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Windows 7: HomeGroup Icon - Change Default Icon



HomeGroup Icon - Change Default Icon

How to Change the Default HomeGroup Icon in Windows 7
Published by Brink
02 Nov 2009
Default HomeGroup Icon - Change Default Icon

How to Change the Default "HomeGroup" Icon in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to change the default HomeGroup icon to any custom icon that you want instead in Windows 7.
warning   Warning
  • You can only do this while logged into an administrator account.
  • This will affect all user account's HomeGroup icon on the computer.

EXAMPLE: HomeGroup Icon
NOTE: This is the default (left screenshot) and custom (middle and right screenshots) HomeGroup icon.
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Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu and type regedit.exe in the search line, then press enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In Regedit, go to the location below: (See screenshot below step 4)
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\DefaultIcon
4. In the left pane of regedit, right click on the DefaultIcon key and click on Permissions. (See screenshot below)
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5. At the top, select the Administrators group. At the bottom, check the Allow box to the right of Full Control and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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6. In the left pane of regedit, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
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7. To Restore the Default HomeGroup Icon
A) In the Modify window from regedit, type in the path below and click on OK.
%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-1013
B) Go to step 10.
8. To Use a Icon of Your Own
A) In the Modify window from regedit, type in the full path in quotes of where you have your custom icon (.ico file) stored at, then click on OK. (See screenshot below)
WARNING: You will need to use a 256x256 pixel icon that was made for Windows 7 and Vista for them to display properly at all of the available icon view sizes in Windows 7. You will also need to leave the icon (.ico file) saved at the exact location you typed below for it to continue to work. If you delete or move this icon, then it will no longer be displayed.
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9. To Use another Windows 7 Icon
A) Download and install the free program IconViewer to add the Icons tab in the screenshot below step 9B.
NOTE: Be sure to download the correct 32-bit or 64-bit version for your Windows 7.

B) In Windows Explorer navigate to the .exe (ex: for program icons) or .dll (ex: Windows 7 icons) file that contains the icon that you want to use for the default HomeGroup icon, then right click on the file, click on Properties, and the Icons tab. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: The most common Windows 7 icons come from the C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll file.
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C) Make note of the icon number for the icon that you want to use instead. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: For example, the default HomeGroup icon number is 1013. I'm going to change it to the 1027 icon number just as an example.

D) In the Modify window from regedit, type in the full path of the .exe or .dll file followed by ,-icon# (fullpath,-####) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: For example, if I want to use the path (step 9B) and the 1027 icon (step 9C), I would type:

%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-1027

OR

C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll,-1027
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NOTE: This is the default HomeGroup icon value.
10. If you have 64-bit Windows 7 Installed
Note   Note
To also change the HomeGroup icon in the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well in 64-bit Windows 7, you will also need to do this step.

If you have a 32-bit Windows 7 installed, then skip this step since doing steps 1 to 7/8/9 will change the HomeGroup icon in the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well.
A) In regedit, go to the location below:
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\DefaultIcon
B) Repeat steps 4 to 7/8/9 above.
11. Close regedit.

12. Restart the computer to fully apply.
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That's it,
Shawn




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10 Jun 2010   #1
Cato

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Works great! Is there anything you don't know???


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10 Jun 2010   #2
Brink
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Thank you Cato.

Nar, there's plenty that I don't about, and still learning everyday.
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19 Sep 2010   #3
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Works perfect but i had to change both key locations on my x64bit and restart for it to take effect, but when that was done it works very happy ^^
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18 Apr 2011   #4
IMAyNeed

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The regedit address for 64 bit users is the same as change favorites default icon tutorial.
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18 Apr 2011   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you sir. Fixed.
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18 Apr 2011   #6
IMAyNeed

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I thank you for all of these great tutorials!
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