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Desktop Icons - Allow or Prevent Themes to Change

How to Prevent or Allow Themes to Change Windows 7 Desktop Icons
Published by Brink
13 Dec 2008
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How to Prevent or Allow Themes to Change Windows 7 Desktop Icons

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This will show you how to allow or prevent the icons you changed for the Computer, User's Files, Network, and Recycle Bin desktop icons from being changed to the icons included in a new theme instead in Windows 7.




Here's How:
1. Right click on a empty area of the desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below)
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2. Click on the Change desktop icons link at the upper left corner. (See screenshot below)
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3. To Allow Themes to Change Desktop Icons
NOTE: Any custom (changed) desktop icon you have in your current theme will be changed whenever you change the theme.
A) Check the Allow themes to change desktop icons box. (See screenshot below step 5)

B) Go to step 5.
4. To Prevent Themes from Changing Desktop Icons
NOTE: Any custom (changed) desktop icon you have in your current theme will not be changed whenever you change the theme.
A) Uncheck the Allow themes to change desktop icons box. (See screenshot below step 5)
5. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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6. Close the Personalization window. (See screenshot below step 2)
That's it,
Shawn





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03 Jan 2009   #1
seven2010

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 
Custom themes that change Desktop icons...

After I have downloaded and extracted my custom Windows Classic theme files in the C:\Windows\Resources\Ease Of Access Themes folder and when I right-click on Desktop and click Personalize, will my custom Windows Classic theme change all or part of Desktop icons?

Thanks,
Michael

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03 Jan 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hi Michael,

It should changed whatever the theme was set to change. If included in the theme, it normally would only change the default desktop icons though and not any program shortcut ones.
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25 Nov 2010   #3
chiyuan

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 
enquiry

hi, let say i change desktop icons to my custom icons. will it affect my windows system?
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25 Nov 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Chiyuan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It will also change the icon for that item at any other location that it appears at in addition to the desktop, but that's all that it will affect.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Nov 2010   #5
chiyuan

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

just to confirm. it will not cause the system to crash or anything?
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25 Nov 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No, not at all.
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