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    Default How can I add an icon to the context menu?

    I miss having an icon for Ashampoo Malware when I right-click for easy finding it. After reading about a similarity here:
    How to Add Icons to Custom Right-Click Menu (Context Menu) in Windows 7 - The Winhelponline Blog



    I think I have a clue, but I'm not technical enough to try adding any new keys to the registry:


    Hope someone can help me to get an icon

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    This is a reg file I use to add a few icons in my context menu:

    Code:
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\empty]
    "Icon"="shell32.dll,145" CCleaner icon added to recycle bin
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\shell\Run CCleaner]
    "Icon"="E:\\ICONS\\System Context\\CC.ico" CCleaner icon added to recycle bin
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\locate]
    "Icon"="E:\\ICONS\\System Context\\locate.ico" Locate32 icon added to My Computer
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\lupdatedb]
    "Icon"="E:\\ICONS\\System Context\\locate.ico" Locate32 Update icon added to My Computer
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\locate]
    "Icon"="E:\\ICONS\\System Context\\locate.ico" Locate32 icon added to Directories (Folders)
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\locate]
    "Icon"="E:\\ICONS\\System Context\\locate.ico"  Locate32 icon added to Drives
    So basically you need to find the shell entries for Ashampoo in regedit. Then in the right hand side add a string value (REG_SZ), name it Icon then set the data as the path to your icon.

    I'll now add that not all softwares use this method. Some, particularly security based, will contain the info within a dll file.

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    Thanks, Elmer B.

    Found context menu here and wonder if this is the right place?

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Anti-MalWare]
    "edition"="eid=8108"
    "Product"="0249"
    "SharewareType"=dword:00000001
    "UpdateType"=dword:00000003
    "UpgradeType"=dword:00000003
    "ContextMenu_Display"="Scan with Ashampoo Anti-Malware"
    "ContextMenu_ExePath"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Ashampoo\\Ashampoo Anti-Malware\\AAMW_Main.exe"
    "Signatures_LastUpdate"="03.07.2011"
    "Signatures_LastUpdate_DWORD"=dword:000b3471

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    I've always added it into the specific Directories, Drives, File types reg entries etc. where I want the icon to appear.

    Having said that, you could add the Icon string value in the key you have found. It won't break anything and will work.

    Or not!!

    Only one way to find out..... I'd back up the reg key and make a restore point before hand for safety sake. That'll cover all options.

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    Except from error and trial I don't understand what you mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W View Post
    Japp: Open the Registry and navigate to the following:

    HKEY\CLASSES\Root\AllFileSystemObjects\Shellex\Con textMenuHandlers

    See if you see an entry for Ashampoo, it may be abbreviated. It may also list a key similar to {57CE581A-0CB6-4266-9CA0-19364C90A0B3} <That's one for Malwarebytes,
    Copy it and search the registry entry for entries for it which will probably be under CLSID, you may be able to find the correct one where you can either fix the icon or add one. If you find the correct name\location, looking at Elmers example you should be able to see how you do it.
    Thanks

    I have these keys there:
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers\00avast]
    @="{472083B0-C522-11CF-8763-00608CC02F24}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers\CopyAsPathMenu]
    @="{f3d06e7c-1e45-4a26-847e-f9fcdee59be0}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers\SendTo]
    @="{7BA4C740-9E81-11CF-99D3-00AA004AE837}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers\{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers\{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}]
    @=""

    but none of them lead me to Ashampoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W View Post
    Try looking under the following as well:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Co ntextMenuHandlers

    If we can't figure out a fix and I get time today I'll download Ashampoo and see what I can figure out.
    Found these keys there and I'm still blank:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AllFilesystemO bjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AllFilesystemO bjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\00avast]
    @="{472083B0-C522-11CF-8763-00608CC02F24}"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AllFilesystemO bjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\CopyAsPathMenu]
    @="{f3d06e7c-1e45-4a26-847e-f9fcdee59be0}"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AllFilesystemO bjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\SendTo]
    @="{7BA4C740-9E81-11CF-99D3-00AA004AE837}"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AllFilesystemO bjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}]

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AllFilesystemO bjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}]
    @=""

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AllFilesystemO bjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}]
    @=""

    If you install Ashampoo just to find out this for me I don't know how I ever can thank you enough

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    L.W: Thanks a lot for all your effort Hopefully a solution finds it's way one day,

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    Have a look at this link: (add www at the front of it)
    Code:
    officialwindowsmagazine.com/owm-forum/showthread.php?t=2171
    The app allows you to add shortcuts to the right click and give the shortcuts icons.

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    Thanks, Alan
    Might be useful one day.

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