update icons after registry change
Posted on 1998-07-16
Hi! I've successfully wrote to the registry a working
extension association (using internal identifiers and
everything) now I need to have all top level windows
update their icons to reflect this change.
I've tried all the related WM_xxx commands with the
sendmessage(HWND_BROADCAST function along with every
parameter combination possible. WM_SETTINGCHANGE comes
the closest to working - I see something try to happen
but no cigar. Maybe its all in the lParam but I've
tried all related registry keys. I've even considered
things such as sending the F5 key to all windows
or if I only knew explorers menu ID for 'Refresh'...
but then theres the risk of obvious havoc from other
apps. And using FindWindow to find all explorers is a
trick too because the caption contains its current
path. Even all this is no good because of the need to
update desktop icons and such.
I've seen other apps do global refreshs and icon
rebuilds before, and Windows itself does a snappy job
of this when setting associations through its own
filetype editing dialog.
What gets me is that it must be something simple...