59 replies on Windows icons locations. Where are the default icons found?

  1. ron says:

    Great list, for Win 7 and earlier icons.

    What about the graphics used by those great big ugly Win 8/10 tiles?

    Do you have a similar list for Office icons?

    • Codrut Neagu says:

      The "graphics" used by the tiles in Windows 8/10 are not icons – they use regular .png files, but maybe it would be a good idea if we wrote an article on where to find them. 🙂

      • ron says:


        I’ve looked at a couple of (cr)Apps I have installed and they do use PNGs. Actually, I was surprised at the images TheWeatherNetwork app has. It includes a folder for BING.MAPS with an amazing collection of (tiny) images.

        I found an article on changing the tile image on another site. Too bad MS made it so difficult, compared to changing the icon on a pre-Win 8 shortcut … It is definitely a retro step in the “Retro” (aka Metro) “new and improved” user interface.

  2. Jerry Lee Cline says:

    This has been a very interesting and informative experience about Windows 10 icons and how to access them. I love to customize my PC so “thank you very much”.

  3. HbiPP3Y4Hk says:

    This post is completely awesome!,
    It has liked to me very much and now my life is better too!.
    Thank you very much.

  4. art says:

    Thanks for this. It was exactly what I was looking for!

  5. Billy says:

    Thank you very much for the intel!

  6. Noah says:

    I like creating the library folders on my secondary hdd & pinning them to Quick Access. Recently I started to link them with the default library icons (Desktop, Pictures, Music etc.) I couldn’t find the Music library icon for sh**! This gave so much peace of mind! Thank you very much, glad to see you posting things like this.

  7. Kampfferkel says:

    Very helpful, but where can I find the regular store-icon in win 10?

  8. Rick Enbach says:

    This didn’t work for me. My windows does not have one single .dll file or folder as listed in these samples.
    The search continues.

  9. kima09 says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been searching for Win 10 explorer icon to replace this ugly Clover icon on Task Bar.

  10. Dan says:

    OMG, thank you!

  11. John says:

    Thanks a lot for this information, you really helped me out big time with a problem I have had for years – Cheers

  12. wariobros194 says:

    there is other dll files that have icons: ActionCenterCPL.dll, (contains action center icons) aclui.dll, (error and info icons) autoplay.dll, (an autoplay icon) comctl32.dll, (a bunch of windows xp icons) comres.dll, (some windows 7/vista icons and user icons) xwizards.dll, (installer icon) ncpa.cpl (connection icon) and desk.cpi (personalisation icon)

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for sharing this information.

      • Mike says:

        I found the .dll right where you said they would be, but I am having trouble opening them. I have a large music library consisting of full albums. I previously used the album artwork on the album folder.Now whenever I right click on any folder and choose properties, then customize tab, change icon is no longer there only “folder pictures” choose a file to display picture on folder. When I put the path in address bar it takes me to icon folder but asks me to select app to open system file. Then when I choose an app it still won’t open. Sorry for the rambling.

  13. Cindy says:

    Very helpful. For gameux.dll, I got no icons exist, but imageres.dll has the icons you showed for gameux.dll picture. Here are some more images:
    comres.dll, url.dll (has Internet Explorer default icon for websites with no favicon.ico). system32mstsc.exe also has more remote desktop icons.

  14. Pedro LM says:

    Great article, thanks! Those screenshots look really nice; may I ask what tool you’re using to browse the icons within each file?

  15. Rob says:

    Windows icons can be extracted from their DLLs using 7-Zip (www.7-zip.org). Open the DLL (or EXE) in 7-Zip and extract the folder “.rsrcICON”. The extracted folder contains all the icons in ICO format. If necessary, you should be able to find many free programs that can convert ICO to PNG, JPG or GIF.

    To find more icons, just open any DLL or EXE in 7-Zip, and look for the folder “.rsrcICON”; not all of those files contain icons, but many do.

  16. R. Hansen says:

    inetcpl.cpl has a nice house icon I use in it. Other .cpl files will have icons as well.

  17. Mario says:

    Great job! thanks

  18. YanAndrew says:

    Hi Guys,

    Following the latest Windows 10 Update, the icons seem to have been moved and can no longer be found in the imageres.dll and shell32.dll files.

    Do you guys know where have they been moved to?

    I am also looking for the Control Panel Applets (Category View) GUIDs. Anyone know where or how I can do that?

    • Kalwados says:

      > Following the latest Windows 10 Update, the icons seem
      > to have been moved and can no longer be found in the
      > imageres.dll and shell32.dll files.
      > Do you guys know where have they been moved to?

      They are now located in folder “C:WindowsSystemResources”. You will find “imageres.dll.mun”, “shell32.dll.mun” and much more. Despite of the file extension you can still use them like the former dlls.

  19. David says:

    Very useful thank you. FYI I was easily able to extract icons and images from the dll files using an open source software tool called Greenfish Icon Editor Pro.

  20. Anon says:

    Great list! just what I was looking for 😀

  21. Malcolm Goodman says:

    If you are a gluten for punishment and want more icon locations, then use the Nirsoft app that hunts them down.
    I did and got nearly 5000 (!!) just looking in c:WindowsSystem32*.dll.
    I was unable to copy the list as my laptop did not like it !!
    So knock yourself and get looking.

    Whilst on the subject of ‘obscure’ material, you might try :-
    Some of the items yield just one ‘piccy’, whilst others more.

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  23. Ash says:

    Thank you for this helpful overview!

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  24. Plínio Larrubia says:

    This was so useful to creating a shortcut via .vbs file inside .cmd file, Thanks!!!

  25. friendly_neighborhood_spider says:

    psst: You can use “Resource Hacker” to extract icons from dll and exe files.

  26. Rudi says:

    I have a question rather than a comment.
    When storing all my CD’s to a hard disk, the program I use creates a folder that contains all songs. That folder is shown like a kind of open folder and the cover of the CD ls visible in there. Where can I find in W10 that image that somehow must be created. I convert the music to .flac files and when I play any track the Media Player also shows the cover of the CD. Is there somewhere an image imbedded in the .flac file?? Again the same question, where is this file located in W10?
    Thank you for a reply

    • Davy49 says:

      This was an interesting article, it didn’t give a direct answer as to what I’m wanting to do. At this point all I’m wanting to do is just change on system icon, it’s the one for windows security, as most people already know..microsoft has been changing some of the program icon’s in recent updates. I think in my case I might have created my own problem, I’m a windows 10 insider so that lets me evaluate new feature’s before they get released to the general public. I was in the fast branch release, on one of the most recent fast build release’s, something caused an issue with my computer and I couldn’t perform the ‘go back to previous build’ procedure due to me deleting the windows.old file (that’s one way to learn a lesson the hard way). So I decided to leave the fast build branch and switch to the slow build branch, but the only way I could do that was to do a clean install (which I really hate doing) anyway after I did that some of the icon’s that had already been changed in the fast branch reverted back to the original icon’s contained in the slow branch. The good thing is I have a file with virtually all or almost all of the new icon’s in it. All I have to do know is find where the icon’s actually are located so I can get a chance to change them. I’ve already installed this program on my computer: http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/ which looks promising, so I’ll just be patient and just see what happens.

  27. L. Morales says:

    Excellent article. Very helpful

  28. Thomas Munn says:

    Obviously, this has not been written by a Microsoft Official. It gives a full answer.

  29. IconViewer says:

    You have this extension IconViewer that makes a tab ‘ICONS’ in properties and the ability to save any icon in ico, bmp or png format. Also, the icons in Windows Vista/7/8 are much better. But thanks for the information, almost every .dll file is present in my Windows 8.1 system32 folder, and they are great!

  30. Icons Lover says:

    slui.exe has icons about activation

  31. sarah says:

    So useful, thank you!

    I’m on the hunt for the Windows 10 downloads icon sans folder (just down arrow). Can seem to find it anywhere. Please reply if you know where it is!


  32. Russ H. says:

    inetcpl.cpl contains a few icons, including a nice house in the first slot that I use for my home folder.

  33. Jehson says:

    where are the windows 10 start icons? those are old icons
    documents, pictures, settings, power
    under user -> change account settings, Lock, Sign-Out

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  35. Adam S says:

    Thanks for this article – super helpful to find some different icons for shortcuts that do a similar task, but need to be differentiated.

  36. Rick Fithen says:

    You do realize your paths are all jacked up, right?

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      What do you mean? Later edit: we took a look, identified the problem, and fixed it. Thanks for letting us know.

  37. Niki says:

    It worked, thanks! 🙂

  38. Raffaele says:

    Finding a dll not mentioned that contain some icons:
    in System32 directory: wcnwiz.dll

  39. Martin says:

    The path for entry #11 is broken, i. e. it’s missing all backslashes.

    How it should be written: %systemroot%\system32\netshell.dll
    How it’s actually written: %systemroot%system32netshell.dll

  40. jana says:

    WOW! What an exhaustive list! And very helpful as well.. I have bookmarked it and refer back to it often. Thank you for all the time you put into this.

  41. Mirek S says:

    Thank you very much. If every answer\explanation were as extensive, clear and right to the point as yours I think this world would be a much better place…

  42. Inservio says:

    DDOres.dll contains the Device Category resources, useful for me because it has device icons not included in other sets, and above all: a shedload of WHITE icons, which is perfect for visually separating important things from everything eles in a folder.

  43. Pavel says:

    mssvp.dll contains icons from Outlook.

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