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[Shell Extension]Display APK icons from explorer

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29th October 2009, 02:07 AM   |  #1  
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9/2/2011 UPDATE:
V2.1 release, fix the explorer no response when first time adb start.
If you find no response when installing, try reconnect your device
Any feedback is welcome!
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8/24/2011 UPDATE:
V2.0 can install the app directly from context menu, do not forget to connect your phone first.
Please read the wiki page first
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Sorry for let you waiting so long, here are some UPDATE:

Working well on win7 32bit & 64bit, please see the wiki page on http://code.google.com/p/apkshellext/
Now it requires .net framework 4, there is a download link on wiki page.

Thanks to dds.feng, he reminded me that I have this project pending, and he brings an important patch.

Good luck everyone.

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Hi, All
I found it's difficult to find a correct apk file among names when I want to install one to my lovely G1, then I did a windows extension.

you need .NET framework 2.0 or above installed.
download the dll here http://code.google.com/p/apkshellext/downloads/list

Works Only on XP 32bit and possibly on win7 32bit.
Doesn't work on x64 platform for now. It's ok if you want a try


extract all stuff in the zip,
excute reg.bat,
after register successfully, you will got, probably you need a reboot





please feedback directly on the project page or mail: guo.jingang@gmail.com

It's created with VStudio 2008 express and c#, you can also find the source on project page.

I will keep updating this. Good luck!
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29th October 2009, 02:54 AM   |  #2  
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will check it out thanks. I love apps for pc that helps me organize all my junk lol.
29th October 2009, 05:23 AM   |  #3  
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Doesnt seem to work on win 7
29th October 2009, 08:45 AM   |  #4  
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Not working on Windows 7 64-bit.
29th October 2009, 08:52 AM   |  #5  
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Thank you for your share and wonderful tool!
29th October 2009, 09:18 AM   |  #6  
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I am not sure if it's the same for both XP and Vista (haven't tried 7 yet) but there is an easier way (tried and tested).

Open an Explorer (not Internet Explorer) window. Folder, computer, doesn't matter.

Go to Tools then Folder Options
Click on View tab
Check the Hide extensions for known file types
Then click OK

It's been working for me.
29th October 2009, 01:27 PM   |  #7  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Binary100100

I am not sure if it's the same for both XP and Vista (haven't tried 7 yet) but there is an easier way (tried and tested).

Open an Explorer (not Internet Explorer) window. Folder, computer, doesn't matter.

Go to Tools then Folder Options
Click on View tab
Check the Hide extensions for known file types
Then click OK

It's been working for me.

While any power user should have that option disabled, that's not what this post is about. This is about getting Windows to use the icon embedded in the APK. (32-bit Vista, need to reboot to be sure, but not working yet)
29th October 2009, 11:26 PM   |  #8  
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Couldn't make it work on Windows XP prefoessional either.
Said it registered but no icons apear.

[EDIT]: It does work! Just needed a reboot. Thanks for this!
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30th October 2009, 07:34 AM   |  #9  
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ooops...finally another user claim successful....I though it will never success except on my machines...

after register, probably no need to reboot, just kill your explorer and restart it....

looks like vista and 7 is using a different interface for extracting icon for certain kind of file... I will look into it...

I'm going to add some feature like add a context menu to install apk to your Gphone...
any good idea?
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30th October 2009, 09:55 AM   |  #10  
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for 64bit OS user, here is a workaround... before I release a 64bit version..
http://www.planetamd64.com/index.php?showtopic=7119

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