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Windows 10 Recreation - File and Internet Explorer

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As of (at least) January 21, 2015 the Internet Explorer and the File Explorer icons have been redesigned once again. The new File Explorer icon has more of a bulky feel to it with thin outlines around the borders of the shape. The new Internet Explorer icon has a new gradient style to it as well as the same general style of outline which is present around the File Explorer.

I managed to recreate the icons to large, HD scale and release them here on DeviantArt for others to enjoy.
- The file download includes: 2000x2000px PNG icons of each. And also includes an SVG file for each so they can be resized to any size you want.

Note - this is a RECREATION. I did not originally design these icons. They were designed and are owned by Microsoft.

Hope you enjoy the icons. :) And I'm looking forward to the release of Windows 10! :D
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TheNeonPolygon's avatar
TheNeonPolygonStudent General Artist
They still have'nt updated all the icons in windows 10, they've actually put the old 7 icons next to the new flat ones if you look in control panel, it's really inconsistant! :-(
dAKirby309's avatar
dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Yeah, I'm aware. I doubt they will change all the icons to new, modern styles for a while. The OS will continue to get updated for as long Microsoft Windows exists as far as I can tell. UPDATING icons seems to be relatively low on their priority list before RTM is released. But I'm sure they will be updated soon enough.

However, the new gradient icons they've made for Windows 10 icons such as Downloads, Control Panel, Recycle Bin, etc. are definitely inconsistent with the flat design of the rest of the OS... MS sure likes inconsistency. And they still have yet to change some of the graphics on Magnifier, Photo Viewer, and other older apps from Windows 7 and prior. But all in good time, we'll see what happens as time goes on.
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TheNeonPolygonStudent General Artist
I guess so, I thought they would've got rid of photo viewer though, and replace it with the photo app. I do quite like the gradient icons though, at least their half way to flatness! ;-)
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Lol yeah the new gradient icons aren't bad for sure, certainly better than those original way-too-cartoony Windows 10 flat icons. Still pretty inconsistent though.

I actually prefer Photo Viewer for quickly viewing pictures because it's very fast and streamlined. The Photos app in Windows 8 and 10 obviously have a lot more features, which means longer loading times and such. But it's not a big deal.
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TheNeonPolygonStudent General Artist
I've upgraded to 10 now and I don't care about icons anymore, it's that good XD your right about photo viewer, I have it set as default because it's so much faster
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Oh yeah, after using Win10 exclusively for about 2 weeks, I have come to care less, and actually begin to like, the new icon set for the OS! Much of the design doesn't bother me because the OS is so nice to use!
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RDSyafriyar2000Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately, Internet Explorer is no longer on Windows 10, and Project Spartan changed into Microsoft Edge, which is a new name for Spartan Browser, and it had access to Firefox and Chrome extensions. Its logo beared a close resemblance to the now-extinct Internet Explorer logo.

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dAKirby309's avatar
dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Actually, IE is still on Windows 10 and will stay that on Windows 10 for legacy and compatibility reasons, especially for businesses, as stated by Microsoft. But MS Edge will be the premier and almost exclusively used MS browser on Windows 10. Thanks for providing information for those who are unaware of the new browser situation! :)
ntim007's avatar
Here are some minified versions of the SVGs :
- IE : pastebin.mozilla.org/8832168
- Explorer : pastebin.mozilla.org/8832169
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RDSyafriyar2000Hobbyist General Artist
But Internet Explorer will be replaced by Spartan Browser in Windows 10, which is a new browser Microsoft will make in newer builds of Windows 10 (starting from build 9926).
dAKirby309's avatar
dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
IE will definitely still be included for legacy and compatibility reasons in Windows 10; alongside Spartan. :)
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RDSyafriyar2000Hobbyist General Artist
I see.
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TheNeonPolygonStudent General Artist
I wonder why microsoft put a new gradient in the internet explorer icon, that defeats the whole flat idea, it should be solid colour! Rage even some of the new icons are at an angle, I don't get that either it's already inconsistent. BUT I'm sure it will look good in the end, they know what they're doing ;-)
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
I could not agree more haha! Yeah, some icons are flat, some have gradients, some are at a 3D angle, some are straight perspective, very inconsistent. Hopefully they'll get it all sorted out before the final release :P
Gandalforce's avatar
Thank you for this, I have been using your simply styled and original metro icons sets for a while now! And great on the Windows explorer redesign! cant wait.. I have the tech preview, and with every build, there are graphical updates and improvements... yours will be great within there as well!
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! Glad you like using my icons! :) And I can't wait for the release of Windows 10!
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PeterRollarHobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing:handshake:
The original folder icons of the new build are ugly as hell. What do you think?
dAKirby309's avatar
dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
I completely agree! Haha, I've been through other peoples posts and pics of Windows 10 stating my opinion of the new folder icons... all people's replies I've gotten agree that they are ugly. :P

Microsoft could do a MUCH better job. However, the file explorer icon isn't too bad. :)
PeterRollar's avatar
PeterRollarHobbyist General Artist
Yepp the explorer icon is okay so far. But the folder icons ore the back /forward buttons :thumbsdown:
dAKirby309's avatar
dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Haven't seen the new explorer back/forward buttons so I just looked em up.... They have quite a bit of work to do on redesigning. :P I'm certainly hoping they are just temp place holders.
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PeterRollarHobbyist General Artist
I made a lot of Mac stuff the last months. It is not only a bit of work they have to do. It is a lot of work. Compared to Yosemite Windows10 looks like trash.:(
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
I don't have a PC I'm willing to install Windows 10 and check it out for myself (but I wold love to). Yosemite is very well designed, I really like it! But I am really liking how MS is designing the modern outlined icons, much like the design that Google and Apple are going with - simple, modern outline-styled icons. Those are present on the taskbar, settings, new Spartan browser, and other various places. Those are really nice IMO (aside from a few icons like back/forward, and refresh on Spartan).

But all the new icons present in Explorer such as the folder icons, which have an overly-saturated style (too rich of color), inconsistent styles (3D and 2D) and other things that don't look good at all. They look like Microsoft rushed through the designs but took time on coloring them. They need another overhaul. :P The new ones are too ugly to me.
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PeterRollarHobbyist General Artist
There is still hope and time that they will improve til RTM. Otherwise i will keep a copy of my 8.1
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dAKirby309Professional Interface Designer
Yep :P let's hope so!
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