In this image, courtesy of Windows Latest, we see new icons from a Sun Valley preview build on the left versus production icons on the right. [credit:
Back in January, we reported on Sun Valley—a coming “sweeping visual rejuvenation” of Windows 10’s user interface. This week, Windows Latest leaked new detail about the upcoming makeover: There’s a new set of icons in
C:WindowsSystem32Shell32.dllreplacing classic Windows icons that date back to the Windows 95 era.
The changes are surprisingly subtle. Most of the new icons are extremely similar to the nearly 30-year old versions they’re replacing. Elderly symbols such as floppy disks and floppy disk drives persist in the new icon set—the visual style is updated on these venerable references, but that’s about it.
The floppy-derived icons in Windows now (right) look like 1990s-era hardware—the Sun Valley refresh replacements (left) look more like late 1970s/early 1980s equipment. [credit:
Jim Salter ]
Ironically, in the case of the floppy disk related icons, the equipment looks older. The drives in the older icons took styling cues from then-current 1990s-era equipment, but the replacement icons look more like equipment from the late 1970s or very early 1980s.