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Windows 7: Context menu (right click menu) Icons missing in Basic Theme

24 Jul 2017   #11

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

hi jetspeedz, Could you fill out your system specs please?

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24 Jul 2017   #12

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ethel View Post
hi jetspeedz, Could you fill out your system specs please?

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Good spot ethel :)
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24 Jul 2017   #13

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

Hi John, Actually it was Jack who noticed.
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24 Jul 2017   #14

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Why bother dissabling themes??

You just have to select Basic via personlisation.

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24 Jul 2017   #15

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

It would be helpful if you did have your specs filled in. It may not seem necessary at this time, but there could be conditions with a particular model and / or manufacturer that may be helpful.

Now, I mentioned context menu handlers in a previous post and that got me to thinking about the differences when using a basic or aero theme so I looked up: no icons context menu handler Basic theme , and came across this site: https://Shell Extensions: Basics, Samples, Common problems | , you'll have to scroll down to Common problems and their solutions | 1. Overlay icons are not displayed at all because the jump list in the article doesn't work properly.

It explains why the icons won't display; It's because the icons you want are transparent and work when in the aero theme, but not when in basic. The obvious solution would be to create icons that are not transparent and that solution is revealed in #2 Displaying icon with a transparent background in the context menu.

jetspeedz, hopefully this article will give you some insight and it's your call if you want to pursue this, but it looks like it's hard-coded in the program shell extension when invoked, from #2 above Solution: To redraw .ico to .bmp format in the code during extension functioning.. Your problem can be solved but it will involve a lot of work to accomplish, do you know how to code? Coding is above my pay-grade.

My first question is; Can both redraws live peacefully in the same .dll file and one lies dormant while the other theme is in use? I suppose it could be coded in that one is ignored while the other is in use, but if not it seems you'll have to change the .dll file when you change themes.

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24 Jul 2017   #16


Providing system specs will not solve anything, there is no smoking gun, i have a high powered system. I'm not a novice windows user, and yes I can code.

Anak, I'm using Classic theme not basic, in fact Basic is not even an option when Themes is disabled. Why do I turn off these because I don't care for Aero and on systems with an integrated SOC GPU it is taxing a subsystem of the chipset so there is no gain, on a desktop or an external PMD GPU it is a different story, not here to debate the merits of Aero vs Classic and GPU/CPU offload.

This is all related to Classic theme, also in terms of transparent background issue this is a non issue in Classic as it is not an option. Some context menu icons work and some do not. This is likely due to how the developers are using the GPU rendering options since Aero takes advantage of the GUP over the CPU. Not much can be done but thanks for the effort.

I appreciate your efforts but there is no smoking gun here, I only posted here b/c of the expertise but all the suggestions have been routes I've already gone down to find the same conclusion. Any mod can close this thread.

The solutions, change to Aero themes or adjust the DPI for those who might have similar problems.

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