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    Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    Hi there I know where to go to change icons but vista will not allow me to use a custome image.

    I am right clicking the desktop > Personalize > then on the left hand side clicking Change Desktop Icons.

    But when I browse to my image it does not allow it. I also want to change the default image for folders as well.



    Any ideas how I can get around this?

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    Re: Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    Hello Matt,

    What type of image are you trying to use to replace the icon with? You will only be able to use 256x256 pixel .ico (icon) files for these. This will give you some more details about icons for Vista if needed.

    Vista Icons - Introducing Vista Icons - How to create Vista Icons


    To change the default Folder icons, this tutorial will show you how to. You will need to change the DefaultIcon for the Folder key in step 6.

    File Extension Type Icon - Change

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    Hello ibit-matt.

    In addition to Brink's suggestions have a look at this, at the link below.

    Folder Preview Picture Change

    Keep us informed!











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    Thanks

    I have created .ico file now but how do I globally change all the folder icons?

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    Re: Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    Matt,

    To change the default icon for all folders, this tutorial will show you how to. You will need to change the DefaultIcon for the Folder key in step 6.

    File Extension Type Icon - Change

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    Sorry Im being really stupid. Do I need to find the file extension that controls the folders and edit the key to point to the new icon?

    If so what is the file extension for a folder?

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    Re: Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    No problem Matt. There is not a file extension for folder, just a key entry for it in the registry. The key you will be looking for in step 7, for the left pane of the registry, is named Folder. That just happens to be the name of it.

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    Re: Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    I have edited the key but nothing changed after a reboot.

    I have pointed the key to a .png and .ico file and both did not work,

    See screen attached

    Change Desktop Icon for custom images-screen.jpg

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    Re: Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    I cannot quite make out what it says, but you need to use a .ico file that is a 256x256 pixel icon that is made for Vista. Is this for the DefaultIcon folder under Folders?

    Vista Icons - Introducing Vista Icons - How to create Vista Icons


    If all else fails, you can use the program IconPackager with a 30 day trial period to make the changes you need to the icons. Afterwards, you should be able to uninstall the program and keep the new icon changes.

    http://www.stardock.com/products/iconpackager/index.asp

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    Re: Change Desktop Icon for custom images

    Is this for the DefaultIcon folder under Folders? = Yes

    I will try again.


    Is this the tpe of path I should using

    C:\Program Files\RocketDock\Leopard PNGs\Leopard Icons (128x128)\Generic Folder.ico


    Thanks so far Brink ;-)

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