Windows 10: Changing taskbar icons?

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1709 (FCU build 16299.248)
       15 Oct 2015 #11

    Orerockon said: View Post
    OK so works in some cases. I can change the DVD, hard drive, removable disk icons. The Network Locations shows a Media Player splash for some dumb reason. That isn't in imageres or shell32 or pnidui (which only has a bunch of system tray icons that are already in imageres). The network folder icon is justa blue box, not in imageres as far as I can tell. I have a mounted CD image that shows as the default drive with a big yellow CD sticking out of it. Not in imageres. BTW it refuses to open shell32.
    Imageres.dll contains all icons, but not those for network, battery and speaker in notification area. For changing these you must open and modify the relevant DLL file. In case you mixed up the icons, you can repeat the process as follows:

    Open Windows 7 or 8.1 version of imageres.dll. Select all icons by clicking the first, holding SHIFT and clicking the last. Click on the down triangle button at bottom right to reveal more actions. Click on Extract selected resources. Browse to a folder to extract all the icons. Close Customizer God and reopen it. Open Windows 10 version of imageres.dll Click the first icon, hold SHIFT and click the last to select all. Click on Change button and browse to the folder with the icons. Every icon will be replaced with the corresponding file having the same number. If there is no such file for an icon, this remains unchanged, but usually there is 1:1 match. Close program, logoff and login to see changes.
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  2.    30 Dec 2016 #12

    So, If I only wanted to change Windows 10's WiFi/Ethernet notification tray icons back into Win8's, how would I do that?
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1709 (FCU build 16299.248)
       30 Dec 2016 #13

    ksdixon said: View Post
    So, If I only wanted to change Windows 10's WiFi/Ethernet notification tray icons back into Win8's, how would I do that?
    With every Windows Cumulative Update some icons are restored to default. Usually these include the network/Wi-Fi icons. I use Customizer God (see my earlier posts in this thread) to change them to Windows 8.1 icons. I have extracted the Windows 8.1 icons in a folder (you can do that from Customizer God if you have the respective Windows 8.1 DLLs), open the pnidui.dll (this is for network icons) and then replace the icons with those in the folder.

    The files are:

    batmeter.dll (battery icons)
    imageres.dll (folder and everything else, once changed these usually never are restored)
    pnidui.dll (network icons)
    sndvolsso.dll (audio icons)
    stobject.dll (USB icons)

    all are in C:\Windows\system32

    If you want you can replace them with the respective Windows 7 icons instead. All you have to do is extract the icons from Windows 7 or 8 DLLs in a folder with the file's name (to identify them easily) and then replace Windows 10 icons with these. Both functions extract/replace are done with Customizer God.
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  4.    30 Dec 2016 #14

    Wanted to thank you for this thread. I went ahead and replaced the volume icons (win8's has a solid white speaker, which is better), in addition to the network barchart icons from win8.

    Now my only issue with Win10 is that File Explorer never remembers it's position when you close and open it again, it always cascades to the right/down, as though you're opening a second instance of FE.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1709 (FCU build 16299.248)
       31 Dec 2016 #15

    I haven't noticed this. I don't know how to fix it. Have a look at the Folder options in Control Panel.
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  6.    02 Jan 2017 #16

    edit the imageres.dll and shell.dll
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1709 (FCU build 16299.248)
       03 Jan 2017 #17

    Blazedbud said: View Post
    edit the imageres.dll and shell.dll
    No! Don't touch shell.dll or shell32.dll! In Windows 64-bit it displays a message that the file is not signed and cannot load desktop and keeps restarting! Any icon you want is in imageres.dll, edit this only.
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  •    03 Jan 2017 #18

    Sorry was in windows 7 mode when i posted that reply.. my bad.. only just moved to 10..
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