Windows 10: This PC folder Icons changes.

  1.    18 Aug 2015 #1

    Changing This PC folder icons.

    Everyone is quick to remove the folders there, so instead of doing that this time, I decided to change the icons.

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    I had wrote a reg file to do the merging, but..., and not too surprisingly, those pesky windows Permissions got in the way. So, needless to say having to go to each key and take ownership and change inheritance can be a bit annoying. However, once those are done it is easier to change those icons anytime just by editing the .reg file and merge it.

    This is not easy, make sure you back up your registry before starting.

    First step is to take ownership for the DefaultIcon sub-key only, change to your Admin account. In the same window, find and click "disable inheritance" and click this option:
    Convert inherited permissions into explicit permissions on this object?
    If you accidentally click the other option (Remove all...), the permissions entries window will empty everything, make sure you hit CANCEL asap. If you hit OK you will have to manually re-enter all of them by copying that same permissions from other DefaultIcon sub-keys, a real PITA.

    After thats all done, you can change the icons as you see fit.

    Exporting a key will show that it uses (prefers to use?) Hexadecimal. Easy enough to deal with.

    First choose your icons and copy the path (ex. D:\Icons\Music Note 2.ico). Browse over to this Hex conversion website
    and paste the path and convert. You see this returned:
    44 3a 5c 49 63 6f 6e 73 5c 4d 75 73 69 63 20 4e 6f 74 65 20 32 2e 69 63 6f 0d 0a
    The registry uses a different format so you have to add all the comma's(,) and 00's. When you examine the export key you notice there are 3 sets of 00's (its an ending sequence) those have to be there too.

    The example is for the Music Folder.

      !(Music) D:\Icons\Music Note 2.ico
    @=hex(2) :44,00,3a,00,5c,00,49,00,63,00,6f,00,6e,00,73,00,5c,00,\
    4d 75 73 69 63 20 4e 6f 74 65 20 32 2e 69 63 6f 0d 0a 0d 0a 0d 0a 0d 0a

    I dont know if the registry will accept a text over hexadecimal here, I didnt try. This works for me, it maybe different for someone else.

    If anyone wants to convert this and add it to the Tuturial Forum, send me a link if you do.:)

    (BTW renaming those icons was fun too )
    Last edited by DTG1; 19 Aug 2015 at 02:21.
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