A relative path is assumed to be relative to the current working directory.
When ExtractAssociatedIcon is used with bitmaps, a thumbnail image may be returned instead of an icon if the system that is running the application has a registry setting that causes bitmap files to be shown as thumbnail images.
The following code example demonstrates how to use the ExtractAssociatedIcon method. To run this example, paste the code into a Windows Form and call ExtractAssociatedIconEx from the form's constructor or Load event handler.
Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2