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Windows 7: Changing shell icons thru Regedit - some icons not affected?!

19 Sep 2016   #1
skribb

Win7 x64 Enterprise
 
 
Changing shell icons thru Regedit - some icons not affected?!

I am trying to find a way to change all the shell icons via Regedit instead of modifying the DLL files.
It's working pretty well so far. A problem I'm having tho is that even after assigning new icons for folders in several places, they still remain the system default in Save/Open dialog.

these entries affect the folders:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\DefaultIcon]
@="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Icon packs\\Blue Aero i7\\imageres.dll,-4"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\DefaultIcon]
@="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Icon packs\\Blue Aero i7\\imageres.dll,-4"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]
"3"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Icon packs\\Blue Aero i7\\imageres.dll,-4"
"4"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Icon packs\\Blue Aero i7\\imageres.dll,-4"

Network, hard drive and text file icons remain unchanged as well.

Could there be more places in the Registry where icons are decided?


Below you'll find my complete reg file that I use:

Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ;;;;;;; when pointing to an icon resource, using DLL files apparently scales the icons better than using raw .icos


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]
"8"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\Aero i7 icons\\hard drive.ico"
"9"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\Aero i7 icons\\hard drive network.ico"
"10"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\Aero i7 icons\\hard drive network offline.ico"
"11"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\Aero i7 icons\\CDROM drive.ico"
"13"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\network.ico"
"15"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\black laptop.ico"
"17"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\networkhood.ico"
"31"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\bin_empty.ico"
"32"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\bin_full.ico"
"33"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\network.ico"
"34"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\desktop google Icon 47.ico"
"37"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\Aero i7 icons\\aero i7 printer folder.ico"
"38"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\Aero i7 icons\\font folder.ico"
"43"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\favorites.ico"
"51"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\bin_full.ico"
"52"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\bin_full.ico"
"53"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\bin_full.ico"
"59"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Windows Shell Icons\\File Types\\txt.ico"
"3"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Icon packs\\Blue Aero i7\\imageres.dll,-4"
"4"="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Icon packs\\Blue Aero i7\\imageres.dll,-4"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\DefaultIcon]
@="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Icon packs\\Blue Aero i7\\imageres.dll,-4"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\DefaultIcon]
@="M:\\Portfolio\\Settings & Backups\\[icons]\\Icon packs\\Blue Aero i7\\imageres.dll,-4"



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20 Sep 2016   #2
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Do you know anything about Registry and its HKEY.

If not, don't touch and edit any items inside.

Registry have only 3 Main HKEY
Not that 5 HKEY

When open to edit, it will populate the 2 extra HKEY.

You made a change which is not the real HKEY.

Did you save "export" the whole registry and/or those items you just edited.

That is why it failed.
Use the properly way without going directly to change any Registry.


Edit: I read and did many changes in the past since beginning on MS-Dos.
Now, i do not touch &or edit any items inside.

Maybe someone may provide you another route.
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20 Sep 2016   #3
skribb

Win7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

thanks for your reply!

No, I didn't export the registry as a whole.

and what do you mean by not 5 HKEY? I only made reference to HKCR and HKLM as you can see. I haven't edited my own account ID registry keys directly, or anything like that.
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