The freeware versions are restricted in icon sizes(32x32)but I have successfully changed my comp/my docs,etc to a different icon(dunno yet how I'm going to get them back to default,will cross that one when I need to)Looking at IrfanView,I'm going to have a go at setting a few of my presently changed icons to something else with it,if I succeed,I'll report back the if's/buts,etc.
IrfanView does allow creation of an .ico file,I now have My Computer icon as a pic of my cat. :-)
Its really easy,select the file you want as an icon,resize it with IrfanFan,save as...icon,then right-click the shortcut,properties,change icon,browse to the file you created and bingo.One cat.ico file.
This doesn't explain why your ico files vanished,but does allow you to create a new set without any difficulty.
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