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Windows 7: How do I change the Homegroup avatar/icon?

12 May 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
How do I change the Homegroup avatar/icon?

Hi guys,

I was just goint to access my Homegroup, and it popped up with the usual Homegroup avatar/icon, which I do not find attractive at all. Is there a way to change this to a different graphic file or something else besides a generic person looking thing?

Thanks for any help!!!

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12 May 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

You can do so by following Shawn's tutorial:

HomeGroup Icon - Change Default Icon
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12 May 2010   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Ahhhhh, very helpful...

Hello notsograymatter,

That seems like possibly what I want to do, but not exactly. What I want to change is the Homegroup user computer icon, not the "Homegroup" icon. (See the clip attached for what I am speaking of.) Does this same process apply? Also, this brings me right back to my other posts as to how do I run as administrator if I am the administrator, but my computer did not give me administrator privileges?

Thank you so much! :)

P.S. Is there a way to tell when you're "running as administrator"?

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12 May 2010   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Closing comments and desires...

Well, I finally figured out how to get my system to recognize the Macrium Images I previously made, so I am going to restore to a clean system restore I made before I started having problems, then re-do making the Data partition, and moving the files appropriately. So, I am good to go. There are a couple of things that would still help though:

1. A Windows 7 OS save settings/export settings tool which would save the customizations I have made since the clean, stable install;

2. An Outlook settings transfer tool, which would transfer or export the email setups, as well as all of the Outlook Options I have personally configured; and

3. A way to determine what changes I have made to my system since the Macrium Image was created. That way, I can pick and choose which apps I want to reinstall and which ones I do not. I tried going in to the System Restore settings, and it turns out that, when I created the Data partition and moved the files, it turned off the System Restore. Nevertheless, there were many changes made before that, which may have created restore points that I could use to identify the changes that need to be re-made. If there is a 'back door' into the System Restore log, or another system change log, it would be very advantageous to have.

So, if anyone can help me with any of these, I would have the utmost gratitude. Bill2 was kind and diligent enough to locate a superb tool for exporting my Internet Explorer settings, so that will prove most helpful. If I had such a tool for Outlook [2010], and Windows 7 OS settings, I would be ecstatic!

Thanks to all who contributed to my dilemma. I cannot express in words how grateful I am for you sharing your knowledge and insights with me. I will be "awarding rep" later today, after things settle out and I find out which posts I can give the rep to. This forum kind of limits the rep I can spread around, but I will try to give as much credit where it is due.

With utmost appreciation,
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