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Windows 7: Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon

19 Sep 2010   #60

Windows 7

Since I did this and then undid the changes (I followed the steps exactly), I now have to restart my computer every time I change my folders in order to view them.

Any idea on how to fix this?

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19 Sep 2010   #61

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Corielle, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Did it work properly when you changed the default folder icon?

Could you give more details on what you had changed it to, and post back screenshots of the registry locations showing all of the right pane?

When you say "every time I change my folders" and "in order to view them", what exactly do you mean? Could you post a screenshot of this as well?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Nov 2010   #62

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the tutorial, works great!
I think if you have 64 bit you also need to do all the steps for
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons"
as well. Like in most of the other tutorials, so that you can see the custom icons in "Save As" boxes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2010   #63

win 7
default full folder icon

i read for a few hours, and did not find on how to change this..
does anyone know, how to change the full folder icon, to a custom icon ?
i wana change the default folder icon that has files showing, to a custom full folder icon?
i dont understand how to change it..
i tried many ways, ie edit the imageres.dll 3,4,5,6, or whatever did not only changed a few folder icons and none of those icons had files showing on the icon..

so how do i change it ? thanks

also how do i change the folder icon that appers in the active window on the taskbar?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Dec 2010   #64

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Ekko,

Double check to see if it may be what is in the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial with still having thumbnail previews turned on.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2010   #65

win 7

yes im check this does not help me..
i want to change all my default fodler icons rather there full or have pictures in them or if they have movies folders in side of folders it dosent matter i want one view of them
like this

also i want to be able to use thumbnails..they in deed needed on my computer thanks..
idont see how to do this..this does not change the rigt icons for me ..
ive even installed icon packager..
it does not do what i want as well
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Dec 2010   #66

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Sorry, but this tutorial cannot do what you are wanting.

You should go ahead and create a new thread in the Customization forum area to see if someone may know a way for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2011   #67

Windows 7 Ultime 64-bit

Thanks for the great tutorial.

However, I did have to do what forte suggested to get my folder icons to change in the "Save As" dialogs.

They changed everywhere else with Shawn's instructions, but not in the "Save As" until I did what forte suggested.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2011   #68

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you both Forte and Quoderat for this suggestion and confirming it. I have updated the tutorial to include this as well now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Feb 2011   #69
Julio Cortez

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 Windows XP SP3

Thank you for the tutorial, which I found really really easy. You deserve some rep, sir

But I have a little question for you: I'm stuck in a situation in which I have all the folders with the new icon, but the "Fonts" folder stayed with the old, default "yellow-with-the-A" icon that feels a little annoying (you'd be right saying that I wouldn't need to open the C:\Windows folder anyway but, well..)

Is there a chance to have also the "Fonts" folder with the icon changed?
Should I maybe specify a different string value in regedit when it's used? And if so, could you tell me which is the value I should modify?

Thank you in advance!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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