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Windows 7: Folder Icon - Change Default Icon

15 Feb 2011   #39
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 
Folder Icon - Change Default Icon

How to Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icons using Resource Hacker

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29 Jul 2012   #40
Sunimar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows Server 2003 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Very nice, but if you do not want to work with the registry, you may use this simple method - lokks more involved than it really is.

1. Make a .ico from any picture

For that you use this little program on the web - no installation required (speaking of cloud computing, LOL). The following 4 pictures explain the steps:

2. Apply you new .ico to any folder

The following pictures explain this:

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a) Right click on the folder in question and "Open folder location"

b) Right click on subject folder > Properties > Customize tab

c) Go to "Change Icon" and browse to the folder where you stored your .ico

d) Pick your .ico > Apply and you are done
This definitely is an alternative option but only if one want to change few folder icons, if some has more then 5,000 folders on their HDD this step is tideous and time consuming and going to take forever to change all the icons with these steps.




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01 Oct 2012   #41
Bungee18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Amazing tutorial, worked amazingly well! Thanks for the good work. I couldn't be happier with the looks I got by applying this tutorial. Thanx. J


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26 Oct 2012   #42
astrojay17

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Edition
 
 

Was this problem ever solved properly, i have the problem where they are both changed but the only changes i see are in the save file popups and stuff like that. i have also tried every solution and none worked.

any help would be awesome im just trying to put the finishing touches on a theme im making
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05 Nov 2012   #43
astrojay17

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Edition
 
 

EAZY SOLUTION!

To anybody still trying to still accomplish this i found an easier way then the hassling replacing system files manually way and it works like a charm!

Step 1: Download this software - CustoPack Tools : Customize Windows XP, Vista, 7
Step 2: Open software and click "Create a CustoPack" and then "Create a new Pack" in the bottom right corner and fill out any info and check "Windows 7"
Step 3: Goto "Standard Icons/Folders" and change the top 5 icons to your custom ones.
Step 4: Goto "Pack Finalization" on the left menu and click "Test the Pack"

After applying they should be working fine.. This worked 100% for me if it doesnt there is also a "Purge Icon Cache" under the main menu "Settings and Configurations/System Configurations"

Cheers!
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07 Nov 2012   #44
GunRock

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Very Nice post and valuable info. I was looking for this for the past 3 years, eversince I purchased retail windows 7 Ultimate.
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11 Jan 2013   #45
SnackCabinet

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Everytime I replace the old file with the new one and do the other two things (Icon cache rebuild and deleting thumbnails), it doesn't work. I check the folders, nothing happened and I check in resource hacker and everything is back before I messed with it. What gives?
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18 Jan 2013   #46
Bungee18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SnackCabinet View Post
Everytime I replace the old file with the new one and do the other two things (Icon cache rebuild and deleting thumbnails), it doesn't work. I check the folders, nothing happened and I check in resource hacker and everything is back before I messed with it. What gives?
If you are saving with Resource Hacker to the original location (System32 and SysWOW64) it won't let you do it and changes will not take effect. That's why you probably aren't seeing any changes when you check the files.
Save the modified imageres.dll files to your desktop and then replace them: with systemfilereplacer, after taking ownership of the original files and deleting them or through an elevated command prompt.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

J
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