How to Change Default Control Panel Icons in Windows 10


In addition to Settings, you can use the Control Panel to change settings for Windows 10. These settings control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, and you can use them to set up Windows so that it's just right for you.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default icon of items in the Control Panel to any icon for your account or all users in Windows 10.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Default Control Panel Icons for Current User
  • Option Two: Change Default Control Panel Icons for All Users



EXAMPLE: Default Control Panel icons
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OPTION ONE

Change Default Control Panel Icons for Current User


This option will override Option Two.

This option will only be applied to the current user, and no other user account on the PC.


1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

2 Navigate to the key in the table below for the icon you want to change in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

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If you do not have the GUID (ex: {9C60DE1E-E5FC-4of4-A487-460851A8D915}) key, right click on the CLSID key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type the GUID (ex: {9C60DE1E-E5FC-4of4-A487-460851A8D915}) for the name, and press Enter.

If you do not have a DefaultIcon key, right click on the GUID (ex: {9C60DE1E-E5FC-4of4-A487-460851A8D915}) key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type DefaultIcon for the name, and press Enter.


Control Panel Icon Registry Key Location
Administrative Tools HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}\DefaultIcon
AutoPlay HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}\DefaultIcon
Backup and Restore (Windows 7) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}\DefaultIcon
BitLocker Drive Encryption HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}\DefaultIcon
Color Management HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{B2C761C6-29BC-4f19-9251-E6195265BAF1}\DefaultIcon
Credential Manager HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}\DefaultIcon
Date and Time HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{E2E7934B-DCE5-43C4-9576-7FE4F75E7480}\DefaultIcon
Default Programs HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}\DefaultIcon
Device Manager HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{74246bfc-4c96-11d0-abef-0020af6b0b7a}\DefaultIcon
Devices and Printers HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}\DefaultIcon
Ease of Access Center HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}\DefaultIcon
File Explorer Options HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}\DefaultIcon
File History HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{F6B6E965-E9B2-444B-9286-10C9152EDBC5}\DefaultIcon
Fonts HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}\DefaultIcon
Indexing Options HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{87D66A43-7B11-4A28-9811-C86EE395ACF7}\DefaultIcon
Infared HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A0275511-0E86-4ECA-97C2-ECD8F1221D08}\DefaultIcon
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (if installed) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{E342F0FE-FF1C-4c41-BE37-A0271FC90396}\DefaultIcon
Internet Options HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{A3DD4F92-658A-410F-84FD-6FBBBEF2FFFE}\DefaultIcon
Keyboard HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{725BE8F7-668E-4C7B-8F90-46BDB0936430}\DefaultIcon
Mouse HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{6C8EEC18-8D75-41B2-A177-8831D59D2D50}\DefaultIcon
Network and Sharing Center HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}\DefaultIcon
NVIDIA Control Panel (if available) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{0bbca823-e77d-419e-9a44-5adec2c8eeb0}\DefaultIcon
Pen and Touch HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{F82DF8F7-8B9F-442E-A48C-818EA735FF9B}\DefaultIcon
Phone and Modem HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{40419485-C444-4567-851A-2DD7BFA1684D}\DefaultIcon
Power Options HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}\DefaultIcon
Programs and Features HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}\DefaultIcon
Recovery HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ClassesCLSID\{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}\DefaultIcon
Region HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}\DefaultIcon
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}\DefaultIcon
Security and Maintenance HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}\DefaultIcon
Sound HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}\DefaultIcon
Speech Recognition HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}\DefaultIcon
Storage Spaces HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{F942C606-0914-47AB-BE56-1321B8035096}\DefaultIcon
Sync Center HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}\DefaultIcon
System HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}\DefaultIcon
Tablet PC Settings HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}\DefaultIcon
Taskbar and Navigation HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}\DefaultIcon
Troubleshooting HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}\DefaultIcon
User Accounts HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}\DefaultIcon
Windows Defender Firewall HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}\DefaultIcon
Windows Mobility Center HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}\DefaultIcon
Windows To Go HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{8E0C279D-0BD1-43C3-9EBD-31C3DC5B8A77}\DefaultIcon
Work Folders HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{ECDB0924-4208-451E-8EE0-373C0956DE16}\DefaultIcon

3 In the right pane of the DefaultIcon key, double click/tap on the (Default) string value (REG_SZ) to modify it. (see screenshot above)

4 Type the full path of the .ico file wrapped in quotes you want to use for the icon, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

To restore the default icon, delete the DefaultIcon key.

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5 When finished changing Control Panel icons, you can now close Registry Editor if you like.

6 If the Control Panel is currently open, close and reopen it to apply.






OPTION TWO

Change Default Control Panel Icons for All Users


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

If any user uses Option One, it will override this option for their account.


1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

2 If you used Option One, delete the DefaultIcon key for the same icon like below. (see screenshots below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\<GUID>\DefaultIcon

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3 Navigate to the key in the table below for the icon you want to change in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

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Control Panel Icon Registry Key Location
Administrative Tools HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}\DefaultIcon
AutoPlay HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}\DefaultIcon
Backup and Restore (Windows 7) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}\DefaultIcon
BitLocker Drive Encryption HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}\DefaultIcon
Color Management HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B2C761C6-29BC-4f19-9251-E6195265BAF1}\DefaultIcon
Credential Manager HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}\DefaultIcon
Date and Time HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E2E7934B-DCE5-43C4-9576-7FE4F75E7480}\DefaultIcon
Default Programs HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}\DefaultIcon
Device Manager HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{74246bfc-4c96-11d0-abef-0020af6b0b7a}\DefaultIcon
Devices and Printers HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}\DefaultIcon
Ease of Access Center HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}\DefaultIcon
File Explorer Options HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}\DefaultIcon
File History HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F6B6E965-E9B2-444B-9286-10C9152EDBC5}\DefaultIcon
Fonts HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}\DefaultIcon
Indexing Options HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{87D66A43-7B11-4A28-9811-C86EE395ACF7}\DefaultIcon
Infared HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{A0275511-0E86-4ECA-97C2-ECD8F1221D08}\DefaultIcon
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (if installed) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E342F0FE-FF1C-4c41-BE37-A0271FC90396}\DefaultIcon
Internet Options HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{A3DD4F92-658A-410F-84FD-6FBBBEF2FFFE}\DefaultIcon
Keyboard HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{725BE8F7-668E-4C7B-8F90-46BDB0936430}\DefaultIcon
Mouse HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6C8EEC18-8D75-41B2-A177-8831D59D2D50}\DefaultIcon
Network and Sharing Center HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}\DefaultIcon
NVIDIA Control Panel (if available) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0bbca823-e77d-419e-9a44-5adec2c8eeb0}\DefaultIcon
Pen and Touch HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F82DF8F7-8B9F-442E-A48C-818EA735FF9B}\DefaultIcon
Phone and Modem HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{40419485-C444-4567-851A-2DD7BFA1684D}\DefaultIcon
Power Options HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}\DefaultIcon
Programs and Features HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}\DefaultIcon
Recovery HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}\DefaultIcon
Region HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}\DefaultIcon
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}\DefaultIcon
Security and Maintenance HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}\DefaultIcon
Sound HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}\DefaultIcon
Speech Recognition HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}\DefaultIcon
Storage Spaces HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F942C606-0914-47AB-BE56-1321B8035096}\DefaultIcon
Sync Center HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}\DefaultIcon
System HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}\DefaultIcon
Tablet PC Settings HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{80F3F1D5-FECA-45F3-BC32-752C152E456E}\DefaultIcon
Taskbar and Navigation HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}\DefaultIcon
Troubleshooting HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}\DefaultIcon
User Accounts HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}\DefaultIcon
Windows Defender Firewall HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}\DefaultIcon
Windows Mobility Center HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{5ea4f148-308c-46d7-98a9-49041b1dd468}\DefaultIcon
Windows To Go HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8E0C279D-0BD1-43C3-9EBD-31C3DC5B8A77}\DefaultIcon
Work Folders HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{ECDB0924-4208-451E-8EE0-373C0956DE16}\DefaultIcon

4 Change the owner of the DefaultIcon key to the Administrators group.

5 Change the permissions of the DefaultIcon key to "Allow" Administrators "Full control" of it.

6 In the right pane of the DefaultIcon key, double click/tap on the (Default) string value (REG_SZ) to modify it. (see screenshot above)

7 Type the full path of the .ico file wrapped in quotes you want to use for the icon, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

The .ico file will need to be saved at a location (ex: "C:\Windows" or "C:\Users\Public") that all users have access to. If it's not, the icon may show as a blank icon for some users instead.

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Control Panel Icon Default Icon
Administrative Tools %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-114
AutoPlay %SystemRoot%\System32\autoplay.dll,-1
Backup and Restore (Windows 7) %SystemRoot%\System32\sdcpl.dll,-1
BitLocker Drive Encryption %SystemRoot%\System32\fvecpl.dll,-1
Color Management C:\Windows\System32\colorcpl.exe,-5
Credential Manager %SystemRoot%\system32\Vault.dll,-1
Date and Time %SystemRoot%\System32\timedate.cpl,-50
Default Programs %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-24
Device Manager %SystemRoot%\system32\devmgr.dll,-201
Devices and Printers %systemroot%\system32\DeviceCenter.dll,-1
Ease of Access Center %SystemRoot%\System32\accessibilitycpl.dll,-1
File Explorer Options %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-166
File History %SystemRoot%\System32\FileHistory.exe
Fonts %SystemRoot%\System32\fontext.dll
Indexing Options %SystemRoot%\System32\srchadmin.dll,-201
Infared %SystemRoot%\System32\irprops.cpl,-129
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (if installed) C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorUI.exe,0
Internet Options C:\Windows\System32\inetcpl.cpl,-4487
Keyboard %SystemRoot%\System32\main.cpl,-200
Mouse %SystemRoot%\System32\main.cpl,-100
Network and Sharing Center %SystemRoot%\System32\netcenter.dll,-1
NVIDIA Control Panel (if available) C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Control Panel Client\nvcplui.exe,-128
Pen and Touch %SystemRoot%\System32\tabletpc.cpl,-10201
Phone and Modem %SystemRoot%\System32\telephon.cpl,-100
Power Options %SystemRoot%\System32\powercpl.dll,-1
Programs and Features %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-87
Recovery %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-1022
Region %SystemRoot%\System32\intl.cpl,-200
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections C:\Windows\System32\tsworkspace.dll
Security and Maintenance %SystemRoot%\System32\ActionCenterCPL.dll,-1
Sound %SystemRoot%\System32\mmsys.cpl,-100
Speech Recognition %SystemRoot%\System32\Speech\SpeechUX\speechuxcpl.dll,-1
Storage Spaces C:\Windows\System32\SpaceControl.dll,-1
Sync Center %SystemRoot%\System32\SyncCenter.dll,-1000
System %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-149
Tablet PC Settings %SystemRoot%\System32\tabletpc.cpl,-10200
Taskbar and Navigation %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-80
Troubleshooting %SystemRoot%\System32\DiagCpl.dll,-1
User Accounts %SystemRoot%\System32\usercpl.dll,-1
Windows Defender Firewall C:\Windows\System32\FirewallControlPanel.dll,-1
Windows Mobility Center %SystemRoot%\system32\mblctr.exe,0
Windows To Go %SystemRoot%\System32\pwcreator.exe,-2001
Work Folders C:\Windows\System32\WorkfoldersControl.dll, 1

8 When finished changing Control Panel icons, you can now close Registry Editor if you like.

9 If the Control Panel is currently open, close and reopen it to apply.


That's it,
Shawn