Control Panel Desktop Icon

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How to Change the Desktop Control Panel Icon in Vista
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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.
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
Before.jpg 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.​
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.​
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

Example_Dll.jpg



That's it,
Shawn



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Shawn Brink

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Hello Angelllina, and welcome to Vista Foruma.

The REG file download below will restore all of the default settings for the {[FONT=&quot]5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0} [/FONT]key. After downloading it, double click on it, click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted to merge it.

Be sure to use the location in the tutorial next time instead. ;)

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Hi Shawn

thank you so so much for your prompt answer. I downloaded and everything is fine!

Please let me ask another thing as I couldnt find in the whole WWW an answer for it :D
...I am changing all my icons, mostly by using the 'TuneUp utilities' software...I noticed that even there my Internet and Mail icon from the start menu won't change. So I thought maybe by going directly again in the regedit again...? But I couldnt find no where a helpful list of these string codes....

Thank you so much
angelllina
 
Hmmm..I don't think they are "normal" shortcuts *lol* as they are in the start menu list by doing : right click Start - properties - personalize start menu - show in start menu - shortcut Internet (Mozilla) & shortcut Mail (WindowsMail)...(sorry if I am eventually using wrong words...my OS is in italian language :confused:)
But I changed these icons without problems in the toolbar and also in the program list...just not in the start menu...

thanks for your immense patience!! :D
 
Na, your English is great.

Unfortunately, these are tied to the program that you have selected in the Customize Start Menu window. They would only change if you have installed and selected another program to be the default instead. For example Firefox and Windows Live Mail instead of Internet Explorer and Windows Mail.

Start_Menu.jpg
 
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