How to fix 3dsmax missing icon

 

This issue usually happens after uninstalling a older version of 3dsmax.

This fix should work on max version 2014 or later.

1. Go to your registry editor by going to the start menu. Where it says “Search Programs and Files”… type in “regedit” (without the quotes)

2. Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
Scroll down (it’s Alphabetical) past all the extensions (they start with a “.”), and as soon as you get to the M’s, start looking for “max_auto_file”.

3. Expand it, and you SHOULD see at least one key.. “shell”.
If you see another called “DefaultIcon” you won’t have to create it. If not..

4. Right-Click on “max_auto_file”, and create a “New Key”

5. Name the new key “DefaultIcon” (without the quotes).

6. Leave the registry open.

7. Go back to the Windows start menu and find a shortcut to the Max.exe… the shortcut SHOULD actually have the missing icon we are looking for.

8. Right-Click on the shortcut, and view Properties.
There you should see a “Change Icon” button, click it.
In the Browse field you should see the location of the icon… mine was %SystemRoot%\Installer\{52B37EC7-D836-0410-0464-3C24BCED2010}\max.ico

9. Copy whatever you have there.

10. Go back to the Registry.
11. Click on the “DefaultIcon” key you just created.
In the right window pane, click the (Default) key.
In the Value Data field paste the directory just as you have copied it.

12. Close the registry.
13. Right click a max file and change “opens with” to 3dsmax [insert version]

OR

Simply restart windows

 


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