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mike2002
03-14-2004, 09:39 AM
In Windows 98, there's a whole range of Icons hidden away in:-

Windows\System\shell32.dll.
Windows\System\cool.dll
Windows\System\PIFMGR.dll

I'm sure I did this a couple of years ago, but I've completely forgotten how to view these files.
If I open them up in the image viewer IrfanView, they display, but only one at a time.

Is there a way of viewing the complete contents of a .dll Icon file all at once?

Paul Komski
03-14-2004, 10:05 AM
There's probably a more sophisticated way of doing it, (including decompiling the exe/dll), but if you RClick any shortcut and from Properties select "change icon" and then browse to the exe or the dll you will be able to see all the icons inside the file.

mike2002
03-14-2004, 12:54 PM
Paul: Thanks - I found 'em. Of course, you have to tick 'Show all files' in Folder Options, otherwise they don't show up.

By the way - what is "decompiling the exe/dll." - never heard of that one before!

Paul Komski
03-14-2004, 03:26 PM
When executables are put together they are compiled from their consituent parts and that would include any ico files as well as any programming code etc etc. The reverse process of decompiling breaks-up the file back into its constituent parts.