32-bit icons were introduced in Windows XP. They're improving experience with high-color smooth images with alpha channel (i.e. shadow).
It wasn't possible to view them properly in previous Windows versions.
2 years ago, i've started Windows 98 Revolutions Pack project, which allowed Windows 98 to display those icons (and later visual themes, new system applets, improved shell experience and so on).
Now i'm presenting Windows 2000 Revolutions Pack.
I hope it isn't late and some people like&use Win2000.
So, it Requires:
- Windows 2000, SP4 & IE6 preffered (not tested with IE5)
- 32-bit video mode. If your videocard does not support it, you're out of luck.
Installing RP 2.01 [attached to this post]:
- Extract/Run setuprp.exe [safe mode recommended]
- In Add/Remove programs
- does not patch system files;
- consumes extremely little amounts of memory;
- easy to install/slipstream.
Example: (with Vista Icon Pack 3.0 applied)
How to force application to display 32-bit image lists:
This workaround cures black shadows or discolored images in programs which were written unaware of 32-bit icons with Windows 2000.
Create "your program.exe.32bitimgl" file for your program.exe in the folder this exe resides. Viola!
You can also use this trick instead of "256-color tray patch" for explorer.exe, however, this isn't the right way. I think.
Edited by Tihiy, 15 April 2007 - 04:57 AM.