Reg file to easily change most Windows icons.


  1. Posts : 11
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    Reg file to easily change most Windows icons.


    I like to customize the look of my PC, because I look at it more than anything else. Back in the Win 7 era, I learned the Registry hacks required to change things like drive, folder, and file icons. (Part of the knowledge might be from this site.) However, I hate how long this takes when lots of pics need to be changed at once. So, I made this simple registry file.

    I think my included instructions say it best:
    "//Place all icons in 'C:\Users\Public\Pictures\system icons' folder.
    //A restart is required after changing the pictures.

    //This looks for the following files
    //Drives: c drive.ico, d drive.ico, e drive.ico, f drive.ico, v drive.ico
    //Files: bat.ico, cfg.ico, doc.ico, html.ico, iso.ico, jar.ico, json.ico, mp3.ico, odb.ico,
    // odf.ico, odg.ico, odp.ico, ods.ico, odt.ico, reg.ico, txt.ico, wav.ico, zip.ico
    //Folders: default folder.ico, open folder.ico".

    Basically, you don't have to do tons of registry hacks anymore. Just create a folder called "system icons" inside the "...Public\Pictures" folder. Then name each icon after the thing you want it to replace. It's that simple!

    Extra Notes:
    - Win 10 may display the public folder in question as "C:\Users\Public\Public Pictures", but I have confirmed that the real address is still "C:\Users\Public\Pictures". Confused? You're not the only one.
    - If you want the pictures to be stored somewhere else, then just do a Find and Replace All in my file. It shouldn't hurt anything.
    - You don't need to worry about not replacing all the pictures listed. If a certain file doesn't exist, then that icon just won't change.
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Jan 2020 at 17:23. Reason: removed broken link
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Curious as to what is in the .reg file turned out it has both a .reg extension followed by an .mp3 extension and tries to play as a music file which fails.
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  3. COMPUTIAC's Avatar
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       #3

    I got the same thing, would never trust so stopped there.

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       #4

    The only .Reg files that I use are from Brink.
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  5. Posts : 11
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    That is extreamly strange. I did NOT put a .mp3 extention on that! However, I removed the .mp3 extention at the end, and it looks like the file I made. I'm removing my link til I sort this out. In the meantime, I'm posting the contents of my original file. Just copy it into something like notepad and put a .reg at the end of the file name.

    EDIT: Looks like we're not allowed to edit our original posts here, so I have to past the contents here:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    //Place all icons in "C:\Users\Public\Pictures\system icons" folder.
    //A restart is required after changing the pictures.
    
    //This looks for the following files
    //Drives: c drive.ico, d drive.ico, e drive.ico, f drive.ico, v drive.ico
    //Files: bat.ico, cfg.ico, doc.ico, html.ico, iso.ico, jar.ico, json.ico, mp3.ico, odb.ico,
    //        odf.ico, odg.ico, odp.ico, ods.ico, odt.ico, reg.ico, txt.ico, wav.ico, zip.ico
    //Folders: default folder.ico, open folder.ico
    
    
    //FILE EXTENSIONS
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\batfile\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\bat.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cfg_auto_file\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\cfg.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CompressedFolder\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\zip.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\FirefoxHTML\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\html.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jarfile\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\jar.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\json_auto_file\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\json.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\opendocument.CalcDocument.1\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\ods.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\opendocument.DatabaseDocument.1\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\odb.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\opendocument.DrawDocument.1\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\odg.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\opendocument.ImpressDocument.1\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\odp.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\opendocument.MathDocument.1\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\odf.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\opendocument.WriterDocument.1\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\odt.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\OpenOffice.Doc\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\doc.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\regfile\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\reg.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\txtfile\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\txt.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Windows.IsoFile\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\iso.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WMP11.AssocFile.MP3\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\MP3.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WMP11.AssocFile.WAV\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\WAV.ico"
    
    
    //DRIVE ICONS
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\C]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\C\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\c drive.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\D]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\D\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\d drive.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\E]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\E\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\e drive.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\F]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\F\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\f drive.ico"
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\V]
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Explorer.exe\Drives\V\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\v drive.ico"
    
    
    //FOLDER ICONS: 3=default, 4=open
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons]
    "3"="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\default folder.ico"
    "4"="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\open folder.ico"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons]
    "3"="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\default folder.ico"
    "4"="C:\\Users\\Public\\Pictures\\system icons\\open folder.ico"
    Last edited by Brink; 31 Jan 2020 at 18:57. Reason: code box
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    WandererReece said:
    EDIT: Looks like we're not allowed to edit our original posts here, so I have to past the contents here:
    Yeah, we seem to be allowed only about 8 to 10 minutes to post then reread/proofread to correct errors or add stuff.
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    Berton said:
    Yeah, we seem to be allowed only about 8 to 10 minutes to post then reread/proofread to correct errors or add stuff.
    In the case of WandererReece, I believe new members are restricted for a short period of time. I'm not sure what that time period is. May be a combo of post count and time. It's done intentionally, I believe, to help control spammers.

    You, Berton, should not have any issues editing anything. You're old as the hills, like me!
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  8. Posts : 11
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    Thread Starter
       #8

    I did some googling about my .mp3 problem, and it looks like I'm not the only one. There are other reports of people having random stuff added to the end of their file names; .txt, .dc, and .JS are some of the reported additions. In all cases, removing the stuff at the end revealed the file was still intact.

    I guess Google Drive likes to rename things once in a while. Unfortunately, I can't find anything about what actually causes this to happen.
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  9. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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       #9

    WandererReece said:
    I like to customize the look of my PC, because I look at it more than anything else.
    Same here, it is shame, that MS no longer supports themes.

    Windows 10 Themes Should Include More than Just Wallpapers

    WandererReece said:
    I learned the Registry hacks required to change things like drive, folder, and file icons.
    Thanks, I just change a few shortcuts, they remain after a clean setup, as long as the path is unchanged.
    Your method is better, but folders did not change much, is there some requirement? I did this:
    Code:
    reg add "HKCR\CompressedFolder\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\WinZIP Folder.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\7-Zip.001\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\WinZIP Folder.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\7-Zip.7z\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\WinZIP Folder.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\7-Zip.cab\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\WinZIP Folder.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\7-Zip.rar\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\WinZIP Folder.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\7-Zip.wim\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\WinZIP Folder.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\7-Zip.zip\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\WinZIP Folder.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\batfile\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Join.me.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\Folder\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\fluttericon.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\regfile\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\VirtualBox.ico" /f
    reg add "HKCR\txtfile\DefaultIcon" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Notepad.ico" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\Folder - UserFluttershy.ico" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\fluttericon.ico" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\Folder - UserFluttershy.ico" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Software\Temp\Pics\MLP Icons\Folders\fluttericon.ico" /f
    
    taskkill /im explorer.exe /f & explorer.exe
    EDIT: Nvm, I just had to enable this to show all folders. “Always show icon, never thumbnails”

    Like with OEM logo in System, it has to be 120x120 and bmp. Registry folders did change though, lol.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Reg file to easily change most Windows icons.-capture_02012020_143713.jpg   Reg file to easily change most Windows icons.-capture_02012020_144008.jpg  
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  10. Posts : 11
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       #10

    I decided to set up a MediaFire account. So far, It's NOT adding random extensions to files as long as they are .zip. This means I can now upload the file again.

    Also, I made a small addition to the main file. I added support for a G Drive. This gives you 6 drives in total, including the V Drive.
    Working Download: http://www.mediafire.com/file/pyxezi58kblmern/Change_Windows_Icons.zip/file
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