How do I set DLL files to use their own icon rather than the standard?

A. Windows displays DLL files in Explorer with a generic DLL icon. This generic icon conveys no information about the DLL file, other than the fact that the file is a DLL.

Many DLL files have one or more icons and its possible to have one displayed in Explorer.

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit)
  2. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\DefaultIcon
  3. Double click (Default) and change from

  4. Click OK
  5. Close the registry editor

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