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Windows 7: Custom folder icons disappear when drive letter changes

04 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate amd64
Custom folder icons disappear when drive letter changes

Hi all,
I don't think this is exactly related to customization, but rather maybe the way Windows 7 handles file paths.

Anyway, here's my problem: I have an external HD with many folders with custom icons. On my PC the drive letter which is always assigned is G. Now, when I use it on a friend's PC, which assigns drive letter E, all my custom folder icons disappear. Note that all the relevant .ico files are where they're supposed to be (inside the folders whose icons they should customize).

What am I doing wrong? I'm assuming Windows always tries to locate the icons on a G: drive, which only exists on my PC but not on my friend's (where it's E). How can I change that?

Sorry for the fairly stupid question, I'm sure it's very newbie of me, despite having switched to Win in 2004!

Thanks in advance, cheers...

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15 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate

This question is probably not relevant to you anymore since it was so long ago, but to anyone that stumbles upon this here is the solution:

The icons are either saved on your internal hard drive or your external depending on where you placed them. It might be best to save them on your hard drive and make them into hidden files by going into the properties of the icons. Windows reads a hidden desktop.ini file inside each folder with a custom icon. Each desktop.ini file has the same drive letter of the computer the custom folder icon was created in. So your best bet would be to assign your hard drive to the same letter in the .ini file. You can do this by going into Control Panel, System and Security, Administrative Tools and below it should say,"Create and format hard disk partitions." Click that and right click on your external drive. Select, "Change drive letters and paths..." and assign the drive letter to the one that matches the desktop.ini files in your custom icon folders and tada, it'll work.
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