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Windows 7: How can I change my game icons that I click to play the game?

05 Feb 2011   #1
firelance69

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How can I change my game icons that I click to play the game?

My icons were crap when I installed the game and want to change them, but it says the picture has to be an icon. How do I do this?


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05 Feb 2011   #2
maranello

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

try this site, just upload your standard picture file and it will convert it to an ico file

Online Pic To Icon Converter , Website Favicon, Windows Icon, XP Icon, Vista Icon, iPhone Icon, and Android Icon.
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05 Feb 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Firelance,

In addition, the tutorial below may be able to help show you how to change it's icon.

Shortcut - Change Icon

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Feb 2011   #4
firelance69

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank guys. One more question if you can answer, do you have an estimated guy about how much pixels a normal game icon may have?
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05 Feb 2011   #5
Rhammstein

HP Win7 Pro x64 | Custom Win7 Pro x64
 
 

There's a limit but someone else will need to answer.

I just wanted to add, if you like box art a lot, if you browse to Windows Games Explorer, where it lists the games you've installed, and you drag and drop from there you can use these icons, which are often nice and almost never used on the desktop
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05 Feb 2011   #6
maranello

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

depends on what type of icon display mode u use, small, medium or big... every size has its own limitation

use this link to view the exact sizes
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11 Feb 2011   #7
Julio Cortez

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 Windows XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by firelance69 View Post
Thank guys. One more question if you can answer, do you have an estimated guy about how much pixels a normal game icon may have?
Usually an icon file contains more than one image, to be able to re-scale it without trouble. The images in the icons, as far as I know, usually range from 16 to 256 pixels and from 4bpp to 24bpp + alpha.

And, if you want to create icons while you're offline, a good free program to create an icon file from a png (which supports also alpha channel) is IcoFX. You may want to give it a try!!

Just launch IcoFX, load the png you want to use as an icon then click the Windows "orb-like" button on the toolbar. IcoFX would usually take care of the rest for you
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