As you know Microsoft will soon release the Windows Threshold Technical Preview. From a number of leaked screenshots it can be noted that MS will change the aesthetics of the Desktop and the overall window layout. I will continue working on icons when I get my hands on it. This time I will be creating them in Illustrator so that I can provide you with both an icon theme and separate vector files of the icons. Thank you all for downloading and endorsing my work. If any of you are interested in a collaboration for creating the new set of icons, let me know.
is icon packs useful for those of us that shrunk icons? I got my icons on small, would using custom ones make a big difference with small icons set? Because I'd barely be able to see a change if I'm set to "small"
May I ask...in the past, was this available for Windows 7 at all? I had customized my PC big time, but had to reinstall Windows after a bad profile corruption, so lost it all, PLUS the notes on where I had gotten everything. This set is extremely close to the one I had installed...
I would look at the "Previous Versions" to see, but that link seems to be broken. It isn't functional.
If you did have a W7 supported version, and still do, what could I bribe you with for the opportunity to use this awesome work again?
I didn't make a version for Windows 7. Windows 7 is designed in a different spirit, so I respect that. I realized that this imageres and shell32 dll mod can break things if certain conditions are not met. I designed an even newer version of this mod, but I lost access to the files.
If Microsoft makes a radical redesign on the Desktop in Windows 8.2 or Windows 9, I don't want to be spending a lot of time and resources for nothing. There are Aero leftovers in Windows 8.x Desktop, and I want them gone. As an example, the folder previews overlay are not compatible with what I did, and Internet Explorer crashes when I modify some of the icons in shell32.dll. I expect Microsoft to move on to vectorized windows and icons, to offer better scalability and sharp looking UI. It isn't too high on their priority list, because they have bigger problems to worry about, like attracting consumers and developers to the ModernUI platform, and integrating all of their services in every product that uses Windows.
I also don't have enough time for this anymore, and hope for a real redesign from Microsoft because they have better designers that are paid to do these things. The OS needs to be cleaned of legacy bloat, there are icons in some dlls that simply don't make sense anymore, since some of them date back from the Windows 95 days. Microsoft needs to make a cleaned up Windows 9, but for that to happen, a lot of consumers and also the enterprise have to move on, which takes time and money, not to mention the backfire from those who don't want to change anything they do on a PC, even if you give them time and support.
Thanks for the reply and no worries at all. Your set must not have been what I was using before. I'll find something else I can't upgrade to W8 because I use several applications (required by my work and some clients) that have not upgraded to support W8, and probably won't.
I hear what you're saying about Microsoft....I've gone from being a fan a few years ago to a point today of being ready to jump ship. My nightmare with the Surface tablet, versions of their core software that are incompatible, app data that users want/need to sync between devices that hasn't been addressed yet. All that plus inconsistent support or flat out wrong information presented by their own people and products.
I think everybody gets the issue wrong...it's not so much that people hate the metro/modern UI (although you hear about it most), it's that Microsoft is too saddled with legacy thinking, legacy framework and software components, groups and product teams aren't working together, and the goals too scattered. All resulting in applications and products that on one hand have brilliant ideas, yet are handicapped and made ineffectual by stupid decisions , old methodologies, and a complete lack of understanding a user's needs.
I find myself, on a weekly basis at times, wanting to walk through the Microsoft offices, smacking the people on the head and yelling "what the &%# are you people thinking????"
PS... I was hoping that the "previous versions" you had a link to in the original post had a Windows 7 versions among them. Since the link is broken or no longer functional I couldn't check myself. I certainly wasn't asking you to make one...that would be too much work and I would never expect that. Just wanted to be clear since I thought perhaps my first comment might have been misunderstood.
I would love to but ATM I am running Ubuntu on a USB drive because my HDD died, and I'm saving for an SSD. If you are patient, I'll create a huge refresh of both imageres.dll and shell32.dll this summer. You can also use Resource Hacker FX to do the extraction yourself, or, you could use the latest version of Axialis Icon Workshop, which was also used to create most of these icons.If you need further help, please ask and I'll try my best to guide you through the process, although it is very simple. You don't need to buy Axialis Icon Workhop, you can try it for free just to do the extraction. Thanks for appreciating my work, and hope to hear from you soon. Share with your friends, and give some feedback if you have time.
Unfortunately I'm running Linux on a USB flash drive because my HDD died, and I want to save up for an SSD to replace it. Also consider the fact that Microsoft may be working on bringing vectorized svg modern icons (probably interactive , too) in Windows 9. I'll probably resume developement for it this summer, but you are also free to use my project as a base for yours, just don't forget to mention that I was one of your sources of inspiration. You can also expect the Desktop to change quite a bit in the coming versions of Windows, since there is a demand for it.
Oh, how I how I wish there was a Windows 7 64Bit version of this file. I'm probably going to make one myself. You should be paid for this much work. Some of the images are more professionally done that the ones provided with the operating system.
I can't say they are too professional, and I also have more recent prototypes of this project stored somewhere (on mega drive I think). For me it was a way to modernize the Desktop a bit, since it felt like Microsoft focused more on ModernUI than on it. I can almost bet Microsoft is looking to improve both the aesthetics and the functionality of the Desktop, making it even more attractive and useful than it already is.
The problem with those is that you can easily break older software that relies on them, and they also don't quite surface anywhere in the interface, so I left them untouched. Even some shell32.dll versions have created problems with Internet Explorer. I seriously hope Microsoft cleans up Windows and cuts these old components, since we really have to move forward now. I can imagine the financial strain in making upgrades, but companies and individuals alike should also feel refreshed, and these changes could enable better productivity, greater ease-of-use, diversified interaction and so many other advantages. This is a transitional period for Microsoft, so I personally expect a reimagining of Windows, Office, Azure, Visual Studio, and also some interesting devices that use the full potential of these services.
No. The imageres.dll in windows 7 is different. It will likely break your OS. But if you want use resource hacker fx to extract the icons from this one and put them in the one from windows 7.For more help on doing that don't be afraid to post more questions.
Sorry, but I will decide if I continue work when Windows Blue Preview comes out in June. If it will make sense to continue, I will, but if Blue brings new flat icons , it won't really matter any more. If you want to extract icons use Axialis icon editor , or Resource Hacker FX, or any other software that is easy enough to get it done. Both programs that I just mentioned have an option to extract all the icons to a folder in one go.
hmm I noticed "some" of them show up. But not all of them. Like for example the File Explorer....it won't change that because actually the File Explorer Icon is actually inside the "explorer.exe" so...ya in fact there is a few in the explore.exe Do you plan on editing that too? Or is it safe to change the file explorer icon to the one from the imageress? Oh I see a "file cabnit" there...what is that for? lol
It is safe as long as you put an icon with the same sizes as replacement. If you put something different, the reference numbers get messed up and software can crash or hang. I do not plan anything at the moment. I am waiting for the Windows Blue Preview to see if it makes sense to continue working. The leaked build shows Microsoft is probably going to replace Windows Explorer with a ModernUI version called File Explorer. You can look it up on the internet. They don't seem to have changed the icons yet, but Blue is expected as a final product at the end of this year, so there is still time to do that.
It seems it was too much to ask from Microsoft to actually consider making new icons. Since Blue hasn't introduced new flat icons, do you think you'll be able to continue your work? These are amazing, and they show what Microsoft should have done in the first place, rather than recycle the old icons again and again. Thanks
Depending on the demand, I'll decide if I release a modified shell32.dll But demand has to be much higher than just a douzen people. Probably over a thousand. This Release Candidate imageres.dll is probably going to be the final release. DDOres.dll, mmres.dll , pnidui.dll and ieframe.dll are still ALPHA, but I can't continue since I'm not a one man army. I felt that it was necessary to at least create a more polished imageres.dll, but time and the community will tell if I will or won't continue working on this. To do this version I spent another 20 hours. I did it because I didn't want to leave it at BETA. I hope there is someone interested in continuing my work. If so, you can send me a message to let me know you are into it, and I will post comments when I have time.