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Unable to change folder icons in (extra) large icons view

Question: Unable to change folder icons in (extra) large icons view

I have two icons that I want to assign to two folders. Unfortunately, something has gone wrong. Let me explain what happened step by step:

1. I have two folders: "A" and "B".
2. I have two icons (.ico files): "A" and "B".
3. I place icon "A" in folder "A" and icon "B" in folder "B".
4. I assign icon "A" to folder "A" and icon "B" to folder "B".
5. I notice that I've switched the icons around.
6. I move icon "A" to folder "B" and icon "B" to folder "A".
7. I rename icon "A" to "B" and icon "B" to "A".
8. I assign icon "A" to folder "A" and icon "B" to folder "B".
9. I notice that I still get to see the switched-around icons that I assigned in step 4 in the large and extra large icon views. In the smaller views the folder icons are now correct.

Here's what I did to try solve this problem:

- Follow two tutorials: Icon Cache - Rebuild and Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8 (for .ico files).
- Remove the icon cache using the Disk Cleanup utility.
- Run "sfc /scannow" and "chkdsk /f /r".
- Run CCleaner to cleanup the registry and manually remove some registry keys that I pinpointed by looking for the registry keys that change when I assign an icon to a folder.
- Restart the computer and the "explorer.exe" process.
- Completely remove the two folders, recreate the folders and icons and reassign the icons.
- Change the icon's path (rename the icon or any of the parent folders).

Only the last solution on that list actually 'solved' the problem, which gives you an interesting insight into the problem: it seems as if the switched-around icons are actually 'hard-coded' into the paths on which they existed when they were assigned in step 4. So it doesn't matter what you do: if the icon exists on any of the two paths on which the switched-around icons existed when they were assigned in step 4, and you assign it to a folder, you get to see the switched-around folder icon every time. This path and corresponding icon must be stored somewhere, else this wouldn't even be possible!

I've run out of possible solutions so I know of no other option than to go to these forums.
Hoping for some suggesions... Thanks in advance!
EDIT: SOLVED

It's a bit of an anticlimax but I've solved it. Apparently, removing the icon cache using the Disk Cleanup doesn't really remove the icon cache. So instead I went to:

C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

...and removed the cache manually. That did the job. I'll leave this thread here for people that experience a similar problem in the future.

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I have a folder that contains over 400 subfolders and new subfolders are added from time to time. Is there a way to change the default view of a folder and all its subs to extra large icons?

I know how to optimize the view of a folder and all its subs for pictures; but, that's not what I want.

I want Extra Large Icons.
 

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Hi guys! Every time I access a folder I have to go: VIEW- EXTRA LARGE ICONS to change how thumbnails are shown on windows explorer. How can I make VIEW as EXTRA LARGE ICONS a DEFAULT mode?? Many thanks!

Answer:How to view EXTRA LARGE ICONS as default?

ok i think it goes like this . change folder view to extra large icons, then clik organize / folder and search options/ view tab /apply to folders

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...l-folders.html

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Have I lost my mind - don't answer that !!!

I want to have my folders open in the Maximized form and with the Icons being in the Extra Large View. That seems simple enough, but -

I keep using Folder Options, but it just is not sticking. Am I using the wrong tool?

Thanks so much for any assistance. I appreciate BC a lot! I know that I can trust it here, and that is worth more than gold these days - - but then again, gold is not worth much either. . . .

Pat

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Hello! So I just signed up here because I'm desperate and don't know what to do.


So basically, I thought the windows 10 default folder icons were pretty bland and ugly so I decided to change them. I read that you could change your default icons by going into to registry and I did just that. Long story short, it didn't work so i deleted the registry folder that I had just created, like they said you could. I was very careful (or so I think) to not touch anything else


But now I'm worried I might have messed up somewhere because now I can't change icons for some of the folders I use. Not sure if this was a problem before that I didn't notice or if it's due to me messing around with things I don't understand.


As things are now, I can change icons for folders that I created but the folders that came with the system (like documents, music, movies, downloads etc) I'm currently unable to change. The thing is, I was able to change the folder icons just a while ago, so I changed them all by right clicking on the folder, choosing properties and then changing the icon, and that worked fine. Then I decided to just use the default icons anyway but I was only able to switch back some of them, and some of those now had the wrong folder icon. My "downloads" folder is just a blank white space for example and I'm unable to change it.

To show an example (I'm sorry the text is in swedish I hope you can somewhat understand):

Properties for an ordinary folder... Read more

Answer:Unable to change folder icons + folders showing the wrong icons

Hi, whenever you are about to make changes to your registry, back up beforehand. So you now know that and I'll show you an excellent way to rescue yourself in future.

First, do you have System Restore turned on (it's off by default in '10), and do you have any useful restore points?
Second, have you made a system image using Windows Backup and Restore or do you use disk imaging?

Either of those could let you restore your PC to a point before you made these changes- hopefully System Restore would protect enough to reverse your changes.

Please advise.

If you can't do that, and you are convinced there is a problem, then you may have two options, assuming you've not done some damage to the registry.

1. If you create a new user account for test purposes, do your folders look normal?

2. If not, I suggest you do an in-place upgrade repair install.
I will provide the instructions if necessary when you have replied.

Please post back and advise on these points.

I can also tell you how to achieve this quite easily and relatively safely:
Now here's the backup method we strongly recommend:
Creating disk images lets you restore Windows and all your disks and partitions to a previous working state, quickly and probably without technical help.

You can recover from:
- a failed disk drive (restore to a new one)
- ransomware (which encrypts your disk)
- user error
- unrecoverable problems from failed updates to problem programs
- unbootable PC (hardware faults aside)

Images also... Read more

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Hello! So I just signed up here because I'm desperate and don't know what to do.


So basically, I thought the windows 10 default folder icons were pretty bland and ugly so I decided to change them. I read that you could change your default icons by going into to registry and I did just that. Long story short, it didn't work so i deleted the registry folder that I had just created, like they said you could. I was very careful (or so I think) to not touch anything else


But now I'm worried I might have messed up somewhere because now I can't change icons for some of the folders I use. Not sure if this was a problem before that I didn't notice or if it's due to me messing around with things I don't understand.


As things are now, I can change icons for folders that I created but the folders that came with the system (like documents, music, movies, downloads etc) I'm currently unable to change. The thing is, I was able to change the folder icons just a while ago, so I changed them all by right clicking on the folder, choosing properties and then changing the icon, and that worked fine. Then I decided to just use the default icons anyway but I was only able to switch back some of them, and some of those now had the wrong folder icon. My "downloads" folder is just a blank white space for example and I'm unable to change it.

To show an example (I'm sorry the text is in swedish I hope you can somewhat understand):

Properties for an ordinary folder... Read more

Answer:Unable to change folder icons + folders showing the wrong icons

Hi, whenever you are about to make changes to your registry, back up beforehand. So you now know that and I'll show you an excellent way to rescue yourself in future.

First, do you have System Restore turned on (it's off by default in '10), and do you have any useful restore points?
Second, have you made a system image using Windows Backup and Restore or do you use disk imaging?

Either of those could let you restore your PC to a point before you made these changes- hopefully System Restore would protect enough to reverse your changes.

Please advise.

If you can't do that, and you are convinced there is a problem, then you may have two options, assuming you've not done some damage to the registry.

1. If you create a new user account for test purposes, do your folders look normal?

2. If not, I suggest you do an in-place upgrade repair install.
I will provide the instructions if necessary when you have replied.

Please post back and advise on these points.

I can also tell you how to achieve this quite easily and relatively safely:
Now here's the backup method we strongly recommend:
Creating disk images lets you restore Windows and all your disks and partitions to a previous working state, quickly and probably without technical help.

You can recover from:
- a failed disk drive (restore to a new one)
- ransomware (which encrypts your disk)
- user error
- unrecoverable problems from failed updates to problem programs
- unbootable PC (hardware faults aside)

Images also... Read more

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I've seen multiple posts here and other forums and I have tried all of the steps provided in those posts but it is not resolving my issue. I have the exact same issue as the user in THIS THREAD. I have tried the icon database rebuild (both manually and using the bat file HERE), I have tried ie4uinit.exe - ClearIconCache from command prompt, I have tried Disk Cleanup and checked the box to delete icon cache and I have tried different cache size amounts using the steps HERE. I've tried these all from normal boot and safe mode. I don't know what else to do. The icons that have the problem keep changing every time I restart the PC. I can change them to another icon, rename the icon the shortcut had previously been using and reapply that icon and it shows normal at that time but as soon as I restart the PC, icons change to the smaller size on random shortcuts again. What other steps are there?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Multiple icons showing in smallest size when using Extra Large Icons

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Have you tried the batch file in this tutorial:
Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default
It resets the area of the registry that stores some desktop icon info.
warning: read the note about desktoprestore.

You might also want to try combining the batch file for icon cache rebuild with this one... only kill/restart explorer once at the end.

Does this problem happen if you create (& log onto) a new (test) user account?

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I've got a little registry file that I run on all my new installs. One thing I been wanting to add to it is the ability to set the Folder View settings to "Large Icons" for "All Folders". The manual way to do this is...

- Open folder
- Right-Click > View > Large Icons
- Tools > Folder Options > View > Apply to Folders

So basically I'm looking for the registry key that I can change to set this via reg file. I've tried digging around in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU & Bags but it looks like those are for all folders. I'm looking for the one specific key/value that windows checks to determine what the folder view should be.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Registry Key for Folder View > Large Icons

Hello XenonKilla,

If you like, you could set your folder view settings to how you like, then use the tutorial to back up these settings as a .reg file that you can use to restore them in any user account.

Folder View Settings - Back Up and Restore in Windows

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hey guys,

found this (finally) on the net:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...2e8ff86?auth=1http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...2e8ff86?auth=1

None of the solutions helped, except this one:

In reply to Pinaki Mohanty's post on April 6, 2013

I tried this and it didn't work. But together with what I did next it probably helped.

Open up the folder with the pictures and click on the View tab
Next click on Options to the far right
Then Click on Change folder and search options
This opens up an options menu
Navigate to the view tab
uncheck the box that says Always show icons, never thumbnails
And Check the box that says Display file icon on thumbnails.

This should solve the problem. It worked for me.

Maybe this is in the tutorials here, do not know, but problem solved.

Jeff

Answer:Thumbnails not showing (Extra Large Icons, Large, Medium....

In addition:

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html

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Hello all,

I have been having a seriously frustrating time trying to fix icons displaying in my games folder way too small. Every icon is a custom x256 by x256 icon, and I have seen them all work properly at one point. However, for some reason these icons now appear in their 32x by 32x bit forms, as seen in the attached image.

I have tried everything, including rebuilding and refreshing the icon cache, editing the registry value to x4068 size, only refreshing or rebuilding then restarting, moving the icon files, moving the game shortcuts, so on. All of these shortcuts are offline .exe files, and these icons have taken me a long time to build.

I'm sick and tired of trying to solve it myself, so I've come here for help. The only thing that has worked so far was a Microsoft support file, which fixed the problem until I switched my account to my brothers so he could play, where his icons were broken and when I logged back in so were mine. I haven't been able to find the support file since. I'm very tired of trying to fix this computer, with some V9.com malware stuck in there and rooted so I cannot remove it, broken Windows Photo Viewer that won't even launch, general messes. Do you guys have any clue how I can fix my icons?

Answer:Some Extra Large Icons appear Extra Small

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
We might look into this malware issue first,
Post all scan results for review,
Repeat for all users,
Review Jacee?s instructions to run Adwcleaner here post #7,
Ignore the title of the thread,
Instant Savings App
Screen shot of the download button to use for Adwcleaner
You can use these free tools to see if they find anything,
Manually Update them before running full scans,
Try not to use your computer while the scans are running, (one at a time of course).
Uncheck the box to Activate the Free trial from the final install options,
Also use the Custom scan option not the Threat scan,
Select the drive to scan usually C,
If your really infected check the box to scan for Rootkits = this scan option will take several hours to complete,
Never use your machine while scans are running for best results,
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free
http://www.superantispyware.com/?tag=SUPERANTISPYWARE
This one is the longest up to 4 hours, the others are only about 45 minutes,
http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx


You will likely be better served in the security section for this issue,
Cheers.

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I recently had to do a fresh reinstall of Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit, & am now having problems changing any folder's image in the customary way (Properties >> Customize >> Choose File (to show on this folder icon)). After choosing & opening a file image, I "Apply" & click "OK". However, the selected image does not show up immediately as before (& as it should). I now have to add an empty "TEST" folder to the folder whose image I'm trying to change. Once this "TEST" folder has been added, the new image appears (sometimes I need to re-boot), & I can then delete the empty "TEST" folder. Furthermore, this method can be inconsistent, & a folder may revert to another image (especially in my backup drive). I have attached 2 screenshots of my Folder Options. Any help/recommendations to solve this maddening problem would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

Answer:Unable to change folder icons

as its an image you want to show in the folder and not actually change the folder icon to a different one.
then rename the image inside the folder to "folder", it will show then ,or at least it should, this is only a workaround im afraid and doesnt really answer your problem, i wonder if rebuilding the icons cache may help
Icon Cache - Rebuild - Windows 7 Forums

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When viewing large and extra large photo previews, the jpeg thumbnails will not load. Is this a 64 bit issue?

Any Ideas?

Answer:Large, Extra Large Icons won't load

I can tell you it's not a 64 bit issue as I do not have this problem.
Beyond that, I'll have to defer to another with more expertise in this matter.

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If you extract the icons from imageres.dll or shell32.dll then the maximum icon size is about 64x64 and 32x32 for most icons. I am trying to extract the largest icons, where can I get them. or am I just doing it wrong?
 

Answer:Where are the Extra-Large and Large Icons stored

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First post here on the SevenForums! I'm only saving the tough ones for you guys! Here's the problem:

My client's computer was infected with a virus obtained via Facebook. I removed this and multiple other infections (and I'm pretty thorough with my scanning). She gets it back, starts working on it, and apparently her devices and printers icons are blank. Not missing, like with a "blank page" icon, just... blank. Here's the kicker: it only happens with large and extra large icons. It also happens with normal folder icons. When I change it to medium or lower, they come back. I've tried rebuilding the icon cache database several times, tried sfc /scannow, tried chkdsk, tried uninstalling any recent updates, etc... There have been no hardware changes, the hard drive has been tested as good (no bad sectors), her dual monitors are at a sane resolution, and I'm confident that the viruses has been removed. Trust me -- I've tried all the obvious stuff I can think of. Thanks and Good luck!

Edit: Also, I did about 30 minutes of searching through previous threads. Couldn't find a thing, but I could have missed it...

Answer:Large & extra large icons blank

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Xileos


First post here on the SevenForums! I'm only saving the tough ones for you guys! Here's the problem:

My client's computer was infected with a virus obtained via Facebook. I removed this and multiple other infections (and I'm pretty thorough with my scanning). She gets it back, starts working on it, and apparently her devices and printers icons are blank. Not missing, like with a "blank page" icon, just... blank. Here's the kicker: it only happens with large and extra large icons. It also happens with normal folder icons. When I change it to medium or lower, they come back. I've tried rebuilding the icon cache database several times, tried sfc /scannow, tried chkdsk, tried uninstalling any recent updates, etc... There have been no hardware changes, the hard drive has been tested as good (no bad sectors), her dual monitors are at a sane resolution, and I'm confident that the viruses has been removed. Trust me -- I've tried all the obvious stuff I can think of. Thanks and Good luck!

Edit: Also, I did about 30 minutes of searching through previous threads. Couldn't find a thing, but I could have missed it...


Well you probably pulled some icon cache files off that were infected but also had the L and XL icons. If sfc didnt work you could try a repair install. It will re-install only the files with different hash marks.

Make a backup and restore point first just in case

Ke... Read more

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Question: Extra Large Icons

I am using Vista & I have a lot of Jpg Images which I want to put in to a Folder within Folder. How can I using View Extra Large Icons make all the Folders the same without doing it Folder by Folder?Thank you

Answer:Extra Large Icons

I don't use Vista - but in XP you can make all folders behave in the same way by going to Control Panel>Folder Options>View>Apply to all folders ....... perhaps similar in Vista?

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Hey guys, I managed to change my default icons to blue ones. They show great in List view but when I switch to the Large Icons view, thumbnails show preview in Yellow(original) icon, is there way to change them as well?

Answer:Icon change in "Large Icons" view

Hello ConstanT1ne, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This may be able to help. Be sure to read the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial as well.

Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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My daughter's laptop has extra large icons that I cannot get rid of. Also, when she goes to a website, that too is also very large and will not fit on the screen. I have tried to right click and adjust the icons but that does not get them back to normal. I have checked the dpi and that is as small as can be adjusted, Any help with this will be appreciated!!
 

Answer:Solved: Cannot get rid of extra large icons

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Hi there,
I was just wondering is there anyway to edit the size of the icons more than the 'Extra large Icons' maybe a tool or some manual way ?
Thanks.

Answer:Bigger than 'Extra large Icons' ?

Hello MoeX,

Very good question and this has baffled me; i have done some research for you.

It appears that a icon's Value (size) are in pixels and range from 0x20 (32) to 0x100 (256) with the default being 0x60 (96).
(32) being the smallest, and (256) the "extra Large".

However Microsoft don't allow bigger then 256 Pixels (Extra Large). Bit of a bummer really.
There 3rd party applications available that allow you to view your photos in a bigger view, but not permanent thumbnails.

I'm sure there is a way to make them bigger if you had edited the registry, but i DO NOT recommend this, unless you are 100% sure what you are doing. and have a Back-up and Restore Point.

Harribo2014

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I'm running Windows 10 64 bit Home edition on a laptop.
When I select "extra large icons" in WindowsExplorer the spacing increases but the thumbnail size stays the same as for"large icons".
I have tried all the suggested fixes from the net, but nonehas worked.
These included the obvious mouse wheel fix - this justreduces size,
registry tweak - did nothing,
A fix involving the group policy editor (once I'd made itwork) to "turn off task bar icons"
but that option wasn't there.
One suggestion to use the Faststone Image Viewer is anoption but it's an unwieldy overkill.
Can any one please help

Answer:Extra large icons too small

Hi,
windows - No on High DPI laptop (Win) - Super User






Switching up to the "Extra Large icons" (Cntl+Shift+1) setting DOESN'T ALTER THE SIZE OF THE THUMBNAILS. All it does is space them apart more and change the wrapping parameters of the filename (the text wraps onto a second line at 44 characters, instead of 16).



- does your laptop have a very high screen resolution?

Bigger than 'Extra large Icons' ? - Windows 7 Help Forums
- possibly an absolute pixel limit?

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Is there a software or upgrade to be able to view extra large icons/thumbnails like we can in Vista into XP?

Please advise
 

Answer:Extra Large Icons in Vista - Can We Have it in XP?

Hi,

I also wanted larger icons. You can do it in XP ( I have Pro and Service Pack 3 but don't think that makes a difference..).

Go to Control Panel ( Ensure you are in Category View as opposed to Classic View in the Left Hand Pane) >Accessibility Options>Configure Windows to Work for your vision, hearing and mobility needs..

A Wizard will open for you to configure all sorts of things including Icon Size, text size, scroll bar size, cursor size, etc.

Hope this helps
 

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Anyone know a way to reduces the space between the extra large icons or other sizes? Without changing the icon size, I remember in 2000 it was easy to do but all icons were the same size.

http://www.the-nova.co.uk/xlarge.jpg

Answer:Space between the extra large icons

Hi SosRandom,

There is really no true way to change the spacing. The only workaround that I know of is to manually change the window size some to change the space inbetween the icons some.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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If I open my windows 10 file explorer " this PC downloads", and want to see thumbnails in extra large size, this suddenly no longer works.
All the other sizes still work. Extra large is highlighted as my choice of size, but produces the same size as medium icons, though in a different configuration. i.e. they are in vertical lines with much white space between them, instead of horizontal lines quite close together, as in the medium size.
I have tried search and view etc but nothing works.
Up to 3 days ago the extra large size worked perfectly.
On my other windows 10 computer they still work. I have checked the ticked boxes in search and view on both computers and they are identical. Any ideas?

Answer:extra large icons stopped working

Hi, forgive the obvious question:
- do you have a system restore point prior to this occurring?
- or a disk image which you can use to restore your system to a previous state? (We strongly recommend the routine use of disk imaging e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) )

Is this problem apparent only in this one folder?

Please compare this
a. in Safe Mode
b. after a clean boot
c. when logged in as another user (create one for test purposes).

a & b may help to eliminate 3rd party conflicts (but not context menu extensions)
c may help to identify a user profile corruption issue.

Finally, do you know of any changes you have made in the last 3 days?

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Hi there, my problem is when I start up in the morning my icons and gadgets are extra large and I mean large, I solve this by right clicking on desktop, click screen resolution (which is also extra large) then click detect. This opens a normal size window and I am good to go. The display is set at (default) 100% and never changes so that isn't the problem. Also this only happens on a cold start up and not if I reboot
or restart while while I have been using the computer. I hope someone out there can help me with this small problem because it is very annoying, many thanks, Shibumi1.

Answer:Extra large icons & gadgets on start up.

What is the native resolution of your monitor and are you using it ?
Just read your specs, nice rig.

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Can change folder and shortcut icons with XP features, but is there an XP feature or 3rd party software package (possibly freeware) that can change (all extension types) file icons ?
Am looking at shareware (about $20) 'IconChanger 3.7' but not sure what file extensions it can work with (have emailed IC tech support for that list, but have not yet heard back).
Any ideas ?
 

Answer:How to change file/s icons in addition to folder & shortcut icons ???

I've found a couple of free ones. There's the XP Transformation Pack which will make XP look like Vista (I think). I have another one, but I can't remember what it's called or where I downloaded it from. I think I have the info at home (I'm at work right know) and if I find it, I'll be sure to post it...

Edit: here's one I found whilst Googling. It's an icon pack for about 30 or 40 different extensions....
http://interfacelift.com/icons-win/details.php?id=1928 Their home page provides access to a bunch of other icons... check it out.. If you're interested in making your own icons, there's lots of tools out there. The free ones are OK but usually limited in features. IconCool is one of the better ones, but it's not free. I Googled "XP icons" and found lots of stuff...

Edit #2: if you have seen icons already on your PC that you'd like to extract for personal use, use IconSnatcher. It will look inside EXE files and DLL files (and lots of others) http://www.snapfiles.com/get/iconsnatcher.html
 

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I've been tinkering with the look of my whole system recently. I didn't like the default theme or the folder icons. Now with the help of SevenForums article How to change default folder icons: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...lder-icon.html. It was a very handy article that got me quite far and the same principles applied to Win10 as it did on 7

I've been able to change only a few of the default folders. Now as I'm fairly average at tinkering I've done what the article said on my 10 machine with some success as shown below:


However the live folders do not update despite editing both the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons AND the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons Registry locations. This met with the above result after a restart. Below you can see what I did to the registry:

As you can see from the registry paths I replaced 3, 4, 5 (back), 6 (front) and 162 (full). But 5, 6 and 162 have not updated at all.

So Am I missing something or is there no way to alter these types of folders? Including but not limited to such as the Fonts folder icon, live folders, full folders or folders containing data of one form or another for example:



Any thoughts, help or suggestions would be appreciated, and if this article happens to already exist somewhere I do apologise for cluttering the forum up here as I've not been able to find anything specific so far.

Thank... Read more

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I've been tinkering with the look of my whole system recently. I didn't like the default theme or the folder icons. Now with the help of SevenForums article How to change default folder icons: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...lder-icon.html. It was a very handy article that got me quite far and the same principles applied to Win10 as it did on 7

I've been able to change only a few of the default folders. Now as I'm fairly average at tinkering I've done what the article said on my 10 machine with some success as shown below:


However the live folders do not update despite editing both the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons AND the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons Registry locations. This met with the above result after a restart. Below you can see what I did to the registry:

As you can see from the registry paths I replaced 3, 4, 5 (back), 6 (front) and 162 (full). But 5, 6 and 162 have not updated at all.

So Am I missing something or is there no way to alter these types of folders? Including but not limited to such as the Fonts folder icon, live folders, full folders or folders containing data of one form or another for example:



Any thoughts, help or suggestions would be appreciated, and if this article happens to already exist somewhere I do apologise for cluttering the forum up here as I've not been able to find anything specific so far.

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Answer:Change live folder icons and all other folder icons in Win10 Pro

Bump

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Hi all,

If you set the view to Extra Large Icons for video media files, it shows a screen capture from an instant very early in the video file (like in the first 5 seconds or something). Is there a way to modify what point in the video file the screenshot is taken from?

Thanks.

Edit: even better, is there is a way to set it so that, if you hover your mouse cursor over the icon, it cycles through several screenshots at various points in the video?

Answer:Extra large icons for video files - tweaking the screenshot?

welcome to the forum.
no i dont think there is a way to modify it , what you see is what you get.

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Strange new behavior.
Win 8.1
When I choose a folder and opt for view/large or medium icons, I initially get the chosen option, but after I close the folder and open it again after a few minutes, it opens back to the original details setting---quite annoying. This happens particularly after rebooting.

Any ideas?

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Whenever I view a folder which contains .MP4 (H264) video files in large icon view (shows thumbnails), Windows 7's Explorer crashes. Explorer loads for a few seconds, the green progress bar shows up, and then boom!, Explorer crashes. The thumbnails are not shown before crashing. Does anyone know how to fix this?

I tried setting Folder options to 'Always show icons, never thumbnails' (disables thumbnails) on the same folder with MP4 (H264) video files and Explorer doesn't crash if the MP4 thumbnails aren't shown. I tried testing in other folders containing other video formats (with 'Always show icons, never thumbnails' set to off) like .AVI/Xvid, without an MP4/H264 file, and Windows Explorer shows the thumbnails fine without crashing.

I have not currently experienced problems with other formats, only MP4/H264. The only media players that I have installed are KMPlayer and VLC Media Player which both do not install external codecs, AFAIK. The only external codec I have installed is CoreAVC, but I have been using CoreAVC for months (KMPlayer+CoreAVC is one of the first things I installed in Windows 7) without any problems (this issue just arose a few days ago).

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit.

Note: I prefer a solution that will not end up disabling video thumbnails for MP4 files. I still would like to see MP4 video thumbnails, if possible. If the video files themselves are problematic, I reckon Explorer should not crash and just not show the thumbnails.

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Answer:Windows Explorer crashes with MP4 files in Large Icons(thumbnails)view

Hi,
Try reinstalling your KMPlayer and VLC player.

After that do system file checker:
Right click Command Prompt → run as admin → sfc /scannow

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Hi there

I still prefer using the control panel rather than go hunting around in settings / right mouse click etc etc --especially if Ms have renamed some of the options.

The control panel is still there in W10 CU edition (1703 X-64 Pro) however if I change the view to large icons which is what I like it reverts back on the next use to the standard by category. I can't find any way to change it -- I'm running from desktop icon as shown.

1) Preferred view



2) Always get this default view



Any way to fix it.

Thanks

Cheers
jimbo

Answer:Control Panel - can't save Large icons view - defaults to original

Hi Jimbo,

See if anything in here may help:

Control Panel View - Category or Icons - Windows 7 Help Forums

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and also when deleting files recycle bin shows a black icon..

please help...

Answer:Folder Icons Are invisible when viewed large

Hi Qwerty77
Try this:

1) Right click the folder and choose properties.
2) Click on the Customize Tab.
3) Choose Change Icon at the bottom
Pick an icon you want top use for the folder,then click ok.

You may have inadvertently clicked on a "white" space when choosing icons. (It is possible to create invisible folders in that manner, hence the black box.
Try right clicking on your desktop first, and click refresh.
Hope this helps...

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Hi i need your help.

I want change the detail and large icons from status bar of the file explorer, i use WSB, but i not found the options for make this changes.

Orinal
i want change the icons with others, por example this.
Thaks for all

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Hi i need your help.

I want change the detail and large icons from status bar of the file explorer, i use WSB, but i not found the options for make this changes.

Orinal
i want change the icons with others, por example this.
Thaks for all

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It only fits two rows of apps and even the metro app I've been working on now has everything sized funny. This could come up as something that will bother users and make our apps look terrible without the user even knowing why.

Answer:All Icons in Metro mode have become very large - How to change it back

Hello r3ap3r, and welcome to Eight Forums.

What is your screen resolution set to?

You might check using the tutorial below to see if this may be the issue.

Start Screen - Metro Apps - Change Number of Rows in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi there,

I am currently having an issue with icons not displaying on Windows 10, I also cannot change the folder layout as it is grayed out as you will see in the snip it below.

For some reason Adobe PDF icons still display but all the others are just folder icons or the generic gray page icon.

Please help!

Answer:Cannot See any Icons or change View Type

Hello faceoffaith7, and welcome to Ten Forums.

You might see if rebuilding the icon cache may be able to help.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html

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Hi there,

I am currently having an issue with icons not displaying on Windows 10, I also cannot change the folder layout as it is grayed out as you will see in the snip it below.

For some reason Adobe PDF icons still display but all the others are just folder icons or the generic gray page icon.

Please help!

Answer:Cannot See any Icons or change View Type

Hello faceoffaith7, and welcome to Ten Forums.

You might see if rebuilding the icon cache may be able to help.

Icon Cache - Rebuild in Windows 10

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Hi,

I would like to use small icons in a folder view.
Unfortunately, this choice does not appear in the list of choices.

Is there some way i can use small icons in the view of a folder ?

John
 

Answer:How can i put small icons in my view of a folder ... ?

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Hello! Yes, I'm a newbie and a numpty. This place looks wonderful! I hope you can help me.

Here's what happened: I reinstalled Windows for my sister, who is visually impaired. I just installed Windows XP Pro. Just finished it, and then handed it over to her, to customize her settings. Since she has bad vision, she usually lowers the resolution down to 800x600 and has the font size and title bar sizes larger. Well as soon as I left her alone with her computer, she messed up the windows or icon settings so bad, so everything is HUGE. Everything is so huge, that (what should be) small menus now fill the whole screen. We can't get to the part of the preferences window to change the resolution to something higher, and we can't get to anywhere (that we know of) to change anything back to something resembling normal. Basically, we can't do anything anymore.

I know I can reinstall Windows XP all over again, but since I JUST DID THAT I'd like to avoid having to do it all over again. Is there some way to reset the preferences, without having to reinstall the whole operating system for something so seemingly idiotic? Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:All icons/windows too large, cannot reset or change preferences to smaller size

get into "safe mode" hold F8 key down soon as pc starts to reboot highlight top menu when the safe mode window opens tap enter once in safe mode boot up, you should be able to access the resolution settings and reset those..to the one you require..
 

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I'm running Vista Ultimate x64. Completely up to date.

I have a couple folders on my desktop with shortcut icons in them - Applications, Games, etc. These are the folders I notice this problem in the most, because I'm opening these folders the most.

You know if you right click in any folder and go to 'View' you can choose Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, etc. etc. Well, as I'm sure is the case with most PC users, I like to have different folders set to different view options.

Mine change randomly. I set a folder on my desktop to 'Medium Icons' and another folder on my desktop to 'Details' view, and not long after, all of the folders have changed to different View Settings altogether. I don't get it.

Here are my Control Panel -> Folder Options settings:

Also take note in the second pic, that 'Remember each folder's view settings' is checked.

I've only been using Vista since the start of this month, so if this is an obvious problem, it's completely due to my lack of advanced familiarity w/ this OS. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:Vista x64 - My 'view' settings for icons change on their own?

http://www.tweakguides.com/VA_4.html

Scroll down the page a little. I suggest setting 20000 on the last step.
 

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In win 7, (example: notepad) "save as", "open" popup box , the icons view is always defaulted to "tiles". How can I make the view to be permanently "details" view?

Thanks
 

Answer:How to change icons view in save as/open

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First, please forgive me if I have overlooked this issue in the many searches I have performed thus far.

I would like to know if anyone has a way to change all folder icons within a single folder to one specific icon without performing each one individually. I have over 1,400 folders within a master folder of which I would like to change the child folder icons. I really don't wish to perform this on a folder-by-folder basis.
This is not a Default Folder Icon Change inquiry. This is simply all child folders within a single master folder. I would also be interested if the change would affect all folders of a specific type. Windows 7 does allow the 'setup' of a folder to be distributed (details view with selected details, order, and column size for example) but the icon did not distribute as well.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Bulk Change All Folder Icons in Single Folder or Folder Type

First, a little bit of theory. What happens when a person sets a custom icon for a folder in Windows 7?
1. Attributes of a Folder change to Read-only (of the folder, NOT content!).
2. A hidden system file created inside that folder, which contains a link to the icon.

Thus, having such file as model, it is possible simply copy it across desired folders, and change attributes of those folders correspondingly.

Secondly, having this idea in my mind, I have put all of my little knowledge of Batch files together and created a script.
BEFORE script is started the following is needed to be done:
Master folder needs to be selected and a custom icon applied to it.

ONLY AFTER THAT
1. Script is placed inside that master folder and launched.
2. First, script checks if hidden system file with custom icon settings is there.
3. Secondly, script looks for subfolders and start changing its attributes.
4. Thirdly, script copies this settings file to all subfolders of current master folder, including all levels of subfolders.


For 100 folders it took about 21 seconds, for 200 folders with different levels of subfolders it took about 57 seconds on my laptop.

I have included remarks (comments) in the source code for better understanding what is going on.

UPDATE: Original file deleted. Script was not meant to be applied to system folders.
Please check a newer FIXED version at this post.

PLEASE READ NEW INSTRUCTION IN THA... Read more

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Below are the icons that Im looking to locate and replace.

I have skimmed through imageres.dll, explorerframe.dll , shell32.dll and 60 more .dll and .cpl files in both SySWoW64 and system32 directories, but have not managed to located these 14 icons.

Does anyone know which .dll / .exe / .cpl file these icons are located in?

Ive replaced almost all system icons but these 14 are starting to drive me bonkers.

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Hi,

i'd like to change my desktop icons to 32bits view without having to install the laptop drivers 100mb or more
video drivers. I prefer letting windows8 manage the display, without installing garbage video tools.. & adding
more garbage to my vm.

could you offer me a way to modify it in the registry ?

Answer:Change my desktop icons to 32 bits view in registry?

this can be achieved hitting ctrl button+mouse wheel on the desktop, "for those who have a mouse wheel....... ."
i'm on a laptop & don't have an external mouse at disposition. but that's the solution.

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Anybody can share how to increase the size of icons in the details view of folders? there are a couple of howto around but they don't work, any new solution you know?

Answer:Increase Icons Size in Folder Details View

You can change the icon size to pretty much any size you like using CtrlMouseWheelZoom.exe

It's an AutoHotKey script compiled as an executable and you can download it here:

How to assign browser-like zooming hotkeys for resizing icons on the Desktop and in the Explorer window in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 | Winaero

In addition to the video shown in the above link here's another video (below) showing the script in action on my machine.

Folder is set to "General Items" and "Details View"

Icon size is remembered on a per folder basis (Folder Template Discovery is off). Not sure what happens if you've got Folder Template Discovery switched on.

Note: CtrlMouseWheelZoom.exe will run until you kill the process via task manager or other method.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJw-...ature=youtu.be

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I recently installed Windows 7, and I wanted to see about changing the folder view--not the folder tree, but the way the actual folders appear, specifically for folders containing photos. I have a lot of photos in different folders, and my old computer displayed each folder as a flat, square folder with 4 little preview images of what is in the folder. The new version of Windows displays the folder vertically with the folder open and the documents/photos inside spilling out, I have the view set to "extra large icons" but it is still difficult to tell what is in each folder, I really want to go back to the old way. I looked in the folder options in the control panel but don't see anything for a classic view. Can someone help me with this?

Answer:How to view classic folder display/icons in Windows 7?

I hope no one can . In windows vista or windows 7 there is no longer the thumbnail preview , but the live folders ... half open with the contents shown .

Probably there is no way to get the option back .

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Hello, I recently got a new computer running Windows 7, and I wanted to see about changing the folder view--not the folder tree, but the way the actual folders appear, specifically for folders containing photos. I do digital graphics and designs. I have a lot of photos in different folders, and my old computer displayed each folder as a flat, square folder with 4 little preview images of what is in the folder. The new version of Windows displays the folder vertically with the folder open and the documents/photos inside spilling out, it is difficult to tell what is in each folder, I really want to go back to the old way. I looked in the folder options in the control panel but don't see anything for a classic view. Please tell me there is a way to view the folders in Windows 7 like in the old XP....Thanks!!
 

Answer:How to view classic folder display/icons in Windows 7?

No, sorry there is not.

.
 

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I'm suddenly only able to see icons and not thumbnails in my Documents>Pictures folder. Any ideas how to change it back to viewing thumbnails??  Thanks!  TinaMN.
 

Answer:How to view thumbnails & Not icons in Documents>Picture folder??

 
Hi TinaMN,
 
Thanks for posting here!
 
Let's navigate to My Documents ? Pictures folder. Right click on the window and choose View ? Large Icons. Let's see if thumbnails are available now.
 
Best regards,

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How can i change the icons when seing control panel in Category View !!

These icons !!

Please help !! Thanks !!

Answer:How to change icons when seing control panel in Category View?

Like this

They are in a Icon folder in the imagere.dll in C:\Windows\System32 & if you are using 64 bit it's in both C:\Windows\System32 & C:\Windows\SysWOW64
1st do this System Restore Point - Create
Make copy's of imagere.dll and put on the desktop and edit the .ico images with something like Gimp each .ico has layers to it edit each layer then you need to Take Ownership Shortcut then Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups and rename the imagere.dll in C:\Windows\System32 & if you are using 64 bit it's in both C:\Windows\System32 & C:\Windows\SysWOW64 to imagere.bak.dll and put the imagere.dll you edited in there and restart your PC

Jerry

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The icons in my windows Control Panel keep changing back to list view after I have changed them to icon view. I have list view applied to all folders accept My Computer which is in icon view and it stays that way, but for some reason Control Panel wants to stay in list view which I find very annoying!
Any ideas anyone please
 

Answer:Control Panel icons automatically change to List view

have you already checked the help files, and MS's online knowledge base?

i'll look and see if it does that on mine and get back to you.
 

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Dear Experts,I have an issue with my home PC, after system boot, I'm unable to see any desktop icons. It just shows wall paper, no right click option, no task bar and when I press Ctrl+Alt+Del system shows error message "Task manager disabled by administrator".I tried to run the system in safe mode, there exist a Desktop folder on my desktop which can't be deleted and also Task manager disabled. I can't able to check contents of other hard drives like D, E etc.. I ran Chkdsk utility, however issue still persist. I manually deleted Disable task manager in Regedit but when I restart the PC in safe mode still I couldn't able to access Task manager.I formatted my C drive and installed XP again however issue still persist.Please assist me in fixing up the issue..Thanks & RegardsSuri..

Answer:Unable to view desktop icons & Task mgr disab

Taskbar and Icons missing:Try this:http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/...(Original Message, and Response Number 1 looks like a fix?)Also try this:http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/...andhttp://www.computing.net/windowsxp/...(That one is a special Posting someone made of how he fixed it.)Another fix is un-quarintene explorer in Spydoctor.

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How can you remove/delete program icons etc. for one user, not for other.

I have my system set up with TWO users; Administrator and one other 'limited' user [so the kids can be on PC etc.]. When I install programs, icons are on both desktops. If I for instance delete an icon in one user, it also disapears in the other.

I have checked everywhere; For eg. in c:/users/.../desktop folder there are only some files/icons there, but on the desktop its self there are many more, and if I delete an icon, it also dissapears from my admin desktop.

Answer:ICONS View/Hide program icons for users

I believe you need to move the icons out of C:\Users\Public\Desktop to your account Desktop. That should prevent them from being visible to the limited account.

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All Word documents in a particular folder are not visible when I either search for them or browse the folder in question.

The folder in question is set to view all files and folders any Word documents have the same settings that allow them to be visible in other folders.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

I am running Office 2003 Pro on Win XPsp2

Thanks,
Ben
 

Answer:Solved: Word document icons not appearing in folder view.

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How do you custom the icon from regedit for folder that contains data.
I have tried to modify the value for icon 162 with another icon inside the "Shell Icons" folder but does not work. It seams that the only icon that is allowed to be customized in this folder is #3 ( empty folder - no data). Where do i need to modify?

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Hi

Can you change icons on Program and Windows-folder in C:\ ?

example:

Answer:Change Icons, On Program folder and Windows folder

Right click on the Program folder.... then properties ... then select the Customize tab.... and under Folder Icons ....select "Change Icons"... then click on Browse and choose you .ico file

Folder Icon Change - Vista Forums

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Hi, as much as I didn't want switched from Windows XP to Windows 7. One of the things that I hate to this is the view of folders in Windows 7. I have all the icons from Windows XP, extracted and saved in one folder, I tried to change the icon of all folders in Windows 7 in this way: knock with right click on the folder, choose Properties, then go to personalize, choose Change icon, and from the folder where they are stored and retrieved my icons, choose the icon you want, then choose the option apply to all folders and, however the icon changes only the folder on which this procedure is carried out. Can anyone explain how and in what way to do so for all the folders in my entire system to change their icons all at once, and look at which the icon is set. I know that for this purpose, you need to modify and alter the registry of Windows 7 could you clarify exactly what and how to do it?

ThankYou.

Answer:Help me for change folder icons

  
Quote: Originally Posted by spunki


Hi, as much as I didn't want switched from Windows XP to Windows 7. One of the things that I hate to this is the view of folders in Windows 7. I have all the icons from Windows XP, extracted and saved in one folder, I tried to change the icon of all folders in Windows 7 in this way: knock with right click on the folder, choose Properties, then go to personalize, choose Change icon, and from the folder where they are stored and retrieved my icons, choose the icon you want, then choose the option apply to all folders and, however the icon changes only the folder on which this procedure is carried out. Can anyone explain how and in what way to do so for all the folders in my entire system to change their icons all at once, and look at which the icon is set. I know that for this purpose, you need to modify and alter the registry of Windows 7 could you clarify exactly what and how to do it?

ThankYou.


To change all the system icons you will need a program similar to Stardock's Icon Packager
BTW "Welcome to the Seven Forums." . . .

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hello
my problem is i can't change folder icons
on my friends laptop who has windows 7 it woks well but on my 8.1 it doesn't work

Answer:can't change folder icons

What do you want to change them to ?

Do you have software installed to change them ?

Do you have a theme package installed ?

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i would like to change the icon for all folders in my vista installation pleaseeee help

Answer:Change folder icons?

Try this: Change Folder Colors and Themes with Folderico :: Mysticgeek’s Realm

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As stated above.....And when I change them how can I set the icon to be default for all folders and new ones created, or is there a way I can just edit a reg key and make them all the same icon?
 

Answer:How do I change folder icons in XP pro?

In 5 hours, you could have googled the answer! In explorer, go to View > Customize This Folder. You can choose the icons for the folder.
 

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I would like to know, how to change the folder icons shown in Computer (squared with red on the picture)?
I have already changed library some others as well from Yamicsoft Windows 8 Manager, but couldn't figure out how to deal with those.

Answer:How to change folder icons

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe those are hardcoded exceptions in Windows Explorer. So short of some EULA violating disassembling and tinkering, you're probably SOL.

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You will probably say "Go into Folder Options, go to file types" etc. Well I need a way besides that. Both "File Folder" & "Folder" already have the icon I want set, however my actual folders still have the default Windows folder icon set.

So my question is, how do I change that? I looked in the registry and the right icon is set as the default Icon, yet still....

P.S I don't want to change the icon for just ONE folder, I want it to be system wide, and take effect on all new folders also.
 

Answer:How do I change folder icons?

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Hello,
I have been running into a interesting issue with my two computers; one has Home Premium 64, and the other is 32.

When I right click on a folder, and click "properties", then go to the "customize" tab to change the folder icon, nothing happens. I have tried using the standard built-in System32.dll icons, as well as custom .ico files that I've downloaded. But it is a hit or miss. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

I thought maybe it was not refreshing immediately. But even when I restart the computer, the old icon is still there.

Any ideas?

Answer:Cannot change folder icons - HELP

If I well understand this you've to turn off thumbnails to change your icons. Use Icon Packager to change your icons. Great software.

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how do i change them from that ugly yellow to a darkish blue. like mr grims. ive seens his before. where do i get these and how do i install them?

Answer:how to change folder icons

The way I did it was by changing the default icons in the imageres and shell32 dll's using Restorator.

If you take ownership of those 2 dll's in system32 you can then replace them with the modified ones, if you upgrade to build 7260 x86 I can give you the dll's to replace the originals, also you will find the the download links for the blue icons in the custom theme thread.

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I've done a couple of searches for terms I thought might be relevant to my question but didn't turn up anything that looked helpful. I need Folder List view but badly want to use seven-forums' awesome auto-arrange solution, which won't work with the gutted win7 list view. I've been giving Small Icons a try as the closest thing to list view, but there's one problem with Small Icons that I find to be a deal-breaker: when Small icons has a big enough window to display columns, it doesn't list the items in order all the way down a full column and begin again at the top of the next column, like List view. Instead, Small icons sorts items _across_, in rows, and begins again at the next row.

Unfortunately, although I've given it a good try, I find that it's far more intuitive for my eye to move down a column when dealing with discontinuous units of information (such as file names) than it is to move across rows, so I absolutely must find a way to change this or it's back to List view and (ugh) auto-arrange.

I know the Windows GUI doesn't provide a way to do this, but is it possible with a registry hack? One of my web searches revealed ListView (GUI), which might enable me to use list view in such a way as to prevent auto-arranging, but my scripting ability is way too limited for me to jump into something like that without a couple of vacations' worth of spare time to do lots and lots of learning-curve work.

Thanks much for either good or bad news re the Small-icons issue--... Read more

Answer:Force Small Icons folder view to sort downward in columns?

Curious, what is it that List view doesn't give you?

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How do i change the Windows 10 personal folder icons, like music, pictures, videos, documents and downloads

Answer:How do i change the Windows 10 folder icons

Welcome to Ten Forums.

This tutorial may help. Several forum members posted additional comments.

Folder Icon - Change in Windows 10

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I have some files and folders on a DVD. I open the DVD on my Windows 7 Home Premium.

1. Please see the attachment named 'File Icon'. Side by side are 2 movie files. Codec of the movie on the left is 'H264-MPEG4 AVC (Part10) (AVC1)'. The icon shows an actual picture of what is in the film which is very helpful to identify the contents without playing the film. The file on the right with the VLC Player icon does not show the content. Codec of this film is 'Flash Video (FLV1)'. Is there any way that I can get this also to show an actual picture from the film instead just the VLC icon?

Regards,

Answer:How do I change files and folder icons

Seems to me the file association is the issue, depends upon the file type, i.e. .wmv is associated with Windows Media Player. VLC can play a number of formats. But again, it depends upon the file type/s of your videos. Changing the extension can change what program you'll need but also can kill the ability to view a file. I've had success in changing a few .mp4 files to .flv but VLC still plays it.

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How can I change the File & Folder View from Details to Icons without doing it every time I open a new file/Folder I?m using Widows XP

Answer:Change folder Details to Icons

Tools, Folder Options, View, Apply to all Folders.

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Have done a search and could not see a definite answer to this.

I would like to change a couple of individual folder icons in W7. However, I do not want it to effect and be the default icon for the whole system , just an individual icon for one folder alone. The others can just stay as they are now with the standard W7 icon.

Is there any way to do that without causing problems with the default icon used by all other folders.

Any advice appreciated :-)

Answer:Change individual folder icons

Open file properties; ( Right Click on the file ), click on "Customize", and then "Change Icon". Choose the icon you want to use.

Folder Icon Change - Vista Forums




Regards....Mike Connor

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Hello, I am hoping some of you bright minds will help me figure out a problem I am trying to solve. I am trying to manually edit my folder icons since iconpackager has failed to do so. I have edited the imageres.dll file using reshacker and have replaced the imageres.dlls in both the system32 folder and the systemwow64 folder. I rebooted then proceeded to clear my iconcache as well as deleting thumbs in disk clean up. After rebooting twice, not all of the folder icons appear with the changes I've made....
However, the libraries icon and favorites icon changed just fine.
I edited icons 3,4,5,6 and 162 with reshacker.

I've included an attached snippet from my documents, as you can see, the xwidget folder that is pink changed, but I do not understand why the others look like the default style...

Anyone have any ideas for a solution?
Thanks in advance!


EDIT

So I was able to make them change when I went to control panel > folder options and ticked always show icons, never thumbnails under the view tab... I'll keep this thread up if anyone else might run into the same issue...

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hi
need a bit of help with this, its on new/ old machine with win 7 sp1 home premium.
 
i can change the folder icons individually but i want to change all of them and make it so new onesa created will also be different
 
good would be a plain folder without the image of stuff spewing out of them ...very distracting
 
[more like on xp]
 
thanks

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Can you change all the folder icons at the same time? I have some folder icons I downloaded that I want all my folders to look like. They are 256x256 .ico files. I don't really care for the yellow ones. I know how to change each folder individually, but that would take a lot of time. Is there a quicker way? I would also like windows to use this icon every time I create a new folder. Im using windows 7 home premium 64 bit. Anyone know how to do this or if it can even be done?

Answer:Can I change all folder icons at once in Win7

When you right click the folder and customise there is a box that says "also apply this template to all sub folders"not the answer you were looking for but you can make a lot of folders sub folders and its better than one at a time.will have a look around and see if there is a better way in windows 7 and post back if i find one

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I really don't know how! I know how to change an icon for a specific folder, but I have a load of folder/cd drive/hard drive etc icons that I want to use in my system, and I really don't know how!

I've tried doing it through Folder Options > File Types, but that screws my system up so can't do it that way :S

Any help is really appreciated, this is really annoying.....

I'm using Windows XP SP2, by the way!
 

Answer:How do I change file/folder icons???

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I use different folder icons for different projects, often with shortcuts. (I use right click, 'properties', and 'change icon'). However, when I try to change the icon, I get different lists and sometimes the one I need is unavailable - all rather frustrating. There is indeed a browse button, but I am not sure how to use this (i.e. where I can find the right icons). Can you help?

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I've been trying to figure this out and having no luck. I have a folder with a bunch of mp3 files(bird calls). I've also downloaded all the images of the birds in my bird call folder. What I want to do is use those images instead of the mp3 icons in my bird call folder. Does that make sense? Is it possible?Thanks in advance.

Answer:Change mp3 icons in folder to jpg image

I think what you want to click on an image and have the picture appear and the sound play.

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Is it possible to change the icon on a system folder....such as "My Music" inside of "My Documents". The "My Document" folder is changable by going to Settings-Control Panel- Display-Desktop-Customize Desktop. I cant find any Customize tab inside of Properties for the "My Pictures" and "My Music" folders.

Answer:how to change system folder icons in XP

rudykazu, suggest you create a shortcut to the desired file and put it on your desktop. You can then give it whatever icon you like and leave the folder file 'as is'.HTH.Ed in Texas.

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Hi all. I can't get Win 7 HP to change the icon for drives on my PC. I right click on a drive, click on properties/customize/Folder Picture/ choose file. I select a icon file and click on Apply. Nothing happens.

I have a collection of Old Time Radio shows that has 12 drives and over 1300 folders, some of which I would like to change the icons of. Using the tutorial I found on this site would take me a VERY LONG time.

Thanks for any input and help with this.

Answer:Unable to change drive icons in Win 7

Here's the easy way:

My Drive Icon

A Guy

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Running Windows XP service pack 3 updated.
Have just noticed that when accessing the Task Bar and Start Menu properties,hide inactive icon box checked, and clicking on the customize box, under the current items icons listed, I cannot change the behavior of the icon. All icons have been set to "hide when inactive".When I go to the drop down box and right click it gives me no option to change. I had other options I could go to. ex. "always show", "always hide". Running Avast anti virus, Superantispyware and Malwarebytes. All have indicated that sytem is clean. Any ideas on what to check for.

Answer:Unable to change the Behavior of icons

Why are you right clicking? Left clicking on the down arrow of the drop box should show the options your looking for.

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Hello and thanks for reading!

We have a multimedia production department, and I'm thinking on a system to mark the "ready for backup" folders. We create one folder for every project (and we can find all related documents, images, etc inside).

We can't change the folder name to mark it because there are some documents inside with absolute paths, this means that if you move or change the name of the folder, you have to relink too many things, and this is not an option.

OK I thought that it would be a good idea to mark the folder as "ready for backup" with a different icon, but it doesn't work on the network folders (only in local). I tried creating and customizing a desktop.ini file inside the folder but it doesn't work in our environment (SBS2008 server + NAS disks and W7/WXP clients).

I wonder if somebody have an idea to do it.

Thanks a lot,

Jud

Answer:How do I change shared network folder icons

Hi judaster and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you give more details on your specs please?

Also if your in a business they must have a I.T Dept?

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Dear everyone,
Can anyone kindly tell me of a free app that offers a context menu that you press it on a folder (you want to change its icon) and give you an online icon search box and search using it then it gives you free legal icons which you select and change icons. I mean I want a program that gives me an easier way of changing my personal computer icons rather than downloading .ico and go to customize tab in folder options which takes a lot of time if I want to customize a lot of folders!
Thanks in advance!

Regards,
addas

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Dear everyone,
Can anyone kindly tell me of a free app that offers a context menu that you press it on a folder (you want to change its icon) and give you an online icon search box and search using it then it gives you free legal icons which you select and change icons. I mean I want a program that gives me an easier way of changing my personal computer icons rather than downloading .ico and go to customize tab in folder options which takes a lot of time if I want to customize a lot of folders!
Thanks in advance!

Regards,
addas

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Oh boy! More Windows 7 frustrations. Please help.

I have folders containing audio files (mostly audio books) with completely irrelvant and stupid pictures on them which I cannot change!!! There is no customisation tab on the properties menu like Vista.

I now have an audio book based on picking up women with a strange looking woman on it and an audio book on Atheism by Betrand Russell with a big, fat gospel singer on the front because Windows Media Player thinks that it is an album by a singer which it isn't! Even the files have the same incorrect picture which I am helpless to change.

This is so damn dumb! Why can't I change the picture on the front? Am I stuck with it?

Any ideas?

Answer:Cannot Change Folder or file picture/icons!!!

I prefer all folders to be "general" rather than content related - a "pictures" directory is a hinderance to my style of work. Sounds like your situation is similar...here is how I set the directories and folders.

> I use the tried and true OLD explorer view where you see the tree display on the left.

> I use the tried and true OLD explorer view to include the Menu bar.

> Select the desired folder from the left nav pane such as Desktop>Libraries>Pictures.

> Right click on the folder and select Properties.

> Click the Optimize this library for: drop list and select General Items.

> Click Apply then click OK.

> From the Menu bar click View>Choose details... and select (or deselect) items as desired.
I hope that at least gets you started.

Regards,
GEWB

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So recently I downloaded a Windows Vista icon pack from DeviantART and I changed the default folder ico, so I was wondering how to you change the second folder icon for when a folder is full? When I put the icons in medium/large and then add a file to an empty one it changes them back to the default Windows 7 one. (I used Regedit to change them).

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Hi All,

Wondering if you can offer me some pointers here......

Brink put together an excellent tutorial on this process for Windows 7 (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...tom-icons.html) and with some adaption for the revisions to the Metadata Authoring Wizard contained in the Windows 10 Drivers Kit I have already customised my device icons and even provided some (limited) assistance to others grappling with the task (iPhone shown as Unspecified in Devices and Printers).

All that is, with a couple of pesky exceptions namely the main system icon which remains set at it's somewhat bland generic Windows 10 image and I am at a loss as to how to change it to a more representative custom image....

Secondly, the (ugly) generic icon representing the WiFi Gigabit Router (always shown under the custom name assigned to my network) is inaccessible ("greyed out") such that selecting properties (right click) and bring up the properties dialogue offers the usual "General", "Hardware" and "UPnP" tabs but the "Properties" button on the "Hardware" tab is "greyed out" and thus non of the required Hardware ID's can be accessed.

Returning to the "System" icon customisation I am able to access the Properties and from the Hardware Tab to select "ACPI x64-based PC" from a very comprehensive "System Devices" list and then to select the "Properties" button and from the resulting "... Read more

Answer:Change Device Icons with Custom Icons - Devices & Printers

....Just realised meant to include a shot of the Devices & Printers folder icons:

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Hi All,

Wondering if you can offer me some pointers here......

Brink put together an excellent tutorial on this process for Windows 7 (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...tom-icons.html) and with some adaption for the revisions to the Metadata Authoring Wizard contained in the Windows 10 Drivers Kit I have already customised my device icons and even provided some (limited) assistance to others grappling with the task (iPhone shown as Unspecified in Devices and Printers).

All that is, with a couple of pesky exceptions namely the main system icon which remains set at it's somewhat bland generic Windows 10 image and I am at a loss as to how to change it to a more representative custom image....

Secondly, the (ugly) generic icon representing the WiFi Gigabit Router (always shown under the custom name assigned to my network) is inaccessible ("greyed out") such that selecting properties (right click) and bring up the properties dialogue offers the usual "General", "Hardware" and "UPnP" tabs but the "Properties" button on the "Hardware" tab is "greyed out" and thus non of the required Hardware ID's can be accessed.

Returning to the "System" icon customisation I am able to access the Properties and from the Hardware Tab to select "ACPI x64-based PC" from a very comprehensive "System Devices" list and then to select the "Properties" button and from the resulting "... Read more

Answer:Change Device Icons with Custom Icons - Devices & Printers

....Just realised meant to include a shot of the Devices & Printers folder icons:

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Hello, when i first got my compute i installed a custom theme changing basically evrything about my computer and its apearence on the desktop. This includes the icons as well. When i tried to revert back to the original windows 7 icons it seems that this theme (which is third party I should mention has changed their icons to the default ones) has made the their icons the default. I was wondering if their is a way to get the original windows 7 icons back.
Thanks

Answer:Can't Change Back to Default Windows 7 Icons from another Themes Icons

Try this: Icon Cache - Rebuild

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hi there

i start to get really weird problem lately...

the Explorer toolbar of windows 7 sometimes show me different icons only in progrems that use admin rights, relate to windows, use..java? o_O

it show the icons of the last progrem i used, like if i will enter to Utorrent window, then i will see it icon on the next progrem i will try to launch like Windows defender.. (only in progrems that use admin rights, relate to windows, and use Java, games and etc not effect by that).

however when i restart my pc the problem is fixed.. till i open progrems like Jdownloader or progrem that use Java (i think... i not test it many times yet..), or wait really alot of time when the pc is on... there is a small chance that it come from some filters or codecs because i watch animes really alot and use CCCP codec pack...

this problem happend to me long time ago and was fixed by itself.. i also format since then so i thought it was gone for good...

anyone know how to fix it? O_o

*i attach two pics , and btw i have Hebrew language OS so don't panic when you see the desktop from right to left instead of left to right ^^

Answer:Weird problem, explorer toolbar icons sometimes change to other icons

Hello egozi44

You could try this see if that helps the mystery of changing icons - Icon Cache - Rebuild

Danny

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Iconman_R, follow-up to it's appearance on my task mgrRE: Iconman_R, follow-up to it's appearance on my task mgr. processes, now trying to uninstall Realteck progs., inc sound card reader, which may ruin sound for me, but this is what started it. Google shows lots of malware possibilities, in form of trojan):Hi. I was troubleshooting delay in Windows 7 shut down and saw ASUS files maybe causing slow shut down, so uninstalled ASUS web storage and multiframe (which I don't remember why I had it) and now all my desktop icons of shortcuts and text files have a CLOCK icon (4:00 to be exact)! I am afraid some kind of schedule to delete my files has begun on my own machine, at 4:00! I can't change any icons to a different icon, it's a blue clock saying 4:00. To Asus support: I was about to restore program and start synching files too. I was having problems deselecting default file locations and setting up my own locations. Just help me assure that my files will be ok and this desktop icon change doesn't mean anything and is not a system-wide icon change, afraid to look, but I will.

Answer:Iconman_R + ASUS unist.= change icons to clock icons!

You have now posted this on two different forums here, and it reads like a follow-up to some communication or other. The last bit on this one is addressed to Asus support. We are nothing whatever to do with them or any other company.Maybe you need to find whatever website you were communicating with. If you really did intended to ask for help on this forum then give us the background so that we properly understand it.EDIT:I see another helper has picked this up, so maybe that will help and/or I misunderstood this one.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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Hi AllSomething weird happened after the last Windows Automatic Update, any standard yellow Windows folder icon I had has changed from the small yellow icon that is standard, to the icon Windows uses when it does not recognize an extension, the black, blue and red Folder screen icon or whatever it is.Also, some other Icons also disappeared altogether, such as on the Start Bar, icons for functions such as 'Search', 'Run', 'Help and Support' and 'My Network Places' also went altogether, and were not replaced by another.I didn't think it would be a big deal, but it's amazing how much it slows you down when searching for folders, the yellow icon is imprinted into my brain. Not to mention using different computers for work etc, it's getting frustrating! I know I can right click "Properties" "Customize" and change icon, but the yellow folder icon isn't even an option when I do this, and in fact I only have 3 icons to choose from now - blue DOS screen, Note Pad, and the one is present now instead of the yellow folder icons.Running XP SP3. I have done some searching for this issue and it has been around, but no-one has ever found the solution on the forums I've read, anyway.Cheers,

Answer:Yellow Folder Icons all changed, other icons removed by Windows.

Try referring to this section: http://www.computerhope.com/overview.htm

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I have had this issue for several weeks now & there is very limited info about it on the net, and what I have found about it hasn't resolved the issue.

Basically my external hard drive & my flash drive appear as folder icons in My Computer & not drive icons.

I am guessing that the virus is on my laptop and then transfers itself to any external media I connect to it. Then if I put that same external media into a different PC/laptop, it transfers itself to that PC/laptop too...

Does any one have any ideas on this one?

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 15:55:31, on 08/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\ISS\Proventia Desktop\blackd.exe
c:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
c:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaantmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
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​Customising user folder icons has always been a bit tricky. All user folders apart from the desktop and contacts user folders can be changed via the customize tab in properties when the user folder is accessed from my computer (i.e. not from the desktop).

To customise the desktop and contacts user folders requires a registry change. For Windows 7 this is explained here User Folders - Change Default Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums, and the necessary .reg files are also provided. This method actually worked for me too in Windows 8. However, after the newest updates, the icons I had added this way have disappeared, and so has the customize tab which I had added via the .reg files available on the page mentioned above. Repeating the reg change would not make a difference. The newest updates must have changed something in the Windows 8 registry to that effect (through those updates all other user folders also lost the custom icon I had previously added, but I was able to easily restore them, as the customize tab of these user folders didn't disappear).

Hence my question: how to now change the folder icons for the desktop and contacts user folders in windows 8?

Since all my other user folders are customised in a particular style, leaving the default icon for the desktop and contacts folders looks a bit weird...

Answer:How to change the Desktop and Contacts user folder icons?

You could get the trial version of Microangelo on Display:

Home of Microangelo: The Grand Daddy of Icon Software

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Hi, i just received a refurbished toshiba nb305 new netbook from ebay and all the folder icons are green instead of yellow, no way to make them default yellow, please help ?

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