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Windows 7: How do i prevent Windows Explorer icon from changing by folder

22 Jul 2014   #11
chacham

Windows 7 Enterprise (32 bit)
 
 

Heh. No offense taken. I work for a very large company, with a large IT department. Developers have special privileges and can request more from the local manager, which is what i did. No senior managers were hurt during this escalation.


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22 Jul 2014   #12
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Take a look through this tutorial and the related tutorials.
Folder Icon - Change Default Icon

It might not be exactly what you're looking for, but it might get you heading in the right direction. As a developer, I think you'll be able to easily absorb the concepts.

Read through the tutorials first, ask questions before making any modifications.
A member with more experience in this area might have the answer you need.

I tend to leave my machines plain vanilla, so I can't be of any further help with this type of modification.

Good luck,

Bill
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22 Jul 2014   #13
chacham

Windows 7 Enterprise (32 bit)
 
 

Not a bad idea. But where is the desktop icon located?
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22 Jul 2014   #14
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

The icon at the left end of the Address Bar on my Win7 Windows Explorer does change according to what I select whether it's a file or a Folder. It also changes according to which Library I click on, gives an icon representative of what the Folder is. This is a default install of Win7 Ultimate, very little customization and none with Windows Explorer.

The source of the icons mentioned by Slartybart is in C:\Windows\System32, file name is imageres.dll. A Search will usually find many more in different subFolders in C:\Windows. There's also a bunch of icons that come with Windows in %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll where the %SystemRoot% part refers to the Windows Folder itself.
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22 Jul 2014   #15
chacham

Windows 7 Enterprise (32 bit)
 
 

Do you happen to know where the Desktop icon itself is located? That's a bunch of files which each have a bunch of icons. Hmm.. maybe the registry entry for the desktop will list the file and icon number.
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22 Jul 2014   #16
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Ahh thanks guys. I have never seen those icons. I don't have any of the themes that came with Windows, only 3rd party themes, so I guess that's why. A Guy
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22 Jul 2014   #17
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

You're welcome.
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22 Jul 2014   #18
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Ahh thanks guys. I have never seen those icons. I don't have any of the themes that came with Windows, only 3rd party themes, so I guess that's why. A Guy
Perhaps, that's the answer then... what 3rd party themes do you use Bill?
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22 Jul 2014   #19
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Tell truth, haven't changed off of Black Horizon Xtreme since I installed it Mr. Grim makes the best themes IMHO



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