Download and install the above mentioned programs. Now it starts : Suppose we are changing the default games icon with this one
Though almost all of the system is changeable in this process, it is just an example 1.
Go to C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll and take a copy if it in a secured place (i.e. take a backup of it) 2.
Now Take Ownership of
the imageres.dll 3.
Open IcoFX. Click on Tools > Resource Editor.
In the resource editor window , click on the folder icon. The Open Resources window will appear.
In the open resources window, give the filename "imageres.dll" and click open.
So in the resource editor window, The games icon no is #14
We are to moderate it using Resource Hacker. Now we may close IcoFX. 7.
Open Resource Hacker. Click on File > Open . It will automatically open in System 32.
In the incoming box, give the file name "imageres.dll" and click "open".
Now, Click on the "+" sign in front of "Icon Group"
You will look the Icon group tree expands, and an item "*1033" there. Click on "*1033" and see the games icon revealed in the right side pane of the window.
Now right click on "*1033" and click on "replace resource"
In the upcoming box, click on "Open the file with new icon" and browse for it.
Now, first click on "Select new icon" and then click on "replace"
Repeat upto step 13 for the icons you want to change at a time, and when all of your icons are replaced, go to step 14.
We are almost done. We successfully modified the imageres.dll file. Now it is to save it. Cilck on File > Save as, give the filename "imageres,dll". Save it on your desktop.
Go again to C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll. Rename it to inageresOLD.dll or something. Now copy the modified imageres.dll in that location. The last thing is to restart ... either you may restart your computer, or you may restart explorer.exe using task manager. 16.
After restart, Click on start menu and place your pointer on the games link. you will get it
I agree with you that the process is lengthy and labourous
But it is the free of cost way to change all the system icons.
Enjoy yourself. And again,dont forget to backup your original imageres.dll before starting the process