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Desktop Icons - Allow or Prevent Themes to Change

How to Allow or Prevent Themes to Change Desktop Icons in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
13 Dec 2008
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How to Allow or Prevent Themes to Change Desktop Icons in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
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, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.





OPTION ONE
Allow or Prevent Themes to change Desktop Icons in Desktop Icon Settings
1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on Personalize. (see screenshot below)
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2. Click/tap on the Change desktop icons link at the upper left corner, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)
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3. To Allow Themes to Change Desktop Icons
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Check the Allow themes to change desktop icons box, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below step 5)
4. To Prevent Themes from Changing Desktop Icons
A) Uncheck the Allow themes to change desktop icons box, and go to step 5 below. (See screenshot below step 5)
5. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
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6. You can now close the Personalization window if you like. (see screenshot below step 2)



OPTION TWO
Allow or Prevent Themes to change Desktop Icons using REG File


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes

ThemeChangesDesktopIcon DWORD

0 = Allow
1 = Prevent

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Allow Themes to Change Desktop Icons
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Allow_ThemeChangesDesktopIcons.reg

download
3. To Prevent Themes to Change Desktop Icons
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Prevent_ThemeChangesDesktopIcons.reg

download
4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn





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


My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jan 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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 10 Pro
 
 

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 10 Pro
 
 

No, not at all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 May 2014   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Tutorial updated to add Option Two.
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