Say goodbye to the Windows 95-era icons on your PC

Windows 10 Design 2021 Concept
Windows 10 Design 2021 Concept (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft plans to rejuvenate the Windows experience with its upcoming Sun Valley update.
  • The update will include several visual improvements, including new icons.
  • A recent post on Reddit shows off new designs for old icons.

Microsoft engineers are hard at work rejuvenating Windows 10. The upcoming Windows 10 Sun Valley (21H2) update will bring a refreshed design and visual uniformity to the operating system. It appears that among the changes will be a refreshed set of some rather old icons. Reddit user MegaMarian12350 spotted and shared an image of the refreshed icons.

The new icons are from Shell32.dll and include items such as the hibernation icon and the floppy disk icon. The icons in Windows 10 build 20H2 are pixelated beauties from decades ago. An obvious indication that the icons are old is the fact that the monitor shown in the hibernation icon is a gigantic square. The new icon for hibernation is a modern monitor.

Source: MegaMarian12350 via Reddit (Image credit: Source: MegaMarian12350 via Reddit)

The fact that Microsoft is updating these icons should be viewed optimistically. If Microsoft is bothering to change the icon for a floppy disk drive, it's likely paying close attention to making Windows 10 look modern across the board. It's safe to assume that Microsoft wouldn't revamp icons that almost no one sees and then leave more prominent old designs in plain sight.

The Sun Valley update will also refresh the Start Menu, Action Center, and legacy interfaces like the File Explorer. Copy dialogs and other pieces of the interface should also look more consistent after the update. Microsoft plans to make Windows 10 look modern, including rounded corners, refreshed apps, and a unified look.

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8 Comments
  • Rather them work on all the bugs and consistency issues.
  • I heard that they are working on that. It'll be out with 27H2
  • wow, not so fast
  • It's not either-or, it's both-and. Stop thinking so narrowly.
  • no! it's either png or bug-fix! right now all the bug-fix department are designing icons!
  • How long before enough people complain about it and they put them back in.
  • Until dark mode is on every single one of those hundreds of control panel windows, including the right click menu throughout the OS, it will continue to feel inconsistent.
  • Please put some cursor themes in the store! There is even a different cursor that is on a picture on of the icons in settings. I am so tired of the old one!