Windows 10: Change Drive Icon in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 31,269
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       09 Nov 2017 #10

    I haven't found a way to change the default icon for all removable drives yet. Only the method in this tutorial for individual drives.
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  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1709 build 16299.15
       09 Nov 2017 #11

    USB Disk appears under Removable data drives in BitLocker.
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  3. Posts : 371
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.228)
       27 May 2018 #12

    @Brink

    When I try to create the "New Text File",
    within C:\.
    I get this message and can't create the autorun.inf file.

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  4. Posts : 31,269
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       27 May 2018 #13

    Hello George,

    You should be able to create it on your desktop first, and then move it to where you want afterwards instead.
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  5. Posts : 371
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.228)
       27 May 2018 #14

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello George,

    You should be able to create it on your desktop first, and then move it to where you want afterwards instead.
    @Brink


    Thanks for your reply.
    Okay, I'll try it this way.
    Thanks
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  6. Posts : 371
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.228)
       27 May 2018 #15

    @Brink

    Creating the
    autorun.inf file for my C:/ Drive icon elsewhere,
    then moving it to the root location worked.
    Thanks.

    I had to create a registry entry,
    to be able to change my DVD/
    CD RW (F:) Drive icon.
    I don't know why I even have this drive,
    because I haven't used a disk in a very long time.
    I guess it's okay to have it, nonetheless.

    Click image for larger version. 

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  7. Posts : 31,269
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       27 May 2018 #16

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  8. Posts : 5,152
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       27 May 2018 #17

    If just wanting to remove the icon have you checked the Hide or Show Empty Drives feature? File Explorer, View tab, far right and Options, View tab then just below Hidden files and folders.

    I used to change drive icons in older versions of Windows but the method relied upon having autoexec.bat and config.sys in the boot process then creating the icon and necessary file. I just used the standard icon but different colors.

    And a file would probably have to exist on each drive which would require it being on all Optical Discs to be effective.
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  9. Posts : 371
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.228)
       27 May 2018 #18

    Berton said: View Post
    If just wanting to remove the icon have you checked the Hide or Show Empty Drives feature? File Explorer, View tab, far right and Options, View tab then just below Hidden files and folders.

    I used to change drive icons in older versions of Windows but the method relied upon having autoexec.bat and config.sys in the boot process then creating the icon and necessary file. I just used the standard icon but different colors.

    And a file would probably have to exist on each drive which would require it being on all Optical Discs to be effective.
    @Berton

    I was referring to,
    having an actual optical drive physically installed.
    Which looks something like this image below.
    When not physically installed into a PC.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    The appearance of the optical drive's icon,
    within Windows Explorer isn't an issue for me.

    Is this what you're talking about?
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  10. Posts : 5,152
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       27 May 2018 #19

    I was referring to,
    having an actual optical drive physically installed.
    Which looks something like this image below.
    When not physically installed into a PC.
    You could use an image of the drive, use a graphics editor to change the size then save or convert to an .ico Icon file.
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