OK wizards... Long time no post, but I have a challenge for you. My ultimate goal is to code an on/off program to do this, but I need a starting point. How do I prevent XP from displaying the icons associated with files in Windows Explorer? I don't mind if it displays a generic icon like it does for unassociated files, but I don't want it to "repaint" a list of files with the associated program's icon. If it's easier, I only want to do this for a specific file type. Disassociating and re-associating the file seems like overkill. Thanks!