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    Control Panel Desktop Icon
    How to Change the Desktop Control Panel Icon in Vista
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    05 Dec 2007
    Control Panel Desktop Icon

    How to Change the Desktop Control Panel Icon in Vista

    information   Information
    This will show you how to change the Control Panel icon on the Desktop and in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane Folder section to any icon you want for all user accounts.
    Tip   Tip
    For how to have the Control Panel icon on the Desktop, see: How to Restore and Change a Desktop Icon in Vista
    warning   Warning
    The icons you decide to use must be a 256x256 bit .ico (icon) file, not .png, to be used in Vista without viewing problems. A png file must be converted to a 256x256 ico file before it can be used. To convert a PNG to ICO you must use a program such as this free 30 day trial program called Axialis IconWorkshop: Axialis IconWorkshop Download Page. Here's a good location for some icons: deviantArt: Dock Icons

    EXAMPLE: Before and After Control Panel Icon Change
    Control Panel Desktop Icon-before.jpgControl Panel Desktop Icon-after.jpg


    Here's How:
    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

    3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

    4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5)
    NOTE: CLSID is there. You just need to scroll past all the file extensions first.

    Code:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon
    5. In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify.
    Control Panel Desktop Icon-default_reg.jpg
    6. To Restore the Default Control Panel Icon -
    A) Type %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-27 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)

    B) Go to step 8.
    7. To Change the Control Panel Icon -
    A) Type in the full path of where the icon is saved at and click on OK.
    (EX: C:\Users\Everyday\Downloads\Tools.ico)
    NOTE: The icon will need to remain in it's location for as long as you are using it. You can use any icon (.ico file) you want, or one that came with Vista. (EX: A .dll file path) See the How to Use a DLL OR EXE Icon Library File tip section below.
    8. Close Regedit.
    NOTE: The change will be immediate. You may need to press F5 to refresh the window to see the new icon though.
    Control Panel Desktop Icon-modify.jpg
    Tip   Tip
    How to Use a DLL OR EXE Icon Library File
    NOTE: Example: For a .dll library full path, you would type in something similar to this: C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll,24

    1. imageres.dll is just one the many icon library files that come with Vista. This one contains most of the different icons used by
    Vista.
    2. The ,24 is the icon's index number location inside the imageres.dll icon library.
    NOTE: See the highlighted icon in the screenshot below.

    3. You can determine this by counting the icons in the library. The top left icon is 0, and it counts vertically down until you run out
    if icons. It then starts in the next column/row and repeats vertically down.
    NOTE: See the added red numbers in the screenshot below to help understand this.

    4. When you count to the highlighted icon, you get 24. Thus, the imageres.dll,24
    NOTE: (Icon Library File),(Icon Index Number)
    To see how to open a box like this to just see what the icon index number is, See: How to Change a Shortcut Folder or File Icon in Vista and How to Change a Folder Icon in Vista

    Control Panel Desktop Icon-example_dll.jpg



    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    I've spent some time checking every "DefaultIcon" in the registry last night, but how did I miss it? U've done a great & better job than me, Shawn, Thanks again!

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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    Your welcome niGht kiD,

    LOL, do not feel bad. I missed it the first few times through it myself until my eyes stopped crossing. haha

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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    Hi Shawn,
    Just a quick note to say thanks. Finally got rid of CP icon and replaced it with one I created. The task seemed so daunting at first and I almost gave up in frustration, but I stuck with it, and after going over the tutorial more than once I eventually saw where I was slipping up. Thanks again! Well-written tutorial.

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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    Your welcome Rajah. I'm happy to hear that you got it the way you wanted.

    I want to make this tutorial easy for everyone to follow. If you have any suggestions or ideas to add from your experience to add to the tutorial to help prevent others from slipping up like you and make it easier, then please let me know.

    Thank you,
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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    hi..
    why my CP icon back to the original one?

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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    Hello Claustrawberry, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    It could have happened from some Windows Update, using a sfc /scannow command, or some other changed setting that reset it.

    Double check the settings in the registry to see if they have been changed or not. You should be able to change it back if it was.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    thanks.. i've got my icon back

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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    Your welcome Claustrawberry.

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    Re: Control Panel Desktop Icon

    I've followed your directions, but my control panel won't change. I've tried different icon files as well as just switching the default dll to see if it would change. Any help would be apprecieated.

    also, could you please post a link for the control panel icon you used. I like it.

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