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    Hello all,
    I know that this is a minor problem, but it annoys me to no end. I keep several Icons on my desktop and the "Control Panel" is one of them .... to me it looks like some 3rd grader made this one, and can't imagine how the powers that be in Microsoft let this in "7" \ 64 Home (other than it was some employee's child who did the design on this) "Oh how cute"... looks like some kind of cartoon character "bob the control panel" So.. has anyone figured how to get the old "Control Panel" icon from Vista back ? Regards Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred J Usack View Post
    Hello all,
    I know that this is a minor problem, but it annoys me to no end. I keep several Icons on my desktop and the "Control Panel" is one of them .... to me it looks like some 3rd grader made this one, and can't imagine how the powers that be in Microsoft let this in "7" \ 64 Home (other than it was some employee's child who did the design on this) "Oh how cute"... looks like some kind of cartoon character "bob the control panel" So.. has anyone figured how to get the old "Control Panel" icon from Vista back ? Regards Fred

    Fred,

    Right click on the icon on your desktop and choose Properties, Select the Shortcut tab and choose Change icon. You will be given a large selection to choose from, but these are all from those same guys you mentioned in your post. I would go To Google and download as many icons as you want, or create your own. I store icons in a folder I label Icons (very creative I know). When you choose Change Icon, browse to the folder you created with the Icon files and choose away to your hearts content. Quite some time ago I found some Celtic Icons I will e-mail to you for your consideration if I can find them. Ted
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    If you could find out the name of the DLL that contains the icon in Vista, you could copy that file from Vista to some location, such as your home folder, and then use it's icon (using the method Ted described). Unfortunately I don't have ready access to Vista (I run 7 and XP) or I would tell you the name of the file (it's c:\windows\system32\imageres.dll in Win 7)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Johnson2191 View Post
    If you could find out the name of the DLL that contains the icon in Vista, you could copy that file from Vista to some location, such as your home folder, and then use it's icon (using the method Ted described). Unfortunately I don't have ready access to Vista (I run 7 and XP) or I would tell you the name of the file (it's c:\windows\system32\imageres.dll in Win 7)

    C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll This is the path to the icon files in Win 7. I believe it's the same for Vista. Ted

    When you click on Change icons, the path to the icon files is listed at the top of the window.

    oops, sorry, I see you put in the path. Sorry for the duplication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll This is the path to the icon files in Win 7. I believe it's the same for Vista. Ted

    When you click on Change icons, the path to the icon files is listed at the top of the window.

    oops, sorry, I see you put in the path. Sorry for the duplication.
    Ted, Peter,
    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.... here's what i found and did.
    1. First if you right click on Control panel you only get three choices... open, delete, create shortcut
    2. created shortcut ..then right clicked, selected properties.. change icon
    3. shows path: C:\ windows \system32\ imageres.dll (same for Vista)
    4. copied folder from vista and installed in "7" \ imageres2.dll
    5. right clicked on the shortcut icon \properties\change icon\ browse
    6. could then select the new imageres2.dll and choose the old icon..... joy.... Thanks "guys"
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    Fred,

    Glad it worked for you. I thought the path was the same in Vista, but I also do not have a vista available to check. Take a few minutes to check out some other icons. There is a wealth of them available out there. Have a great day. Ted
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    You can also get icons by browsing to:- C:\Windows\system32\SHELL32.dll it gives a more varied selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
    You can also get icons by browsing to:- C:\Windows\system32\SHELL32.dll it gives a more varied selection.
    Roderunner,
    Hello and thank you for the reply, do you mean Vista or Windows "7" ? as "7" seems to have the same icon's as I'm trying to rid myself of.Or am i missing something (as usual) Regards Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred J Usack View Post
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    Hello and thank you for the reply, do you mean Vista or Windows "7"
    Sorry I cant remember as I have both systems. Will re check both later.
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    Fred, W7 and Vista both use the same icons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
    Fred, W7 and Vista both use the same icons.
    Roderunner,
    Hello , and thanks for you response this is what i have found on Windows 7 \64. "7" only has that "goofy" cartoon control panel icon on my OS, had to use the one from Vista. I will have to investigate this further. Regards Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
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    Thanks for the link... Looks like there are some useful ones in that mix Regards Fred
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    IrfanView can create icons from a huge variety of images and graphics. If you want custom icons, this is a great tool for creating and saving them. I created a whole Windows folder full of custom icons so that I can distinguish important folders and different USB drive partitions from one another, as well as improve upon shortcut icons such as the one you are unhappy with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Primak View Post
    IrfanView can create icons from a huge variety of images and graphics. If you want custom icons, this is a great tool for creating and saving them. I created a whole Windows folder full of custom icons so that I can distinguish important folders and different USB drive partitions from one another, as well as improve upon shortcut icons such as the one you are unhappy with.
    Bob,
    Hello, and thank you for the idea ! As i have IrfanView .... for photo manipulation , could you please explain the basic's of using IrfanView to do this . I'm sure that there are many of us (me) who have no idea. Regards fred
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