No Icons for Exes

  • Nobody/Anonymous

    hi all.

    if i open a zip file with 7zip, i dont see the real icon for an exe file like setup programs. i can only see it if i extract the exe file.
    I use the option "show real file icons" so i dont know whats wrong here.
    all other icons show up correctly but not exes.

    • Igor Pavlov

      Igor Pavlov - 2005-02-17

      7-zip can't do it. To show real icons inside archive, system must read files.

    • Nobody/Anonymous

      erm what do you mean with system must read file? so there is no way to display the icon inside the archive?

      • Igor Pavlov

        Igor Pavlov - 2005-02-17

        I don't know simple way.

    • Ares

      Ares - 2005-02-17

      By "system must read files" he means that in order to display the EXE's icon, that portion of the EXE header would have to be extracted and held in memory.  Which in theory would work, but what if you had an archive of 3,000 small EXE files?  It would take forever to open.  There's no way to read the archive without extracting at least a portion of the EXE file.  I don't believe even WinZip and other pay-for commercial products show the real EXE icon.  Even Window's built-in "compressed file folders" doesn't show EXE icons, I believe.


    • Nobody/Anonymous

      you're wrong ares. winzip can show the real icons for all files, including exes.
      thats why i was wondering why 7zip cant do it. because it really annoys me.


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