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Windows 7: Changing Folder Icon

03 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Edition
Changing Folder Icon

I'm looking for a way to change a folder icon, WHILE still seeing a preview of the folder contents. I know it actually says when you change a folder icon:

"You can change the folder icon. If you change the icon, it will no longer show a preview of the folder's contents"

Not acceptable. I got music, movies, pictures and things on my computer, and when I browse my well organized folders, I'm quite tired of looking at those yellow folders. but on the other hand if I change the icon, I can't see the cool covers and such of the movies, music.

any program that does this? or hack or something. I have TuneUp if that helps, but even in that, if I install icon packages or such, doesn't work.

ps. if anyone from microsoft is reading this, please stop with the yellow folders or at least gives us a chance to change the colors, or preferably make it so that we can put any ico file in there we want.

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03 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Amatolk,

You could use the tutorial below to change the "live" folder icons for all folders and still have thumbnail previews.

Folder Icon - Change Default Icon

Hope this helps,
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03 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Edition

yea just tried that, resource hacker way. saved imageres.dll on desktop, took ownership of other imageres.dll, replaced that one with the one i changed. restarted computer. and look! my user accounts disappeared!... couldnt get back into windows, very scared at that point, managed to get into system recovery by smashing F keys... system restore to yesterday... and now its fixed, think i'll just keep them yellow.
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06 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Actually, you can change them with a program called Icon Packager. But, using Icon Packager will also change some other items' icons. You can download a trial here.
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