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  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    windows 8.1

    Default Icons


    Hi all,
    I have been customising my laptop. I was just wondering if there was any way to change the default icon on the system library folders (music, downloads etc) I would like to keep them and not get rid of them via reg etc. I have changed all the drive icons via registry (class>applications>explorer etc) I have tried everything. Changing custom library folder icons is easy via notebook, but these system folders are proving impossible. Thanks for any help received.
    (Windows 8.1)
    Gaz

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Gaz, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could use OPTION TWO (easiest) or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to change the icons of libraries to what you like.

    Library Icons - Change in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 12
    windows 8.1


    Thanks, Brink.
    Thanks for the info and help. Still can't seem to do anything with the folders, though.
    I have put on a screenshot of my screen to explain which I am trying to do. I think I'm missing something or am being a bit numb

    Thanks very much,

    Gaz

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    Last edited by Brink; 17 Jan 2015 at 09:36. Reason: attached uploaded image
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ah, I see now. Those are shortcut links of your user folders instead of libraries.

    What I posted above will only work when for what you see when you have Libraries selected in the navigation pane.

    To change the icons of user folders, you could use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below instead.

    User Folders - Change Default Icon - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5. #5


    Posts : 12
    windows 8.1


    Thanks again. It worked in the users location but didn't show in "this PC" and I now admit defeat and give up!
    Thanks for your input, Brink.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    If you like, you could manually change the (Default) "Data" value of the DefaultIcon subkey at each registry key location below to change the icon.

    You would first need to change the owner of the DefaultIcon registry subkey for each key below to be the Administrators group, and set permissions to "Allow" Administrators "Full control".

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

    Permissions - Allow or Deny Access to Users and Groups in Windows 8

    You would need to use the full path of the .ico file you want for the "Data" value.


    Each key below is for one of the user "Folders" in This PC.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}


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  7. #7


    Posts : 12
    windows 8.1


    Hi again Brink,
    Tried that. There is no default icon subkey, so I created one, set the full path etc...nothing. .
    I am now convinced that it can't be done! Thanks for trying anyway.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Odd, there should have been by default.

    If you like, post a screenshot showing these keys expanded open in your registry like above to see what the issue could be.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 12
    windows 8.1


    Hi Brink,
    The screenshot you wanted to see. You will note that strangely there is nothing to expand in the subkeys.

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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's not the same path that I posted above.
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