Icon Harvesting from your Computer, for Menu Customization

Most of the Common System Icons are found in the following 2 .DLL files:

  • C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
  • C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll

Here’s how to get all of the Icons from your computer into one folder, to help you in customizing Classic Shell & Classic Explorer:

  • Download Resources Extract, from Nirsoft here: Resources Extract
  • Run the File
  • Where it says “Filename/Wildcard” put in any location on your computer, and select any .dll, .exe. .cpl or .ocx file, and click Open
  • Delete the Name (but leave the extension, and put a ‘ * ‘ instead, like this:
    • instead of C:\Windows\System32\explorer.exe
    • change it to C:\Windows\System32\*.exe
  • Select a Destination Folder on your hard Drive, such as E:\Icons\Extracted Icons.. it could easily be over 500 MB, or even a GB or more, depending on whats on your system
  • Select “Icons” in the “Resource Types to Extract”, and deselect all the rest
  • Select “Scan Subfolders”
  • in “Subfolders Depth”, select “unlimited”
  • Select “Automatically Open destination folder”
  • in “If filename already exists”, select “Overwrite Existing File”
  • in “Multiple Files Mode”, select “Extract all files into one folder”
  • Click Start, and wait for it to finish
  • its a good idea to run the scan a few times, and scan different parent directories for at least both EXE & DLL files, (and .CPL & .OCX are useful too) such as:
    • C:\*.exe
    • C:\*.dll
    • C:\*.cpl
    • C:\*.ocx
    • D:\*.exe
    • D:\*.dll
    • D:\*.cpl
    • D:\*.ocx
    • E:\*.exe
    • E:\*.dll
    • E:\*.cpl
    • E:\*.ocx
    • etc
    • always saving to the same folder

**You can run multiple instances of the program, so you can search several locations at the same time and add them all to the same folder

it might take a long time, and theres alot of Icons… so depending on your needs, you may just want to scan folders you know you need something from, such as:

    • D:\Program Files\*.exe
    • D:\Program Files\*.dll
    • D:\Program Files\*.cpl
    • D:\Program Files\*.ocx
    • D:\Program Files (x86)\*.exe
    • D:\Program Files (x86)\*.dll
    • D:\Program Files (x86)\*.cpl
    • D:\Program Files (x86)\*.ocx
    • C:\Windows\System32\*.exe
    • C:\Windows\System32\*.dll
    • C:\Windows\System32\*.cpl
    • C:\Windows\System32\*.ocx
    • etc

**Click on “Save Config” & save it in the same directory as the program, to keep this search criteria easy to load

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