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Windows 7: Remove icons from Windows

18 Jan 2015   #1
despuit

Windows 7 - Home Edition - Build 7601x8086
 
 
Remove icons from Windows

Hello all is it possible to disable icons completely from windows?


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18 Jan 2015   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You need to describe more fully what you want.
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18 Jan 2015   #3
despuit

Windows 7 - Home Edition - Build 7601x8086
 
 

I want to disable the icons from showing, I did a bit of research I don't think you can remove them as the native files are too co-dependant on each other. However I would like to supress them from showing in explorer, and eventually other images that don't act as buttons. Though sticking to icons see below, I'd also want to supress them from context menus.

Now that you bring it up these would be the only places I'd like to supress them, initially I had wanted to remove all icons all together. However they're unobtrusive on the top right of programs, alt-tab they're actually useful if anything be gone with the text, and since I have been using the MyComputer location as my shell on start as a launch board with the Network Location folder. Icons would work really well there as well without text as highlighting shows locations. Though that is another issue for another day.


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18 Jan 2015   #4
doctore

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

The real question is why would you want to do that??

Doubt that one can completely remove icons, but alternatively you can create a custom icon that is just white space and use it wherever you want.
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18 Jan 2015   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You have to get to the right icon file. Here is a selection.

Windows 7 Files That Contain Icons - TechRepublic
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18 Jan 2015   #6
despuit

Windows 7 - Home Edition - Build 7601x8086
 
 

@doc this is a good solution, though the space would be left there and it would take awhile. @whs thanks for the reply, I was thinking of going this route but wasn't sure if it would work or not had I spent the time deleting all the icons from the files. Would this take out the spacing for explorer? And would this cause any issues for the stability of the OS? (Eg. just delete the image files, or could I delete the main folders [ICON/ICON GROUP] without sh** hitting the fan)
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18 Jan 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here you are on your own. I have never done that and I do not know what the ramifications are. I am a vanilla guy for things like that. No point in wasting my time on such a 'tune-up', LOL.
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18 Jan 2015   #8
despuit

Windows 7 - Home Edition - Build 7601x8086
 
 

lol no problem, I fixate. I am guessing if the icons are deleted the dependencies will just develop error, they're images so I doubt it is any crucial. Will give it a shot. Thanks every one for the help
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18 Jan 2015   #9
despuit

Windows 7 - Home Edition - Build 7601x8086
 
 

UPDATE: No do not delete the icons/icons groups blindly. I deleted them out of IMAGERES as a starting point and it removed my login boxes. Fascinating yes, however that was it for the computer. Safe mode was completely rendered useless for some reason as well. Was able to copy the file back. But thought I'd let you know. Am going to use both your ideas.
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18 Jan 2015   #10
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

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Would this take out the spacing for explorer?
Except for a few rare cases, no.

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And would this cause any issues for the stability of the OS?
It is highly probable that it would.

Applications and Windows components have every right to expect that these icons will be there and will almost universally assume that they are. Some applications at least will react very badly if they are not. Results will be unpredictable.

You are attempting some pretty radical changes to Windows and you must expect the worst.

Edit: Do not assume that Safe more will help in restoring operation. "Safe" is only relative. When you start ripping out portions of Windows nothing is safe.
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