Windows 10: Change Control Panel Icon

  1.    13 Mar 2016 #1

    Change Control Panel Icon


    Does anyone know how I can change the Control Panel icon? I have the Control Panel as a shortcut on my desktop. Can it be done with a reg key edit?

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 21,631
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16226
       13 Mar 2016 #2

    Hello mandan, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Since it's a shortcut, you can easily change its icon to what you like in its properties page.

    Shortcut - Change Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3.    14 Mar 2016 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello mandan, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Since it's a shortcut, you can easily change its icon to what you like in its properties page.

    Shortcut - Change Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Correction, it's not a shortcut. I placed the Control Panel icon on the desktop from the Desktop Icon Settings menu.
    The Control Panel is the only one that does not have the properties or change icon selection in the menu.
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  4. Posts : 15,385
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       14 Mar 2016 #4

    I recommend you create a shortcut and then you can modify it however you will, be it a new icon, or another name.
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    You can even modify the control panel shortcut in C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools(while there after changing it, right click and send to desktop)and the new icon will show up in Start Menu/ All Apps. You can then pin it to the start menu and it will show the new icon.

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  5. Posts : 21,631
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16226
       14 Mar 2016 #5

    I agree with Cliff. You could use either tutorial below to create a Control Panel shortcut to use instead, then change its icon to what you like.

    Control Panel All Tasks Shortcut - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Control Panel Icons View Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Control Panel Category View Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       14 Mar 2016 #6

    To create a shortcut on Win10, I just go to either an already existing shortcut in the system(App Data or Program Data/ Microsoft/ Windows StartMenu) or go to the .exe application file in system32(see screenshot below) and right click, choose send to desktop, which automatically creates a shortcut,.

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    Changing .exe icons can cause false positives when running sfc /scannow, and unless you know how to read(or what to take the time to do it) the CBS log, I find shortcuts the better choice.

    To change back to the original icon, click change icon again, then you just find the .exe in C:\Windows\system32
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