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Windows 7: how to restore the folder icons

09 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
how to restore the folder icons

i installed a program on my pc i think it is a theme but i am not really sure. on that day i installed 3 programs i think a theme, and customize theme for media player and i forgot the other one. then i saw my folders icon is changed and i uninstalled those programs but the folder icon does not restore. i try to do and edit on regedit but it does not work.
i want to remove the customized icon and restore the folders icon on its original yellow-brown folder. please help... thanks a lot

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09 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, 64 Bit Build 7600

did you just installed third party themes(not the ones that are made by microsoft) in your computer?did you patch some system files?because installing 3rd party themes requires you to patch your system files, otherwise it will really cause some problems..
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09 Aug 2011   #3


I think you probably have 2 choices:

The first would be to take a look at this tutorial: How to Change the Windows 7 Default Folder Icon. Within this tutorial, Option 2 tells you how to restore the folder to the default folder icon. If that doesn't help you, at the end of the tutorial, toward the bottom of the page, is a long list of other tutorials on related subjects, followed by other posters' threads on the same or similar subjects.

Your 2nd option would be to do a System Restore to just before you changed the first of the three themes.
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11 Aug 2011   #4

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit

A little info is needed ... yours is SP1 or not ?

According to your answer, I may supply you resources and technique to restore the default icons back .

But if you go through a Repair Install , it will be solved , irrespective of the other things .
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12 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)

i'm running a windows7 home premium service pack 1..
tnx for your answers.. hoping that one of these can solve my problem
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12 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premuim 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600)

Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon
i tried this but it does not work..
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12 Aug 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Not knowing what and how you installed it, it will be hard to diagnose but try running this up to three times and see if this helps SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker if that does not work like what Arc was saying you may have to replace a system file and then rebuild your icon cache. Run the scan and let us know.
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12 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1

Jerry's solution will fix everything up!
Looking forward to your results!
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