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Windows 7: How to change the homegroup and libraries icons?

18 Aug 2009   #1
barryfell

Windows 7
 
 
How to change the homegroup and libraries icons?

I want to change the icons for homegroup and libraries (the yellow libraries icon, not the blue libraries icons)

Does anyone know how to do this? A half hour search of here and the web gave no results.


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26 Aug 2009   #2
sergiogarcia9

 

maybe try to edit imageres.dll
edit: Tried, but it seems like it wont change
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26 Aug 2009   #3
stevecn70

Windows 7 64bit RTM
 
 

The information for the Libraries Icon is stored here in the registry:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\DefaultIcon

You will need to right click on the DefaultIcon Key(folder thing) over on the left and click on permissions. Highlight administrators and put a check in the full control box. You will then be able to edit this:

%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-1023

If you put in your own path to an .ICO file, make sure the .ICO file is 256x256 for best quality. Also make sure the path you put into the registry is enclosed in quotes if there are spaces in the path.

The HomeGroup Icon info is stored here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\DefaultIcon

Use same procedure as above.
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27 Aug 2009   #4
barryfell

Windows 7
 
 

That worked. Thanks very much.
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03 Oct 2009   #5
pongster

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevecn70 View Post
The information for the Libraries Icon is stored here in the registry:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\DefaultIcon

You will need to right click on the DefaultIcon Key(folder thing) over on the left and click on permissions. Highlight administrators and put a check in the full control box. You will then be able to edit this:

%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-1023

If you put in your own path to an .ICO file, make sure the .ICO file is 256x256 for best quality. Also make sure the path you put into the registry is enclosed in quotes if there are spaces in the path.

The HomeGroup Icon info is stored here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\DefaultIcon

Use same procedure as above.
Tried changing the Yellow Libraries Icon using these excellent instructions but it didn't change. I've tried with and without quotes and rebuilding the icon cache... It will change in the "Save As" dialog boxes but not at the navigation pane. (weird, I know=)) I was also unable to change the favorites icon from Yellow to a customized icon I found on deviantart. (searched the registry for the CLSID of the Favorites entry)

I've rebooted, refreshed and the icons still won't budge.

Any ideas?

Edit:

Figured it out! I was changing the permissions in my litestep shell... once I switched back to explorer as shell and edited those files, kaboom... instant icon gratification!

Thanks! =)
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25 Oct 2009   #6
boywithaxe

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you! It took me 4 months to find this solution.You are a star.
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26 Oct 2009   #7
koumy

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pongster View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevecn70 View Post
The information for the Libraries Icon is stored here in the registry:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\DefaultIcon

You will need to right click on the DefaultIcon Key(folder thing) over on the left and click on permissions. Highlight administrators and put a check in the full control box. You will then be able to edit this:

%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-1023

If you put in your own path to an .ICO file, make sure the .ICO file is 256x256 for best quality. Also make sure the path you put into the registry is enclosed in quotes if there are spaces in the path.

The HomeGroup Icon info is stored here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\DefaultIcon

Use same procedure as above.
Tried changing the Yellow Libraries Icon using these excellent instructions but it didn't change. I've tried with and without quotes and rebuilding the icon cache... It will change in the "Save As" dialog boxes but not at the navigation pane. (weird, I know=)) I was also unable to change the favorites icon from Yellow to a customized icon I found on deviantart. (searched the registry for the CLSID of the Favorites entry)

I 've rebooted, refreshed and the icons still won't budge.
Any ideas?

Edit:

Figured it out! I was changing the permissions in my litestep shell... once I switched back to explorer as shell and edited those files, kaboom... instant icon gratification!

Thanks! =)
Got the same issue here uder 7 x64 . What's weird I've noticed how easy to refresh under 7 x86 but my icons does'nt refresh whatever I do ( delete icons cache under apps data , stopping / restarting explorer.exe )

I only see the new icons in dialog windows like when I save files ( save as ie ) but not in the tree panel .

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25 Jan 2010   #8
TheAslan

Windows 7 NVIDIA Edition x64
 
 
Where "favorites" icon is located

I managed to change libraries icon with following this quide, so thank you very much for that, but now i want to know where favorites icon is located, is it possible to change that icon too via regedit, like libraries icon?

Thanx so much for help!

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25 Jan 2010   #9
sergiogarcia9

 

There's also another tool who lets you change the Library icons, and it's simpler

From askvg:

Librarian is an excellent piece of software created by our friend "Happy Bulldozer aka hb860". It allows you easily tweak Libraries in Windows 7.

It is a multi-language application which allows you to:

* Create a new library with any folder(s) inside
* Change library's icon through standard Windows dialog
* Rename library
* Change content type of new or current library
* Change "default save location" option
* Change "Show in Navigation Pane" option
* Show library as XML

Download here: Librarian: A Library Manager for Windows 7 - Tweaking with Vishal
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