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Changing Windows Icons

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 02:30 PM

This is a registry edit. If you're not familiar with working in the registry,
Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
Remember to backup the registry before making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry

Changing Windows Icons

Tried this a few months ago, very neat. :thumbsup:

1. Start > Run
2. In the 'Run' Dialog box, type regedit
3. GO TO: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons
4. Add a string value for each you would like to change, see below in spicific details.

0= Unknown file type
1= MSN file types
2= Applications Generic
3= Closed Folder
4= Open Folder
5= 5.25" Drive
6= 3.25" Drive
7= Removable Drive
8= Hard Drive
9= NetWork Drive
10= Network Drive Offline
11= CD-ROM Drive
12= RAM Drive
13= Entire Network
14= Network Hub
15= My Computer
16= Printer
17= Network Neighborhood
18= Network Workgroup
19= Start Menu's Program Folders
20= Start Menu's Documents
21= Start Menu's Setting
22= Start Menu's Find
23= Start Menu's Help
24= Start Menu's Run
25= Start Menu's Suspend
26= Start Menu's PC Undock
27= Start Menu's Shutdown
28= Shared
29= Shortcut Arrow
30= (Unknown Overlay)
31= Recycle Bin Empty
32= Recycle Bin Full
33= Dial-up Network
34= DeskTop
35= Control Panel
36= Start Menu's Programs
37= Printer Folder
38= Fonts Folder
39= Taskbar Icon
40= Audio CD


Make a new String Value.
Type: give it name 3, and in the 'value' box, type in the link or address of the image you want it. Now, the "Closed Folder's" icon will be the image of the image you have chosen


1. Name a new String Value
2. Name: 9
3. Value of String: C:\Windows\Icons\Image.ico
Result: This will change the "NetWork Drive" image into "MyIcon.ico"

NOTE: As far as i know, the image extention must be .ico

ALSO, you many need to reboot after making changes.

WARNING: Do this at your own risk, I don't want to be blamed afterwards if this doesn't work or your computer gets messed up. I suggest save your registry files before doing anything.

Mod Edit: Edited to add warning. ~tg

Edited by KoanYorel, 04 July 2006 - 07:43 AM.

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#2 prakash2119


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Posted 04 July 2006 - 07:32 AM

Sorry yaar unable to understand ...like what name i should give to change the my computer icon ....

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 01:01 AM

For My Computer, add a String with the name 15 in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons and set that string's value to the location of your desired .ico file.

Also, Windows is able to change icons without using the registry. You're able to change only a few of them, but they're the most used ones:

Right-Click on your desktop and click Properties. Goto the Desktop tab and press the button labeled "Customize Desktop..." In there you will see a menu with icons in it (My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places, etc.) Simply click on the one you wish to change and press the button labeled "Change Icon..." In the new window, press "Browse..." and browse to and select your desired .ico file.

Edited by .Prodigy., 06 July 2006 - 01:02 AM.

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