How to Restore Default User Folder Icons in Windows 7 and Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to restore the default folder icon for all of your personal user folders icons in the Start Menu (Windows 7 only) and C:\Users\(user-name) locations in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
2. In the lower box, click/tap on your User Name folder to highlight it in blue. (See screenshot above)
3. Click/tap on the Restore Default button. (See screenshot above)
A) Click/tap on Apply, and go to step 5 below. NOTE:If it did not restore the default User Name folder icon, then proceed to step 4.
4. Click/tap on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below step 1)
A) If not already in the top line, click/tap on the Browse button, and navigate to C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll. (See screenshot below)
B) Select the default User Name folder icon, and click/tap on OK. (See highlighted in blue icon in the screenshot above)
5. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 1)
To Restore Default User Folders Icons
Through User Folder Properties
This option will be for all of the user folders in the C:\Users\(user-name) folder except the User Name folder itself (OPTION ONE).
To be able to change the Contacts and/or Desktop user folder icon, you can click on the Download button below to download the .reg files that enable the Customize tab in these user folders Properties page. After you download the .reg file, double click on it to merge it. You can then follow the steps in this OPTION below to change the icon.
To Restore (remove Customize tab) Default Contacts User Folder -
To Enable (add Customize tab) Changing Contacts User Folder Icon -
To Restore (remove Customize tab) Default Desktop User Folder -
To Enable (add Customize tab) Changing Desktop User Folder Icon -
1. Open the C:\Users\(user-name) folder. WARNING:This must be done at this location. It will not work by opening the user folder from the Start Menu location.
2. Right click or swipe down on the user folder icon that you want to restore to default, and click/tap on Properties. (See screenshot above)
3. Click/tap on the Customize tab, and click/tap on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
4. Click/tap on the Restore Defaults button. (See screenshot below)
5. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 3)
6. If the user folder icon has still not been restored to the default icon, then do Method Two below.
Through Desktop.ini File
NOTE:This option will be for all of the user folders in the C:\Users\(user-name) folder except the User Name folder itself (OPTION ONE).
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog.
2. Type in the Shell command (see table below) for the User folder icon that you want to restore to default, and press Enter. NOTE:This will open the personal user folder.
SkyDrive (Windows 8.1)
3. In Folder Options, set protected operating system filesto show. NOTE:Use step 4 in OPTION ONE at the link in this step. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this step.
4. Click/tap on the Download link below to download the default Desktop.ini file, in a ZIP file, for the User folder icon that you want to restore to default. NOTE:The Desktop.ini file is a .txt file that contains the user folder settings in it.
7. Right click or swipe down on the Desktop.ini file in the extracted folder, and click/tap on Properties, click/tap on General tab, the Unblock button, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If there is not an Unblock button, then it already is unblocked. Proceed to step 8.
8. Right click or swipe down on the Desktop.ini file, and click/tap on Copy.
9. Right click or press and hold on an empty space in the main part of the user folder window from step 2 above, and click/tap on Paste.
10. If prompted, click on Copy and Replace, then close the user folder window from step 2. (See screenshot below)
12. In the command prompt, type the command below for the user folder icon that you want to restore to default. (See table below) NOTE:This will set the user folder as Read-only. You can Copy and Paste these to make it easier for you. WARNING: If you had changed the default location of your user folder, then you will need to type the full path of it's new location after attrib +r instead of the default %USERPROFILE% location below. For example, attrib +r D:\New location
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Contacts /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Desktop /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Documents /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Downloads /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Favorites /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Links /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Music /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Pictures /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\"Saved Games" /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Searches /S /D
SkyDrive (Windows 8.1)
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\SkyDrive /S /D
attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\Videos /S /D
13. Close the command prompt.
14. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
15. Confirm that the folder icon is back to normal.
16. In Folder Options, set protected operating system files to be hidden again. NOTE:Use step 5 in OPTION ONE at the link in this step. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this step.
17. You can now delete the downloaded files (step 4) on your desktop if like.
I had problems with folders in one pc, followed your tutorial, method two, and solved almost everything, althoug, there's one folder that I didn't solve "Saved Games"
Can you help me with this, please?
Also, when entering the command (eg. attrib +r -s -h %USERPROFILE%\"Saved Games" /S /D), I always receive a message saying "The parameter format is not correct -"
I would appreciate your help with this.
I don't know why it didn't work, but after posting I entered the "Saved Games" folder properties, then clicked to change the folder icon and clicked restore predefinition.
It solved the issue.
Thank you very much for your help and this great tutorial,
System Manufacturer/Model Number By myself. OS Windows 7 32 bits. CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66. Motherboard ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo Memory 4GB DDR2 Graphics Card xfx nvidia 9500 GT 512MB DDR3 Sound Card Omega Striker 7.1 Monitor(s) Displays Viewsonic VX1962WM
Case Actek Hard Drives Seagate SATA 250GB 3gb (AHCI mode currently).
I lost download icon when I move the downloads folder by: right click download folder, properties, location, move tab.
I changed it to another partition without making a new downloads folder first, so the downloads folder dissapear replaced with D: (the destination folder)
I'm a "win 7 basic" user
I tried to restore it but this appear:
"falied to build the list of regular subfolder under "D:\System Volume Information" Access is denied"
I tried your "option one": I don't have personalize option because my win 7 basic.
I tried your "option two-method one": everytime I make new downloads folder it ask me to merge with new folder, and it dissapear right away.
I tried your "option two-method two": I found that your "downloads icon" link is empty, it contain no "desktop.ini" file.