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Windows 7: Control Panel - Change Default Icons

18 Dec 2010   #20

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Joe,

Those would be dependant on the installed program and driver instead.

You might be able to if they had a CLSID key that you could find for it at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID, and change the icon in the DefaultIcon key at that location the same way as in the tutorial.

You might even be able to use the program Resource Hacker on their .cpl file usually in the C:\Windows\System32 folder to manually change the icon used.

Hope this helps some,

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09 Nov 2011   #21

Windows 7

Correct value for Administrative Tools in the table must be


But in your table the value is {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-OC5020524153}\DefaultIcon
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09 Nov 2011   #22

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Ooops. Thank you Nizaury for pointing this out. It has been corrected now.
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28 May 2012   #23

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Attempting to take ownership of the CLSID for Sound {f2DDFC82--8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AAD} I recieved an error. I am familiar with the registry & this isn't my first time, but this is the first time that I have encountered this error. Any help is appreciated.
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28 May 2012   #24

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Poopcow23,

What was the full error message that you got, and at what step did you get it?
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29 May 2012   #25

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

While trying to apply "Full Control" to the admin account. The error message; Unable to save permission changes on DefaultIcon. Access is denied. Thank you for your time Brink.
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29 May 2012   #26

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That error usually indicates that you are either not the owner or not logged in an administrator account while doing this. Did you take ownership of the {f2DDFC82--8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AAD} key before trying to set permissions to "Full Control" for your user account?
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29 May 2012   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

I only have one user profile. No, I did not take ownership of the key first. I did manage to change the icon after rebooting and logging in under safe mode. Then I applied permissions to both the admin and other user account. Proceeded to then log back on my regular profile & input the data necessary for the icon change. Next time I will have to remember to take ownership =P & one more quick question if you don't mind, I only have one account. Which is an administrative account, modifing the permissions should not have been an issue right?
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29 May 2012   #28

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

It's no problem. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.

Yeah, even while logged in as an administrator (unless it's the built-in Administrator account), you would still have to take ownership first (steps 5-7) before setting permissions (step 8) as outlined in the tutorial.
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23 Jul 2013   #29

Windows 8 64bit

Could someone post a guide about how to change the icons in the control panel category view?
I don't know how come but mine don't change
I've identified the icons in the imageres file and changed them and replaced the file but the original icons are still there that's weird because any other icon I've changed has been replaced by my new ones
Can someone help me out? Thanks
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