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Batch Changing Icons in Executable Files

If your build process involves replacing icons in the release EXE files, Resource Tuner Console is the solution! From now on, you no longer have to worry about how your applications look on modern versions of Windows.

IconsNo matter how slick the behind-the-scenes source code is, most users form their first impressions based on what they see — the icons. The large Vista icons contribute towards the elegant interface appearance. And this is probably the biggest pain point as not every IDE allows for embedding this resource type, and not every installation software creates installer EXE's with the right icons embedded.

This problem that may affect coders at all experience levels. If you don't use the most modern up-to-date IDE's, then you likely have problems with adding Vista icons to your applications.

Resource Tuner Console addresses this issue by letting the developer embed these icons into the compiled EXE or DLL files from the command line. Not only does Resource Tuner Console handle the large Vista icons in .ico format, it supports for adding Vista-style icons in .png format. No matter what IDE or installer maker you use to produce an executable file, RTC can handle any 32- and 64-bit unmanaged PE files.

Replace Icons

From now on, you don't have to change icons manually. Resource Tuner Console provides many ways of batch replacing Icon entries in the IconGroups. You can specify whether to add a new icon, or replace the existing icon, or replace the existing icon only if there is an icon in the Icon Group that has the same width, height, and color depth as the icon specified, or replace an icon with only the specified language.

For greater detail, see the Edit Icons sample script. It may be helpful to use this example as a template for your own scripts.

See also: RTC Usage and Guide To Using Scripts


Resource Tuner Console comes with the examples that explain basic functionality and demonstrate many of the features available in Resource Tuner Console. Once installed Resorce Tuner Console, you will find the Demo folder in the directory where RTC has been installed. Within this Demo folder, there are 11 subdirectories that contain sample scripts and sample executable files.

All sample scripts are ready to run. Select one of the .BAT files located in the Demo folders to execute the sample script. The script will make changes in the test EXE file. The resulting file will be created in the directory named "Release" under the directory containing the script.

Check out the samples to get an idea what Resource Tuner Console can do for you.

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Resource Tuner Console runs on all versions of Windows from 2000 through Vista, 7, 8, 10 and 11.

Minimum hardware requirements:
Intel Pentium® processor with 166 MHz, 16 MB RAM