Changing Folder Icons In Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 3,171
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)

    I hope everything goes OK and you will remove that "unfortunately" comment from your specs...
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  2. Posts : 34,914
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Icon Changer
    Hi, has anyone tried this tool to change all but the icons in open and save as dialogues to 'Windows 7/8' icons?

    Get Windows 7/8 Icons In Windows 10 With This Tool
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  3. Posts : 3,171
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)

    Yes, tried it but doesn't work at all in Windows 10. Use Customizer God instead as I describe in earlier posts. Is the only one that worked.
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    spapakons said:
    Yes, tried it but doesn't work at all in Windows 10. Use Customizer God instead as I describe in earlier posts. Is the only one that worked.
    Hi spapakons, well, I tried Icon Changer anyway- and it changed a lot of icons. So I have my Win 7/8 recycle bin back, disk icons back, My PC/My Computer icon back.... supposedly some 77. Maybe you didn't run it as admin?
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)

    Well, doesn't matter, since you managed to change the icons. I find Customizer God rather easy, haven't tried icon changer.
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    win 7

    No matter which browser I use (antivirus disabled) it won't work without accepting the malware.

    spapakons said:
    Hello! Have a look at my post in this thread. To change the folder icons (and almost everything else) you must modify the file imageres.dll found in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32. You can replace the default icons with those from Windows 7 or 8 or any custom ones in ICO, JPG, GIF, BMP or PNG format. imageres.dll contains over 100 icons, so to change them all is rather tedious, but it worths the trouble! Alternatively you can just change only the icons for the personal folders and keep the rest as they are. One utility that easily modifies icons from EXE and DLL files is Customizer God. Read my post in this thread for step-by-step guide of how to do it.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)

    It is a false Trojan alert because of the bundled software. Just ignore the warning and download it. Once you install it you can re-enable your antivirus. Avoid launching other executables, run only Customizer God and you should have no problem. Any extra software should be avoided if you run installation in custom mode (don't remember exactly now).
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    Windows 10 b.10074

    DTG1 said:
    The Library folder Icons are easier to change and the whole Library is easier to manage. ........ I keep a few thousand icons in one folders on a spare HDD so they are easy to find and sort through
    I think I might love you! I can't say my collection is as small (hehe) as yours but that's because for years I've had this obsessions with icons. Making my living as an artist probably has something to do with it! But what really caught my eye in your reply above was reference to your 'Spare HDD of Icons!' Love this! I too have a dedicated drive that I call UI_Resources on which resides my collection of icons, sounds, wallpaper, pointers, and a few other nifty aesthetic goodies. Not sure about yours, but mine came into existence years ago when I'd have folders scattered all over the place with this icon or that icon and then I'd move a folder or rename an icon and suddenly *poof* no more icon! This way they're always available on the same path (which is shared to my network of course) and every now and then I just replace the HDD with a larger one. Why I still have icons from 1998 I'll never know, but if you ever NEED one, I've probably got you covered! LOL

    I also agree on using the Libraries, which is funny because it's something that I fought tooth and nail back with Windows 7--but then once you understand how it works, it's awesome. For Library Icons, I use something called Librarian that I apparently got through winaero. It was written for 7, but (knock wood) seems to work on 10 as well!
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    How I got Icon Changer to work on x64 Win 10.
    (This changes 77 icons to Win 7 style, just by running the program and restarting- or should do!)This was easy in the 32 bit version, but try as I might, this would not work with the 64 bit version. It has to be run as admin, requires a restart, and might require the icon cache to be rebuilt.

    The trick was to run it in Win 8 compatibility mode. Unexpected, but at least that worked for me.
    That was what the compatibility troubleshooter suggested, anyway.
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  10. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home

    Here's the fix!

    This explanation DOES THE TRICK! I am able to change and maintain the changes of folder icons in Windows 10!

    The article is written for Windows 7, but the fix works for Windows 10!

    Customize Folder Icons When You Don't See a 'Customize' Tab | PCWorld

    Customize Folder Icons When You Don't See a 'Customize' Tab

    By Rick Broida, PCWorld

    Reader Lis is a Windows 7 user who likes to use custom icons for folders. This is done, of course, by right-clicking a folder, choosing Properties, clicking the Customize tab, and then clicking the Change Icon button.

    Just one problem: Lis says this no longer works. When opening the Properties window for a folder, there's no Customize tab. Where oh where did it go?

    Don't feel bad, Lis--you've fallen into a Windows 7 "trap" that could easily ensnare anybody. What's most likely happening is that you're looking at your folders in Windows 7's Libraries view, rather than in Windows Explorer. When you do that, sure enough, there's no Customize tab.

    Why? Because Libraries is kind of a folder aggregator. It doesn't actually contain your folders, but merely points to them. I realize that's confusing, but, well, that's the explanation. (Read more about the subject in Simplify File Organization with Windows 7 Libraries.)

    What you need to do is open Explorer, navigate to the folder in question, then change its icon by following the previously outlined steps. That should do the trick!
    Last edited by Glamour; 27 Feb 2016 at 21:59. Reason: typo!
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