Windows 10: Resetting user folder folder icons

  1.    04 Jun 2018 #1

    Resetting user folder folder icons


    My desktop folder in my user folder has changed itself to a plain ugly one. How can I set this back to how it should be?Click image for larger version. 

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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,312
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       04 Jun 2018 #2

    Hello,

    Did you move your Desktop folder?

    If you like, you can use step 4 in Option Two below to restore the default location of your Desktop folder, and hopefully also restore its icon.

    Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3.    04 Jun 2018 #3

    As a guess, you've lost or changed desktop.ini, a hidden file in the folder.

    Enable viewing it by disabling Hide protected operating system files

    This is what mine contains: - note the IconResource line.

    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
    IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
    [LocalizedFileNames]
    Snipping Tool.lnk=@%SystemRoot%\system32\SnippingTool.exe,-15051
    Internet Explorer.lnk=@%windir%\System32\ie4uinit.exe,-731
    Notepad.lnk=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-22051

    Remember to hide protected operating system files again
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  4.    04 Jun 2018 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello,

    Did you move your Desktop folder?

    If you like, you can use step 4 in Option Two below to restore the default location of your Desktop folder, and hopefully also restore its icon.

    Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    Nope. Not moved it.
    dalchina said: View Post
    As a guess, you've lost or changed desktop.ini, a hidden file in the folder.

    Enable viewing it by disabling Hide protected operating system files

    This is what mine contains: - note the IconResource line.

    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
    IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
    [LocalizedFileNames]
    Snipping Tool.lnk=@%SystemRoot%\system32\SnippingTool.exe,-15051
    Internet Explorer.lnk=@%windir%\System32\ie4uinit.exe,-731
    Notepad.lnk=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-22051

    Remember to hide protected operating system files again
    Mine has the same as that but I don't have the LocalizedFileNames bit.

    What I find odd is it looks fine in these other two places.Click image for larger version. 

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    But that reg file worked. Thanks!
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  5.    04 Jun 2018 #5

    Have you tried refreshing your icon cache?

    My desktop.ini there looks like

    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
    IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,312
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       04 Jun 2018 #6

    Since the location of your Desktop folder hasn't been changed, you could try downloading and merging the .reg file below to restore the default registry entries for this folder including the icon.

    Default_Desktop.reg
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