Windows 10: Change icon for .exe

Discus and support Change icon for .exe in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; I am using Windows 10 Home 64 and want to change the .exe icon for a program I have. If I go to properties there is no way to do this so how is this... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by bha19, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. bha19 Win User

    Change icon for .exe

    I am using Windows 10 Home 64 and want to change the .exe icon for a program I have. If I go to properties there is no way to do this so how is this done in Windows 10 without creating a shortcut or another program? I used to be able to do this before Windows 10. Also there is a similar program .exe on my computer that has the icon I want but if I try to create a short cut for the program I want to use this icon with and then go to change icon and try to use the icon from the .exe I want it says that the .exe I want the icon from has no icon associated with it how can this be when it is there in front of me?

    bha19, Apr 6, 2016

  2. FileTypesMan messed up .exe icons

    So I used FileTypesMan to change the icon of .exe files. Turns out, this changes all programs to have that icon, they don't use what they were given. For example, google chrome has the default .exe icon instead of the google chrome icon. What would really
    help me is if I knew how to undo the changes that FileTypesMan did or fix it at all. I am on Windows 10, so please tell me what to do knowing that. Thanks, I really hope I get help.
    BlockCabin, Apr 6, 2016
  3. Application Icons History and Mystery

    I compile an application (xyz) with an icon and everything looks fine. I recompile the same application (xyz) with a different icon but the newly compiled second application still shows the old xyz icon. I compile the same application for the third time
    as an EXE file with just a different name (abc) and I can see the new icon that I want to see. Now when I rename the 3rd compiling abc to xyz, ironically the icon changes back to the original xyz icon (when renamed back to abc the new icon is restored). (1)
    Can anyone please highlight where windows 10 is keeping the history of EXE files and their icons? (2) Is there a way to change/overwrite this information at the compile time?
    OldManHere, Apr 6, 2016
  4. jds63 Win User

    Change icon for .exe

    So in properties there is no shortcut tab at all ? What icon are you going to use for this program and it has to be put in correct place for it to work. I have done this with games only myself.
    jds63, Apr 6, 2016
  5. bha19 Win User
    Strange thing happened the .exe icon that was blank (looks like a white sheet of paper with one corner folded over) is now correct today. Any how until yesterday it was not correct so I right clicked on it and then clicked on properties. What comes up is general/compatibility/security/details/previous versions. If I create a shortcut to the .exe then hit properties on the shortcut there is a way to change the icon. The problem there was the icon I wanted to change it to said there was no icon associated with it. How could this be. Anyhow all seems fine now but I would still like to know how to change the icon picture of an original .exe and not the shortcut.
    bha19, Apr 6, 2016
  6. topgundcp Win User
    Download: Resource Hacker and follow the instruction on the webpage to change the Icon for the executable.

    NOTE: there's a portable version on the bottom of the page, download and unzip then run. No installation required.
    topgundcp, Apr 5, 2018

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