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How to Change Icons of Folders in This PC in Windows 10


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The This PC window in File Explorer includes a Folders group that displays a linked Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos folder from the current user account's "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder location.

This tutorial will show you how to change the icon of the default Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos Folders in This PC for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to change the icons of Folders in This PC.


EXAMPLE: Folders in This PC
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Here's How:

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

2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

3. Do step 4 (Desktop), step 5 (Documents), step 6 (Downloads), step 7 (Music), step 8 (Pictures), and/or step 9 (Videos) below for the folder icon you want to change.


 4. To Change Icon of Desktop Folder

A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 10 below.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\DefaultIcon

Name:  Desktop_folder.jpg
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Size:  42.4 KB


 5. To Change Icon of Documents Folder

A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 10 below.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af}\DefaultIcon

Name:  Documents_folder.jpg
Views: 2704
Size:  41.6 KB


 6. To Change Icon of Downloads Folder

A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 10 below.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f}\DefaultIcon

Name:  Downloads_folder.jpg
Views: 2686
Size:  41.6 KB


 7. To Change Icon of Music Folder

A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 10 below.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de}\DefaultIcon

Name:  Music_folder.jpg
Views: 2685
Size:  42.0 KB


 8. To Change Icon of Pictures Folder

A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 10 below.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8}\DefaultIcon

Name:  Pictures_folder.jpg
Views: 2705
Size:  40.9 KB


 9. To Change Icon of Videos Folder

A) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor, and go to step 10 below.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}\DefaultIcon

Name:  Videos_folder.jpg
Views: 2683
Size:  41.5 KB


10. Change the owner (click on link) of the DefaultIcon key in the left pane of Registry Editor to be the Administrators group.

11. Set permissions (click on link) of the DefaultIcon key in the left pane of Registry Editor to Allow the Administrators group Full control.

12. In the right pane of the DefaultIcon key, double click/tap on the (Default) value to modify it.

13. Type the full path of the .ico file wrapped in quotes for the icon you want to use for this folder, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
The .ico file will need to be located in either folder below for it to be applied to all users.
  • C:\Users\Public
  • C:\Windows
  • C:\Windows\System32


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Folder Default Icon
Desktop %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
Documents %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-112
Downloads %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-184
Music %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-108
Pictures %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-113
Videos %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-189


14. When finished, close Registry Editor.

15. Refresh (F5) the This PC window of File Explorer if opened to apply.


That's it,
Shawn