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Change Desktop Icon for custom images

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#1
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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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.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/178915-file-extension-type-icon-change.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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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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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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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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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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Yes on both, but it should be a 256x256 pixel icon made for Vista (includes all icon sizes in it) for it to display properly in all icon View sizes (small and large).
 

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