effective.

With IconViewer installed, the Icons tab does appear on the Properties sheet for shell32.dll, but not for the other dll files. The other three programs I tried report that there are no icons in the dll file. Everything still looks okay on my XP machine (which I miss).

Any ideas why these dll files are not recognized for what they actually are?

Thanks
EdP

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26 Apr 2014   #2

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Welcome to Seven Forums Ed. Specifically what are you trying to do? Replace 7 system files with those from XP? Are you just trying to change certain icons, and if so, which ones? A Guy
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27 Apr 2014   #3

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Hi, Guy...
Thanks for responding.

Specifically, all I'm trying to do is replace a shortcut icon with an icon from a DLL file.

I organize my desktop by creating folders containing shortcuts to applications I often use. I like to apply relevant icons to those folders and have become accustomed to what the icons represent.

Some of the icons I use are .ICO files which I've applied to these shortcuts with no problem.

Others are icons embedded in one of several DLL files I have. In XP, if one of these DLL files is selected when changing an icon, the icons in the DLL file are displayed and can be selected just like the icons embedded in SHELL32.DLL.

However, in Win 7 if I select one of my DLL files its icons are not displayed, but this message is: "The file path\fn.DLL contains no icons."

And, as I indicated in my original post, icon extraction programs are unable to find any icons in these files.

EdP
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27 Apr 2014   #4

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Were these dll's created using a particular program? Often, although they appear to be regular dlls, windows cannot open them without the original program. These dlls are something you created, or they are from a program not installed in 7, or?

This could also be a permissions issue, either taking ownership, and/or security.

If you like, zip up the dlls and attach it here and we can have a look.

A Guy
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28 Apr 2014   #5

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Guy ...

I don't know what program created these dll's - they're files I found back in the 90's and have been using in XP.

I read the instructions on how to attach a file and 7-zipped two of them to upload, but nothing happens when I click on the paper clip.

EdP
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28 Apr 2014   #6

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I don't see 7-zip on the list of attachments accepted. It may only accept zips, and they must be less then 8Mb. A Guy
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28 Apr 2014   #7

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Thank you for your patience.

Actually, 7Zip can create an archive in zip, 7z, tar, and wim formats. I chose zip.

But I never even got far enough for the forum to know what I wanted to attach because, according to the instructions, clicking the paper clip starts the file upload process which has to happen before specifying where in the post to attach the file.

But I just realized why the paper clip AND the Manage Attachments button were inactive. I have the FireFox NoScript Add-on active and didn't notice that it was barring those options. It's not the first time and it's beginning to get to me.

The file:
icon-dll.zip

EdP


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28 Apr 2014   #8

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Hmmm, they don't appear to be actual dll files. Resource Hacker reports they are not valid Win32 executable file. Universal extractor reports it is not a valid PE file (Portable Executable). Do you still have the XP PC? If so, I'd try and extract the icons and save them in .ico format. Either these files are corrupt, or were created by a program and given the dll extension, but are not actual dlls.

Name:  Win32.jpg
Views: 13
Size:  10.1 KB

Name:  PE.jpg
Views: 14
Size:  21.5 KB

I'll also post to the Gurus, see if anyone else has any ideas. A Guy


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28 Apr 2014   #9
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Can you show an example of the icon of what program it's for? I or someone else may be able to make one that will work in Windows 7.

It may not be compatible with Windows 7.
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29 Apr 2014   #10

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Very odd.

Using XP SP3, IcoFx extracts the icons from those DLL files, but with a warning message that it's not a 32-bit file, only the 32x32 image will be extracted, and the transparency will be lost.
Using Win 7, IcoFx reports there are no icons in the file.
Curioser and curioser.

Using XP, I was able to extract an icon as an .ico file and the transparency was indeed lost. I invoked IcoFx in Win 7, opened that icon, and drew in the transparency myself. This is what I'll do for other icons I'm hardheaded about having.

FWIW - I'm using the old (free) version 1.6; IcoFx is now at 2.6 and is no longer free.
I think I've wasted enough of your time on this. Others must have much more urgent problems.

Thanks very much for your time, effort, and expertise, Guy. And Britton - thanks for the generous offer.

EdP
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