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Windows 7: Possible to replace the default folder icon in shell32.dll?

09 Jun 2016   #1

Window 7 Pro 64bit
Possible to replace the default folder icon in shell32.dll?


Background: I have win 7 pro 32 bit and I have customized it look like MY WinXp which was customsized to look like my old win 98se. This is just a desktop computer not on some company network.

OK, once customized you cannot choose a folder, customize the icon and apply to all folders so I was trying to figure out if there was anyway to get the folder I want which is the old one from 98 and WinXP [it drives me nuts to have a folder standing on its side given that all the stuff would fall out, every one has their issues :) Anyway, the only way I could figure that it might be done, is if there is a method to actually replace the existing folder icon that is inside the shell32.dll. I don't really know programming so not sure if that is possible and if not then I can forget it.


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10 Jun 2016   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Yes it can be done except the folder icons are in the imageres.dll in C:\Windows\System32

Inside that .dll is an icon folder and you will need to change .ico #s 3 and 4 are the same open folder and 5 is the back of the live folder and 6 is the front of the live folder and 162 is multiple folders.

This is an example of a live folder.
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Look at this tutorial Icons - Change Using Resource Hacker should give you the basics of how to change it.

To properly change a system file you need to take ownership give yourself permission and rename the old file and then copy in the new one look at Post #6 of this thread will tell you how to do it Basic Networking Information

If you need any help let me know.

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