RegisterIcon Method

Registers an icon that can be displayed as an overlay on the virtual drive in Windows Explorer.

Syntax

int RegisterIcon(const char* lpszIconPath, const char* lpszProductGUID, const char* lpszIconId);
INT RegisterIcon(LPCWSTR lpszIconPath, LPCWSTR lpszProductGUID, LPCWSTR lpszIconId);

Remarks

This method registers an icon in the file specified by IconPath so that it can later be used to display an overlay on the virtual drive in Windows Explorer. If the system must be rebooted before the icon can be used, this method returns true, otherwise it returns false.

Please note that this method only registers overlay icons; Applications should call the SetIcon and ResetIcon methods to select an icon for display. Please refer to the Custom Drive Icons topic for more information.

IconPath must be the full path and file name of the .ico file whose icon should be registered. The file must exist and remain available in order for the icon to be used until the icon is unregistered using UnregisterIcon.

ProductGUID is used to distinguish between driver installations performed by different applications. Such information is necessary to guard against unexpected situations such as, e.g., the driver being uninstalled by one application despite other applications still needing it.

Therefore, to ensure proper operation, it is critical that each individual application have its own unique ProductGUID value, and that applications (and their installation scripts) use that value when calling any of the following methods:

IconId specifies an identifier that can later be passed to the SetIcon and UnregisterIcon methods. Each registered icon should have a unique IconId value; if a value is passed that is already in use, the existing icon will be removed (by calling UnregisterIcon internally) before the new one is registered.

This method is available in both the class API and the Installer DLL included with the product; please refer to the Driver Installation topic for more information about the latter. The Helper DLL must be installed in order for this method to function correctly. Applications can check to see whether the Helper DLL is installed using the GetModuleVersion method, and install it using the Install method if necessary.

This method requires administrative rights to execute successfully. If the user account of the process that calls this method doesn't have such rights, the call will fail with an ERROR_PRIVILEGE_NOT_HELD (0x0522) error.

Note: This method cannot be called within events.

Error Handling (C++)

This method returns a Boolean value; after it returns, call the GetLastErrorCode() method to obtain its result code; 0 indicates success, while a non-zero error code indicates that this method encountered an error during its execution. If an error occurs, the GetLastError() method can be called to retrieve the associated error message.

 
 
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