Where to find most of Windows 10's native icons? - Page 2

  • %systemroot%\system32\pnidui.dll - has icons for network related settings (Ethernet or wireless status, network locations, etc.).
  • %systemroot%\system32\sensorscpl.dll - has a few icons for different kinds of sensors. While most of them look similar, their details indicate things like temperature, power, wind etc.
  • %systemroot%\system32\setupapi.dll - has icons used for the setup wizard of various hardware devices.
  • %systemroot%\system32\wmploc.dll - contains icons used for media devices, files, folders, and so on.
  • %systemroot%\system32\wpdshext.dll - has icons for some portable devices and battery indicators.
  • %systemroot%\system32\compstui.dll - includes various classic icons from older versions of Windows.
  • %systemroot%\system32\ieframe.dll - contains the icons used in Internet Explorer.
  • %systemroot%\system32\dmdskres.dll - contains the icons for disk management.
  • %systemroot%\system32\dsuiext.dll - includes icons for network services.
  • %systemroot%\system32\mstscax.dll - stores icons used for remote desktop connections.
  • %systemroot%\system32\wiashext.dll - has icons for various imaging hardware devices, like scanners and cameras.

How to use the icons stored inside a .DLL file

Icons stored inside .DLL files can't be copied and saved elsewhere, at least not unless you use a special software tool that can extract icons from .DLL files. However, you can use any icon stored inside such a file, to set it as the icon used by a folder, a library or a shortcut.

If you need further guidance on how to change the icons associated with your shortcuts, this tutorial will help: How To Change the Icon of Any Shortcut in Windows.

And if you're not satisfied with the icons found in Windows 10, then you might want to look at other places to find icons you like: 5 Locations From Where You Can Download Icons For Free.


As you've seen, Windows 10 has lots of icon sets that are built-in. Depending on what kind of icon you need, it's a very good chance that you'll find it inside one of the .DLL files we've listed in this article. Do you know other built-in icon locations from Windows 10? If you do, don't hesitate to share them with us, and we'll update the article as soon as possible.