Windows 10 “Sun Valley” will do away with Windows 95 era icons


Primitive in January, we reported on Sun Valley—a coming “sweeping visual rejuvenation” of Windows 10’s owner interface. This week, Windows Latest leaked new detail close to the upcoming makeover: There’s a new set of icons in C:WindowsSystem32Shell32.dllreplacing paradigm Windows icons that date back to the Windows 95 era.

The mutates are surprisingly subtle. Most of the new icons are extremely similar to the nearly 30-year old models they’re replacing. Elderly symbols such as floppy disks and floppy disk zips persist in the new icon set—the visual style is updated on these venerable innuendoes, but that’s about it.

Ironically, in the casing of the floppy disk related icons, the equipment looks older. The refer ti in the older icons took styling cues from then-current 1990s-era tack, but the replacement icons look more like equipment from the recent 1970s or very early 1980s.

Windows 10 users can wait for to see these and other Sun Valley visual refreshes show up in Windows 10 21H2, programmed to arrive this October. We expect to see lots of rounded corners, Register Explorer icon improvements, and updates to both Start menu and built-in uses alongside the new icons on display here.

Listing image by Windows Past due

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