Posts Tagged ‘software’

Changing Win10 Application Icons

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

In all previous revisions of windows, you could simply right click on any shortcut and change the icon as you please. Windows 10 still allows you to do this, but applications installed from the Windows Store are missing this ability.

Unlike normal shortcuts, windows 10 applications do not have the option to change icons. Right click one and all you can do is visit App Settings or Rate and Review. You will not find Shortcut Properties and no way to Change Icon. You are the mercy of the developer to set the app icon (the worst feature on smartphones).

Default Icon Set

If you drag a win10 store app, such as Calculator, to the desktop a Shortcut is created. You can see the Target is Microsoft.WindowsCalculator and can even change the icon. However, dragging this shortcut back to the start menu or taskbar converts the shortcut back into the default App Icon.

If you search google, you can find the real location of the exe for a win10 store app. Here are some common ones:

  • C:\Windows\SysWOW64\calc.exe
  • C:\Windows\SysWOW64\notepad.exe
  • C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mspaint.exe
  • C:\Windows\System32\SnippingTool.exe

Create a brand new shortcut to the exe location and set the icon, then drag onto the start menu or taskbar. Done.

Modified Icon

SlyBadger

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

SlyBadger monitors a user specified registry key. The user will specify the normal and trigger values for the key. If desired the trigger box may be left blank and the “any change from norm will trigger” checkbox may be checked.
When SlyBadger detects that the registry key holds a trigger value SlyBadger will run any application you choose.

 

For example SlyBadger may be used to trigger off of a USB key. When any device is inserted into your pc, dozens of keys are created, accessed, and altered to prepare your system to use that device. Set the trigger on one of those keys that are altered or created and you can start any application on insert with that device.

Great for other programs that cannot be started with windows because the device is not present yet.

Features:

  • This program will run an application you specify whenever a registry key which you specify is altered.
  • This program can be set to run in the background (runs from tray) on startup.
  • Ability to delay the start of the specified application by 5 sec to allow the trigger event to fully initialize.

Usage:
Use another program such as Regmon to monitor all registry activity, once you decide on the key you would like to trigger off of enter it into SlyBadger. Then just copy and paste out of the current key value box for normal and trigger options. When change is found this application will save data entered and terminate after running your application. This prevents multiple loads of your application.

Download:

SLYBADGER INSTALLER 300K

Hosting Calculator

Friday, March 16th, 2007

This is a small java script calculator I wrote to help online users determine their upload and how many players they can accommodate.

http://www.westaby.net/hosting.html

ComicViewer

Friday, February 8th, 2002

This was a joint project between David Boggus and myself. This unique software program allows you to easily manage, view, and download comic strips. Sorry, no download.