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Get icons in ZIP-files

How do I get the icon of a file, compressed by ZIP?
My problem is that I need to get the image index of a file, using only the extension (*.exe, par example). The functions I've found requires the whole path + filename, and therefore needs uncompressed files.
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There's a tip I found last week on a homepage (I don't know anymore from what homepage...):

"System Icon Index From Extensions
I've seen this question a lot, and several asked me directly: How can I get the index of a system icon based only on the extension? It's pretty simple once you see it done, but I guess it is one of those things that's not readily apparent. I know it wasn't to me.

Assuming you are using some control that has an image list property that you assign, you first set that up so that it uses the system's image list. There is one thing abuot this that you must be very careful of; the system image list belongs to the system, and it (the list, not the component that "wraps" it) must not be freed. Following is a code snippet that properly creates the system image list, setting its ShareImages property which prevents the image list handle from being destroyed when the component is.

// This gets the system image list.
  SysIL: HImageList;
  SFI: TSHFileInfo;
  // Create an image list component
  MyTreeView.Images := TImageList.Create(Self);
  // This gets the small image list.  Replace SHGFI_SMALLICON with
  // SHGFI_LARGEICON for large images.
  SysIL := SHGetFileInfo('', 0, SFI, SizeOf(SFI),
  if SysIL <> 0 then begin
    // Assign the system list to the component
    Images.Handle := SysIL;
 // The following prevents the image list handle from being
 // destroyed when the component is.
    Images.ShareImages := TRUE;

Now, given that we have the system image list to work with, we can get the image index to a file, whether it exists or not, by using SHGetFileInfo function with the SHGFI_USEATTRIBUTES flag. This looks like:

  function GetIconIndex(const AFile: string; Attrs: DWORD): integer;
    SFI: TSHFileInfo;
    SHGetFileInfo(PChar(AFile), Attrs, SFI, SizeOf(TSHFileInfo),
    Result := SFI.iIcon;

{...and to use this function...}

  // This will get the index to the folder image even though the
  //  directory doesn't exist.
  NewTreeItem.ImageIndex := GetIconIndex('c:\bogus\directory\',

  // This will get the index for .htm files image
  NewTreeItem.ImageIndex := GetIconIndex('notarealfile.htm',
That's it."

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