1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 28
    Windows 10
       06 Aug 2015 #1

    Replace OneDrive icon in explorer with Google Drive


    Anyway to do this? I don't use Onedrive at all, i do use Google Drive, i just want to replace that shortcut to lead to google drive instead of onedrive? maybe editing through regedit? Thanks everyone.

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  2. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Home 64bit
       02 Sep 2015 #2

    I was also looking for this and my starting point was the known solution to hide the OneDrive Icon in the Explorer. So there had to be some more Options in the registry.
    In the key
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}\Instance\InitPropertyBag
    I found the entry "TargetKnownFolder" with value "{a52bba46-e9e1-435f-b3d9-28daa648c0f6}"

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    This could to be a reference to the actual Folder. So i was searching for this reference in the whole registry and found three entries.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
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    The first is the only full path i found and i replaced it with my current Google Drive Folder path (D:\Google Drive)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A52BBA46-E9E1-435f-B3D9-28DAA648C0F6}
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    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions \{A52BBA46-E9E1-435f-B3D9-28DAA648C0F6}
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    The other two entries are similar and i replaced every value which had formerly the string "OneDrive" with "Google Drive" (I don't know if this is necessary)

    After a restart, my Explorer Looks like this:

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    It is not yet perfect but it is what i wanted. And i guess it is what you was looking for.

    More things to find out is how to replace the Icon and the displayed name.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 28
    Windows 10
       10 Sep 2015 #3

    bradtke said: View Post
    I was also looking for this and my starting point was the known solution to hide the OneDrive Icon in the Explorer. So there had to be some more Options in the registry.
    In the key

    I found the entry "TargetKnownFolder" with value "{a52bba46-e9e1-435f-b3d9-28daa648c0f6}"

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	screen1.PNG 
Views:	5 
Size:	12.4 KB 
ID:	35361

    This could to be a reference to the actual Folder. So i was searching for this reference in the whole registry and found three entries.


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	screen2.PNG 
Views:	6 
Size:	7.3 KB 
ID:	35363

    The first is the only full path i found and i replaced it with my current Google Drive Folder path (D:\Google Drive)


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	screen3.PNG 
Views:	6 
Size:	39.6 KB 
ID:	35364

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	screen4.PNG 
Views:	6 
Size:	38.2 KB 
ID:	35365

    The other two entries are similar and i replaced every value which had formerly the string "OneDrive" with "Google Drive" (I don't know if this is necessary)

    After a restart, my Explorer Looks like this:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	screen5.png 
Views:	55 
Size:	8.0 KB 
ID:	35366

    It is not yet perfect but it is what i wanted. And i guess it is what you was looking for.

    More things to find out is how to replace the Icon and the displayed name.
    At least it's something, thanks for the post.
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  4. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       21 Sep 2015 #4

    Hi there,

    I was just following your instructions when I found the following:

    The first registry entry you posted
    "
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}"
    contains a key (hope it's called key) called (default), the value is "One Drive". I renamed it to "Google Drive" et voila, my explorer now shows Google Drive as name of the folder instead of OneDrive.

    Edit: And in the same folder there is a folder called "DefaultIcon", maybe this is the path to the icon. I will try this one.

    Second edit: yeah, got it. I tried to change the "DefaultIcon" value to the path of a png file, which didn't work. But this did: "path-to-where-google-drive-is-installed
    \googledrivesync.exe,0"
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  5. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       04 Nov 2015 #5

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  6. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       04 Nov 2015 #6

    the registry changes only last for about a minute when the system starts. Then the path in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders changes back, automatically, to '%USERPROFILE%\onedrive'

    Anyway around this?
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