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Windows 7: icon missing in shortcut and exe from xp

18 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
icon missing in shortcut and exe from xp

I have dual boot xp and Windows 7. I have a folder containing some exe and another folder with shortcut pointing to the corresponding exe in the first one. In xp, the icons are shown normally in both folders. In Windows 7, only a generic icon is used in both folders. Here is the screen extracts.

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I tried the change icon in the properties, but there is no icon displayed in Windows 7. I tried to remove the icon cache as mentioned in other threads here, but couldn't fix the problem. I tried this on both x64 and x32 system, still the same problem. I tried to use icon extractor software and it said no icon found from both exe and shortcut when running in Windows 7.

Appreciate any info/suggestion to fix the problem.

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18 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello senderj, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below to see if it will help and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to Change the Icon of a Shortcut in Windows 7
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18 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Thanks for the reply. But as I have said, I have already tried to "change icon in the properties". But no icon was found. The problem here is that, in xp, the exe has icon when selecting it in the properties. But in Windows 7, no icon was found when selecting it in the properties. That's what I meant.
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18 Mar 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

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18 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Please read my original post. I've already tried but still the same. My exe is very old. May be the way it store icon is out-dated for Windows 7. It works in xp and previous windows versions, but not in Windows 7. Anybody can confirm this?
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10 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Funny, I was having the same exact problem with some of the files you referenced, i.e. jezzball, or other WEP games. Also, Microsoft Arcade games - Asteroids, Battlezone, Tempest, DigDug. The icons embedded in the exe file simply did not show up in Windows 7, where they had always shown up in XP. After a lot of Googling, I finally wound up downloading a utility supposed to extract icons from exe files. It didn't work, but in doing so, I got the clue to sove the problem. I noticed that the utility readme said that it could only extract from 32 bit programs, and not 16 bit programs. I deduced that these programs are old 16 bit programs, which Windows 7 cannot extract the icons from.

Fortunately, I have another machine running XP, which recognizes the icons embedded in the 16 bit programs. So, my solution was to open the exe with Irfanview on the XP machine, which extracted the icon. I then saved that as an .ico file for each program. I put these icons on my Windows 7 PC, then changed icons for the shortcuts through the file properties. Now I am happy .

NOTE: Irfanview could not extract the icon when running on the Windows 7 PC!!

Maybe you could also solve this by running Windows 7 in XP compatibility mode or other such means which I have not tried.
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12 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1


Thanks for the reply. No wonder the extraction software didn't work on Windows 7. I'll give it a try on XP.
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