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Windows 7: How to change "new folder" icon?

07 Mar 2011   #1

windows 7 ultimate x64 SP1
How to change "new folder" icon?

This is my first post so I have to say that I'm glad to be a member of such nice forum

now I would like to ask this:

is there any way to change folowing default icons in windows explorer:
Desktop, Favorites, Downloads, Computer, Network places and few more of them.

and second interesting thing...
when I click on any folder (which has new custom icon aplyed)it apears in yellow back then when I select some other folder it returns back to it's previous custom icon

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07 Mar 2011   #2
Tweak Hound

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You can change most of them by replacing the icons in your imageres.dll in


for x64 systems you have to edit imageres.dll in


as well.
Then clear your icon cache and restart.
To edit the file is pretty simple, you can use resource hacker.First take ownership of the original file, Be sure to back it up! Install resource hacker, after that just double click the file you want to edit, in this case imageres.dll, find the icon you want to replace in icon group and right click on it and replace resource, a dialogue box will open then browse to your new icon with an .ico extension, then click replace. An icon with a resolution of 256x256 pixels is best. Then go to file, click on save as, save to your desktop, as imageres.dll. Rename the original and either copy to or move the modded file to the correct folder.
Repeat the process with the other imageres.dll for x64 Windows systems.

Then do this to clear your icon cache,
To Manually Rebuild the Icon Cache using the Command Prompt

1. Close and save anything that you are working on. This command will kill explorer and restart the computer when completed.

2. Open the Start Menu, and type cmd in the search box and press enter.

3. In the command prompt, Copy and Paste each command line below exactly as is and press enter after each command.
WARNING: The last command will restart the computer, so be sure to close and save anything that you are working on first.

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
CD /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
DEL IconCache.db /a
shutdown /r

4. The IconCache.db file has now been rebuilt.
You can change as many icons as you like, and you may find you would like to change some icons in shell32.dll, which are also located in the same two system folder(s) that the imageres.dll('s) are located.

If you google replace icons in imageres.dll your bound to find a decent tutorial.
Also Icofx is a great freeware program to give you a reference for the icon number.
There are several other icon programs out there. Find one you like.
Resource hacker can be used to change icons in .exe as well and don't let it intimadate you it isn't too hard!
You can do it!!!
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07 Mar 2011   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Sasanet,

In addition, here are some tutorials that will show you how to easily change the icon for these folders without having to modify any system files. You might also look at the related tutorial links at the bottom of them for some other icons that you can change.

(Desktop & Downloads) User Folders - Change Default Icon

(Computer & Network Places) Desktop Icons - Change or Restore Default Icon

Favorites - Change Default Icon

Hope this helps,
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08 Mar 2011   #4

windows 7 ultimate x64 SP1

Tweak Hound,
thanks for infos... with your infos and some others I will creane an reg file to aply all "icons related setting" at once for future changes.

Thank you... icons changed-me hapy

My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Mar 2011   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Sasanet. I'm glad that we were able to help.
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