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How to Change Default Icon for This PC in Windows 10

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"My Computer" is now called "This PC" in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default icon used for This PC to any icon you want for your account in Windows 10.
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You may also want to allow or prevent themes to change desktop icons for your This PC icon.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Change Default Icon for This PC in Desktop Icon Settings
  • Option Two: To Restore Default Icon for This PC in Desktop Icon Settings
  • Option Three: To Change Default Icon for This PC in Registry Editor


EXAMPLE: This PC in File Explorer
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Change Default Icon for This PC in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Default Icon for This PC in Windows 10
To Change Default Icon for This PC in Desktop Icon Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.
Note   Note
If you like, you can open Run (Win+R), enter the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK to directly open Desktop Icon Settings at step 4 below instead.

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0

2. Click/tap on Themes on the left side, and click/tap on the Desktop icon settings link on the right side under Related Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3. You can now close Settings if you like.

4. Select the This PC icon, and click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on the Browse button, navigate to and select the .ico file or file (ex: "DDORes.dll") that contains the icon you want, click/tap on Open, select the icon you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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6. Click/tap on the OK to apply. (see screenshots below)

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Change Default Icon for This PC in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Default Icon for This PC in Windows 10
To Restore Default Icon for This PC in Desktop Icon Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.
Note   Note
If you like, you can open Run (Win+R), enter the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK to directly open Desktop Icon Settings at step 4 below instead.

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0

2. Click/tap on Themes on the left side, and click/tap on the Desktop icon settings link on the right side under Related Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3. You can now close Settings if you like.

4. Select the This PC icon, and click/tap on the Restore Default button. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on the OK to apply. (see screenshots below)

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Change Default Icon for This PC in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Default Icon for This PC in Windows 10
To Change Default Icon for This PC in Registry Editor

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 below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon

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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 you want to use, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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You can use the path below to restore the default This PC icon.

C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll,-109
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5. When finished, close Registry Editor.

6. Sign out and sign in to fully apply.


That's it,
Shawn