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Windows 7: Open Application Toolbar and Context Menu Icon - Fix

23 Nov 2009   #59
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Open Application Toolbar and Context Menu Icon - Fix

How to Fix the Windows Explorer "Open" Application Toolbar and Context Menu Icon in Windows 7

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19 Feb 2012   #60
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Achilleus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
Okay

Just to check.
- You didn't rename the .ico file did you and it is unblocked
- For sure its in C:\Windows\System32
- You merged the .reg file and rebooted/Logged on-off

You could manually check in regedit that the key is there and is identical to the manual method in Shawns tutorial. If all the above is correct rerun the icon cache rebuild just to be sure.

To be honest I'm out of suggestions. Brink may be able to add something when hes online later as he created the tutorial.

Sorry mate I see no reason why it wouldn't have worked for you.
Double check the above and let us know.
At last, it worked like a charm.
I knew it, I had done this fix many times on my 32bit OS, but I stumbled when I found I can't fix it as before. It was tricky. I was using Tera Copy as my Copy handler. I thought I copied Application_icon.ico to system32, when I was rechecking the file by pasting the file again, Tera Copy shows that the file already exists in System32 and asks me whether it wanted to overwrite it. So, I was sure, the file really exists there. But, when I checked System32 folder manually, the file doesn't exist! I was & ! Then I disabled Tera Copy and used the default Windows file copy handler & the file copied without any prompt to overwrite it.
Then I killed the Explorer.exe process and started it again. Voila!!!

The problem solved. But, I'm still confused with Tera Copy's response. Why it didn't copy the file and asks me to overwrite the file which in fact the file doesn't exist.Unusual!

Thanks to Danny & Brink for helping me.
Again, Brink, you're doing a fantastic job as Microsoft Valued Pro & being Site's Admin.

Take Care
Thats good news not only for you but for my sanity also

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03 Apr 2012   #61
drugo

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

wow
thanks
but why does it happen ?
i mean no icon for exe
is normal? or my Windows 7 is not healthy

i asked here explorer , open exe without icon , is it normal?
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03 Apr 2012   #62
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Drugo,

It's just that way by default in Windows 7. It's a minor little bug.

The first icon in the icon library of the default file that Windows 7 uses for this icon just happens to be that one. The tutorial uses a workaround to change this so that it will use the "Application_Icon.ico" instead.
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03 Apr 2012   #63
drugo

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Drugo,

It's just that way by default in Windows 7. It's a minor little bug.

The first icon in the icon library of the default file that Windows 7 uses for this icon just happens to be that one. The tutorial uses a workaround to change this so that it will use the "Application_Icon.ico" instead.
thanks Brink, you are number one!

microsoft should pay you gold

do you think future hotfixes would fix it?

for now i use your great fix!
again can't give you reputation
thanks
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03 Apr 2012   #64
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Drugo. It might get fixed one day by an update.
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03 Dec 2012   #65
hexaae

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Alternative version with empty context-menu (just "Open") and program icon for the toolbar. More standard look



Copy dummy_icon in C:\Windows and set it as

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
"EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00
"Icon"="%WINDIR%\\dummy_icon,-17"


Attached Files
File Type: zip dummy_icon.zip (30.8 KB, 65 views)
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03 Dec 2012   #66
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you for the addition hexaae.
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26 Jan 2013   #67
modernmaid

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Add path to .ico file in registry key

Brink (or anybody else who knows)

When adding the path to an .ico file (or to an icon in an .exe or .dll file) in the registry key; for example in step 8 of the tutorial it says something like:

NOTE
: If you like, you could also enter the full path of a different icon (.ico file) that you would like to use instead with ",-1" (no quotes) at the end like below.

%Windir%\System32\Application_Icon.ico,-1,

or you might use

%Windir%\System32\imageres.dll,-15

Why do you put a minus sign ("-") in front of the number that is the icon number in the file?

I've used IconViewer to look thru many .exe and .dll files in search of icons and while the icons almost always have a number (some just say mainicon instead of having a number) I've never seen an icon number with a minus sign in front of it.

Also, I've seen other Icon entries in the registry that have a positive number, or 0, or no number at all.
For example:

Icon............. REG_SZ......... explorer.exe,9
(Default) ..... REG_SZ......... C:\Program Files\WinRAR\WinRAR.exe,0
Icon............. REG_SZ......... regedit.exe

So....... Why the minus sign ?

Thank you.
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26 Jan 2013   #68
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello modernmaid,

I just like using the minus to specify the icon to use. Usually not specifying to use the main (default) icon of the file is fine though. Just a personal preference.
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27 Jul 2013   #69
KiraXD

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Holy... ive had this stupid little nagging problem for over a year now... just chalked it up to being broken and tried to move on... thank you, thank you!
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