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Notification Area Icons - Customize

How to Customize the Notification Area Icons in Windows 7
Published by Arc
22 Nov 2010
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How to Customize the Notification Area Icons in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to change the Notification Area icons to be any custom icon you would like instead in Windows 7.
Note   Note
Tools needed :
1. Resource Hacker .
2. System File Replacer
3. IcoFX - The Free Icon Editor ; if you want to make or edit icons .
warning   Warning
To be safe and secured, it is better to Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup before starting any customization activities. Moreover, I recommend to have manual backup (copy and paste in a secured place) of the files before modifying, so that it may be changed easily to default as and when it is needed .

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OPTION ONE
Change Volume Notification Icon

NOTE: To change the volume icon, it is to edit SndVolSSO.dll ; situated in C:\Windows\system32.
1. Open Resource Hacker ; Browse to C:\Windows\system32\SndVolSSO.dll .

2. Change the icon group numbers in the box with appropriate icons as stated in step 3.
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3. Expand (click on theplus sign before) 120 , click on 1033 .

4. Now Click on Action > Replace icon . In the resulting window click on "Open File With a New Icon" and then "Replace" .
NOTE: If in between this action it says "Out of System Resources", dont worry, nad just click on "OK" button . If the original or replacement icon dont have all the 12 layers, such notification occurs. Do the same thing for the rest icon group numbers.
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5. Now Click File > Save As ... give the name "SndVolSSO.dll ; and save it on Desktop.

6. Open System File Replacer, browse to the original first, then browse to the new, replace file and reboot . The change will take place after restart.



OPTION TWO
Change Network Notification Icon

NOTE: To change the Network icon, it is to edit pnidui.dll , situated in C:Windows\system32.
1. Open Resource Hacker and browse to C:\Windows\System32\pnidui.dll

2. Change the icon groups located in the box with appropriate icons.
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3. Proceed as in volume icon , when finished save the file as pnidui.dll on desktop.

4. Replace the newly created file with the original using System File Replacer and reboot . The change will take place just after the reboot .



OPTION THREE
Change Action Center Notification Icon

NOTE: To change the Network icon, it is to edit ActionCenter.dll , situated in C:Windows\system32.
1. Open Resource Hacker and browse to C:\Windows\System32\ActionCenter.dll

2. Change the icon groups located in the box with appropriate icons . (Usually it is not needed to change 8 and 9; but you may do it if you want .)
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3. Proceed as in volume icon , when finished save the file as ActionCenter.dll on desktop .

4. Replace the newly created file with the original using System File Replacer and reboot. The change will take place just after the reboot .



OPTION FOUR
How to Restore Default Icons

NOTE: To restore defaults, you are to get the dll files back up manually, in a secured place . Just replace the modded files in system location with the original dll files from your backup, and restart your computer . All the defaults will be restored .

This tutorial is incomplete ; as I dont know which file reveals the Power (battery) icon . If anybody can add it, it would be great .






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22 Nov 2010   #1
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

ooooooo that is awesome Arc. Nice Tutorial.

I might give this one a go.

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22 Nov 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Nice job Arc, well done!
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22 Nov 2010   #3
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Good work, Arc, an excellent tutorial.
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22 Nov 2010   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Thanks a lot Thor, Derek and Carl
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22 Nov 2010   #5
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Good one Arc

A Guy
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22 Nov 2010   #6
dobhar

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Nice one Arc...well done!!! I'm going to try it on my Lappy when I get home from work\gym.
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23 Nov 2010   #7
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6
 
 

Very nice tutorial.
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23 Nov 2010   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Thanks Bill, Kent and Abhishek
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23 Nov 2010   #9
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Nice job Arc!
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