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banankrem

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I'm working on and have created some icons for xpize and vize (can be used for 7ize eventually as it shares many of the same icons).

So how can I get in contact with those who are leading the project, as I really want to support it and help out any way I can.

I've made a few icons to replace some of the remaining ones that xpize and vize haven't yet.
(certreq.exe and certutil.exe to name two examples for Vista/Win7)

So what should I do to present these icons to the project and get the evaluated as possible candidates to replace the old ones?

Finally I have to say thanks to those who started these projects, and to see that I'm not alone when it comes to getting
annoyed over GUI inconsistencies and the presence of win 3.x/95 era icons in recent releases of Microsoft Windows.

Luckily Microsoft is getting rid of more and more of these icons as of each new version of Windows from XP and beyond, though
even with 7, there are a few left.. but that can be taken care of, and I want to help any way I can ;)


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W3bbo

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There's a contact form on the xpize website.
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Anyway, here is the new icon i made to replace grpconv.exe, it's in native 16x16, 32x32 and 48x48 size.

Hope anyone wants it, I made it to look like a replica of the original only in 32-bit color and higher resolutions.

Sorry if you don't think it's any good, I'm not really any artist, just playing around with various tools
for icon making and image editing.

I've also included an icon meant to replace the certreq.exe and certutil.exe icon found in Vista/Win7, it's only
48x48 yet though and may need some adjustments, but just uploaded it as well if anyone has any need for it.

I'd be glad to help contribute with more icons if I can manage to make some more to replace old legacy icons
in Windows Vista and Windows 7, I don't think those old legacy icons belong there ;)

Please comment on them and say what you think if you have any suggestions for improvement or change.

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The cert.ico one is nice, but I'm not sure about the grpconv one though. Whilst it's an improvement, it doesn't accurately portray its use in Windows (or rather: lack of since people stopped using Win3x program groups).

A better icon for it would be in the Vista style showing the conversion from a Win 3.x-style window to a Vista start menu item (a big green arrow, maybe?).

I'm tempted to replace the default icon in the file with the default exe icon since the file isn't really used in Vista...ever.
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I agree, it was just an attempt to make a newer version of the same icon to see how it would turn out.

I also think that the grpconv.exe should just be a exe file without any icon, as there is no need for it to have any.

I think it's weird why Microsoft didn't just remove all 16-color icons out and use standard exe icons for those
who didn't get any updated icon for some reason.. whether they think it is a waste of time or if they did not find
a suitable replacement, they have done that in some cases, but why not the rest?

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I agree, it was just an attempt to make a newer version of the same icon to see how it would turn out.

I also think that the grpconv.exe should just be a exe file without any icon, as there is no need for it to have any.

I think it's weird why Microsoft didn't just remove all 16-color icons out and use standard exe icons for those
who didn't get any updated icon for some reason.. whether they think it is a waste of time or if they did not find
a suitable replacement, they have done that in some cases, but why not the rest?


Microsoft only really created new icons for files they changed or rewrote in Vista. I suspect that grpconv.exe is identical to the one in XP and Windows 9x (although it is present on my x64 box for some reason). Microsoft, despite being a multi-billion dollar company, can't spend employee hours on tasks with no real benefit, especially when the files to change aren't end-user facing.
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That's understandable, but the weird thing is they didn't update the advanced attributes icon, and not the regedit one either, despite the rest of the utility has been updated with new icons, especially since a new regedit icon has been made that can be used.

They also didn't update the battery icon in Device Manager in Vista, despite all other icons getting updated, this was done for Windows 7 however.

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I see the the cred icon i posted had some jagged edges, so here is the same one with just a white background, in case somebody
prefers that, or can make a better one with transparent background which has less jagged edges.

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