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Windows 7: problems changing icons

16 Apr 2009   #1

windows7 7100 x64
problems changing icons

im trying to make a couple of themes got the wallpapers i wanted all ready to go and got different my computer icons and recycle bin icons and IE icons for each theme i want to create was going to use a differnet sound scheme from the list for each theme.
i can change the icons for recycle bin and my computer but the problem ive come across is the recycle bin doesnt change when its got something in it even though i have assigned a different icon for it when its full.
any ideas or has any one else come across this problem?

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16 Apr 2009   #2
Orbital Shark


If you locate where you have put the theme file (e.g. [name].theme) you can right click it & select open with, choose notepad look at what the file is stating for the recycle bin

it will look like this


You will just need to change the Full= & Empty= to navigate to the icons you choose.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Apr 2009   #3

windows7 7100 x64

no wont work tried opening it the way u described and basicly cant understand a word,so cant find any lines at all like u have described

edit-its a bit odd because if i change it back to default it works fine
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16 Apr 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Murphy,

You might see if using the method in this tutorial with the new icons may work for you.

Recycle Bin - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
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16 Apr 2009   #5

windows7 7100 x64

tried both methods and they wont work for me if im using custom icons,the default is fine works perfectly but if i change the icons for empty and full the icons themselves change ok but i have to hit f5 to get it to refresh and then it does change.
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16 Apr 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I too have the problem with changed Recycle bin icons not updating to show full or empty, unless I refresh screen. Then it changes... Using b7057.
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16 Apr 2009   #7
Orbital Shark


Yeah, it's the same all round. I've even created custom themes and the desktop still needs refreshing. It's quite strange
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17 Apr 2009   #8

windows7 7100 x64

this has been really bugging me lol
and i had a thought about it (i may be totally wrong) as the recycle bin works without any problems if i use the default,would it be possible to find in the registry where the controls are for the bin make a note of them then change the icons go back to the registry and see what the differences are maybe a fix to all our problems could lie there.
i would do it my self but i dont know where in the registry the controls for the bin are located.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Apr 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hi all ,

I followed what was said on another Forum . It means editing the registry , but it has worked for me .

Quote "
If I add a comma and 0 (,0) in the registry after the icon filename they will switch back and forth without refresh.

From this
Default %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\themes\icon\trashempty.ico
Empty %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\themes\icon\trashempty.ico
Full %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\themes\icon\trashfull.ico

to this
Default %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\themes\icon\trashempty.ico,0
Empty %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\themes\icon\trashempty.ico,0
Full %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\themes\icon\trashfull.ico,0

Added by Forum Moderator:
Warning: While this solution solves the issue or problem, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk. For more information about modifying the registry, see Microsoft support article 256986."
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Apr 2009   #10

windows7 7100 x64

ehoa i must say i am not to familiar with editing the registry but followed your instructions as it seemed easy enough and it works so thank you +rep
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