25Windows Icons: Full list with details, locations & images

Good quality icons and images, especially ones with an alpha transparency can be time consuming to make, and are often also hard to find.  One source of lots of high quality icons in a range of sizes is Windows.  Windows 7 includes lots of icons which can be useful as the majority are available in sizes from 16×16 up to 256×256, and come with alpha transparency.  You may have noticed that we use some on our downloads page – they’re handy to quickly indicate file type. Windows stores most of its icons inside exe and dll files which makes them inaccessible to standard image manipulation applications like Photoshop.  However, once they have been located they can easily be extracted with the freeware utility IcoFX. Tracking some of them down seems to be the trickier part. Below is a quick reference for the locations of many of the icons available on Windows 7. I will periodically add more details and any extra icon libraries I discover to this list.

IcoFX can be used to extract the images.  It supports all icon sizes, from 16×16 up to 256×256.  It supports the full range of colour depths – 8bit, 16bit and 32bit.  It also supports alpha transparency.  Icons can be extracted to bmp, jpg, png, gif and jp2.  IcoFX 2 is freeware.  More details are available on the downloads page.

Locations of common windows icons

File Type Associated Extensions Built-in? Location
MP3 mp3 yes %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll 60
Free Lossless Audio Codec flac no Included in FLAC
Raw Wave File wav yes %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll 62
Ogg Vorbis off no Included in Xiph Codecs
Midi mid yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 18
Monkey’s Audio ape no Included in Monkey’s Audio
Apple Lossless alac ale no Included in Itunes / Quicktime
Matroska mkv mka no Download from DeviantArt
Windows Recorded TV wtv yes %windir%\system32\sberes.dll 0
Audio-Video Interleave avi yes %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll 59
Motion Picture Experts Group mpg mpeg yes %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll 61
Flash Video flv no Included in Adobe Flash Player
Windows Media Video wmv yes %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll 64
Apple Movie mov no Included in Itunes / Quicktime
Joint Picture Experts Group jpg jpeg yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 68
Portable Network Graphic png yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 79
Bitmap bmp yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 66
Graphics Interchange Format gif yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 67
Tagged Image File Format tif tiff yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 160
Photoshop Image psd no Included in Adobe Photoshop
Paintshop Pro Image psp pspimage no Included in Corel Paintshop Pro
Scalable Vector Graphics svg no Unknown
HyperText Markup Language html htm yes %windir%\system32\ieframe.dll 10
PHP Hypertext Preprocessor php yes Included in DreamWeaver
Extensible Markup Language xml yes Included in DreamWeaver
Cascading Style Sheets css yes Included in DreamWeaver
Java Archive jar no Included in Java
JavaScript js jscript yes %windir%\system32\wscript.exe 4
VB Script vbs yes %windir%\system32\wscript.exe 3
Really Simple Syndication rss yes %windir%\system32\ieframe.dll 66
Plain Text txt yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 98
Microsoft Word doc docx no Included in Microsoft Office
Microsoft Excel xls xlsx no Included in Microsoft Office
Microsoft Powerpoint ppt pptx no Included in Microsoft Office
Microsoft Publisher pub pubx no Included in Microsoft Office
Adobe Portable Document Format pdf no Included in Microsoft Office
Rar Archive rar no Included in WinRAR
Zip Archive zip no Included in WinZIP
7Zip Archive 7z no Included in 7Zip
HTML Help hlp yes %windir%\hh.exe 0
Executable exe yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 12
Initialisation / Configuration File ini yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 65
Setup Information File inf yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 65
Dynamic Link Library dll yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 63
Home / House yes %windir%\system32\ieframe.dll 0
16bit DOS Command Script cmd bat yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 64
Registry Fragment reg yes %windir%\system32\regedit.exe 2
True Type Font ttf yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 150
Microsoft Installer msi yes %windir%\system32\imageres.dll 163

Reference list of Windows Icons contained in dll and exe icon libraries

The numbers below each icon refer to the icon number of the file, and the number in brackets indicates how many variants of the icon there are (there could be up to a theoretical maximum of 20, with different colour depths and sizes.  All the icon screenshots shown below are of 32×32 icons in their highest available colour-depth.

%windir%\system32\compstui.dll (Common Property Sheet User Interface)

compstui.dll icons

%windir%\system32\ddores.dll (Device Category Information and Resources)

DDORes.dll icons

%windir%\system32\ieframe.dll (Internet Explorer)

ieframe.dll icons

%windir%\system32\imageres.dll (Windows Image Resource)

imageres.dll icons

%windir%\system32\mmcndmgr.dll (Microsoft Management Console Node Manager)

mmcndmgr.dll icons

%windir%\system32\moricons.dll (Windows NT Setup Icon Resources)

moricons.dll icons

%windir%\system32\netshell.dll (Network Connections Shell)

netshell.dll icons

%windir%\system32\pnidui.dll (Network System Icons)

pnidui.dll icons

%windir%\system32\shell32.dll (Windows Shell Common)

shell32.dll icons

%windir%\system32\wmploc.dll (Windows Media Player Resources)

wmploc.dll icons

%windir%\system32\pifmgr.dll (Windows NT PIF Manager Icon Resource Library)

pifmgr.dll icons

%windir%\system32\wpdshext.dll (Portable Devices Shell Extension)

wpdshext.dll icons

%windir%\system32\comres.dll (COM+ Resources)

comres.dll icons

%windir%\system32\dmdskres.dll (Disk Management Support Snap-In)

dmdskres.dll icons

%windir%\system32\dsuiext.dll (Directory Service Common UI)

dsuiext.dll icons

%windir%\system32\inetcplc.dll (Internet Control Panel)

inetcplc.dll icons

%windir%\system32\mstsc.exe (Remote Desktop Connection Client)

mstsc.exe icons

%windir%\system32\mstscax.dll (Remote Desktop Services ActiveX Client)

mstscax.dll icons

%windir%\system32\setupapi.dll (Windows Setup API)

setupapi.dll icons

%windir%\system32\shdocvw.dll (Shell Doc Object and Control Library)

shdocvw.dll icons

%windir%\system32\urlmon.dll (OLE32 Extension for Win32)

urlmon.dll icons

%windir%\system32\wiashext.dll (Imaging Devices Shell Folder UI)

wiashext.dll icons

%windir%\system32\mmres.dll (General Audio Resources) – Thanks to Marek Podgorny (see comments below)

mmres.dll icons

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gravatar HL1234

Es gibt noch einen kleinen Fehler:

Sonst super – Vielen Dank

gravatar AdvocatusDiaboli

Erstklassige Übersicht!
Bitte diese Zeile korrigieren: %windir% system32 inetcplc.dll (Internet Control Panel)
Richtig ist (Win7 und Win8): %windir% system32 inetcpl.cpl (Internet Control Panel)

gravatar Alex

Is it normal for some of them to “not work?” I’m on Windows 10 and my folder icons do not change when i pick and apply icons from specific .dll files while others work just fine.

gravatar Anjul

Great job presenting the list in such an organised manner, leaving no query. Thanks guys.

gravatar San

On Win8.1 the bluetooth icon has much better resolution in
C:\Windows\System32\bthudtask.exe, 1
though the one used in the tray item “Bluetooth Devices” is really
C:\Windows\System32\bthprops.cpl, 3
I’ve tried the one from
C:\Windows\system32\netshell.dll, 104
but it becomes very distorted in tray.

gravatar BearPup

Thanks for displaying the icons – very useful to know where to look for specific icons.

gravatar Jon Scaife

Thanks. I didn’t want to post individual icons with their transparency as I think that’s pushing the copyright side of things too far but anyone with Windows on their PC can now grab the icons themselves easily enough 🙂

gravatar Jon Scaife

Download IcoFX 2 (version 3 is no longer free) from our download page and install that. Go to file: open, and change “files of type” to “windows binary”. Then select the .dll file of choice. In the window that appears select the icon you want to extract and click the extract button. In that new window (the icon itself) select the size you want from the left hand column, right click on it, and select “export image”. I’d change the save as filetype to PNG, but it’s up to you – then just save it.

gravatar Marek Podgorny

Numbering starts from 0, so it didn’t shift.

A file you haven’t mentioned is mmres.dll, which contains media icons.

gravatar Jon Scaife

Cheers for your comments Marek – I’ve added details of mmres.dll. You’re also correct that numbering starts from 0 – thanks for pointing that out 🙂

gravatar LargeVirus

I found some dlls and exe files with icons in them, e.g. zipflrdr.dll
There are others if you go looking in the system32 folder.