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Icons - Change Using Resource Hacker

How to Change Windows 7 System Icons Using Resource Hacker
Published by Arc
23 Mar 2010
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A few days ago I faced a question How do I change icons using restorator???? . I provided the suggestion there; latter thought if there is a tutorial, it may help many guys asking the question.
Note   Note
Tools required :
1. Resource Hacker : Now supports 64 bit system and .png files. Download it from : Download New Updated “Resource Hacker 3.5.2 Beta” with 64-bit and PNG File Support - Tweaking with Vishal

2. IcoFX : A free application that can be used to get a ready reference of the system icons. Download it from IcoFX - The Free Icon Editor - Download


Download and install the above mentioned programs.


Now it starts :

Suppose we are changing the default games icon with this one Name:  chinaz5.png
Views: 25647
Size:  234.4 KB

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.
-pic1.jpg
4. In the resource editor window , click on the folder icon. The Open Resources window will appear.
-pic2.jpg
5. In the open resources window, give the filename "imageres.dll" and click open.
-pic3.jpg
6. So in the resource editor window, The games icon no is #14
-pic4.jpg
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.
Name:  pic5.jpg
Views: 22815
Size:  37.5 KB
8. In the incoming box, give the file name "imageres.dll" and click "open".
Name:  pic6.JPG
Views: 22843
Size:  74.0 KB
9. Now, Click on the "+" sign in front of "Icon Group"
Name:  pic7.JPG
Views: 22764
Size:  42.5 KB
10. 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.
Name:  pic8.JPG
Views: 22964
Size:  129.5 KB
11. Now right click on "*1033" and click on "replace resource"
Name:  pic9.jpg
Views: 23200
Size:  143.9 KB
12. In the upcoming box, click on "Open the file with new icon" and browse for it.
Name:  pic10.JPG
Views: 22711
Size:  106.3 KB
13. Now, first click on "Select new icon" and then click on "replace"
Name:  pic11.JPG
Views: 22744
Size:  107.2 KB
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.
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.
Name:  pic12.jpg
Views: 22889
Size:  80.7 KB
15. 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
Name:  final.jpg
Views: 22415
Size:  81.0 KB
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






24 Mar 2010   #1
scoopeeedoo

 
 

Thanks Arc! Nice tuto!!!

Very interesting dll to customize, but what a huge work to do it all!!!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Mar 2010   #2
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scoopeeedoo View Post
Thanks Arc! Nice tuto!!!

Very interesting dll to customize, but what a huge work to do it all!!!
You are welcome , pal!
Really time consuming ! But you know, it is the only way to get access over all your system icons without reducing your pocket ! Many paid programs are there who either doesnot allow to change all it icons (like tuneup) or doesnot provides flexibility (like stardock iconpackager). But yah... you may mention restorator !

When you provided the 64 bit reshacker link , I planned for it. So again we are mutually thanking each other
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30 Mar 2010   #3
Muneem

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Nice very tuts!
ThNnx Yew bro
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30 Mar 2010   #4
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Nice tutorial; even I can understand it. Thanks.
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30 Mar 2010   #5
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muneem View Post
Nice very tuts!
ThNnx Yew bro
I am glad that you liked it

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Nice tutorial; even I can understand it. Thanks.
Hi Carl ! At least I know that there is no enough reason to underrate you in such a manner Though its my pleasure that you approved it. It's important to me.
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30 Mar 2010   #6
iseeuu

 
 

Very well done Arc, nice job!
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30 Mar 2010   #7
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Very well done Arc, nice job!
I value your words, Robert
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30 Mar 2010   #8
Everlong

 

Thanks for this tutorial. Was exactly what I needed
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30 Mar 2010   #9
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong18 View Post
Thanks for this tutorial. Was exactly what I needed
Feeling nice that it may fulfill some of your needs. Most welcome for your comment.
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