Control Panel Icons

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How to Change a Icon in the Control Panel in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to change most of the classic view Control Panel icons to whatever you want them to be.
How to Change a Icon in the Control Panel in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to change most of the classic view Control Panel icons listed below to whatever you want them to be.
Note   Note
To change the icons back to their default (original) icons, see the post below for a list of the original default paths, and then follow these same steps.

See: Control Panel Icons

warning   Warning
The icons you decide to use must be a 256x256 .ico icon file (not .PNG) to be used in Vista without any viewing problems with a larger size. 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: Default Classic Control Panel Icons
Classic_Control_Panel.jpg




OPTION ONE
How to Change the Easy Control Panel Icons

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.
3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.​
4. Go to the registry key location (Icon Locations below) in regedit for the icon you want to change.​
Note   Note

Icon Locations:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{add location here from below}​

Control Panel Icon

CLSID Location

Add Hardware

{7A979262-40CE-46ff-AEEE-7884AC3B6136}\DefaultIcon

Administrative Tools

{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-OC5020524153}\DefaultIcon

Default Programs

{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}\DefaultIcon

Device Manager

{74246bfc-4c96-11d0-9bef-0020afgb0b7a}\DefaultIcon

Ease of Access Center

{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}\DefaultIcon

Folder Options

{6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}\DefaultIcon

Fonts

{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40b-OC5020524152}\DefaultIcon

Network and Sharing Center

{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CAOE70D03D}\DefaultIcon

Parental Controls

{96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A46A7E3C548B}\DefaultIcon

Personalization

{ED834ED6-485A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}\DefaultIcon

Printers

{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon

Programs and Features

{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}\DefaultIcon

iSCSI Initiator

{A304259D-52B8-4526-8B1A-A1D6CECC8243}\DefaultIcon

Sync Center

{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}\DefaultIcon

System

{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6A77EEE}\DefaultIcon

Taskbar and Start Menu

{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}\DefaultIcon

Welcome Center

{CB1B7F8C-C50A-4176-B604-9E24DEE8D4D1}\DefaultIcon

Windows Anytime Update

{BE122A0E-4503-11DA-8BDE-F66BAD1E3F3A}\DefaultIcon

Windows Cardspace

{78CB147A-98EA-4AA6-B0DF-C8681F69341C}\DefaultIcon

Windows Firewall

{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}\DefaultIcon

Windows Sidebar

{37efd44d-ef8d-41b1-940d-96973a50e9eo}\DefaultIcon


5. In the right pane, right click on (Default) and on Modify. (See example screenshots below)​
Example Original Path:
Icon1.jpg
Example New Path:
Icon2.jpg

6. Type in your new Icon's full file path. (See screenshots below step 7)​
EX: C:\(where ever you saved the icon)
7. Click on OK to apply.​
NOTE: Now look in your Control Panel and you will see the icon has been replaced with the one you added.​
Modify.jpg





OPTION TWO
How to Change the Harder Control Panel Icons

1. Open the Start Menu.
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.​
4. Go to the registry key location (Icon Locations below) in regedit for the icon you want to change.​
Note   Note

Icon Locations:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{add location here from below}​

Control Panel Icon

CLSID Location

Autoplay

{9C60DE1E-E5FC-4of4-A487-460851A8D915}\DefaultIcon

Backup and Restore Center

{335a31dd-f04b-4d76-a925-d6b47cf360df}\DefaultIcon

Color Management

{B2C761C6-29BC-4f19-9251-E6195265BAF1}\DefaultIcon

Performance Information and Tools

{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}\DefaultIcon

Power Options

{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}\DefaulIcon

Problem Reports and Solutions

{FCFEECAE-EE1B-4849-AE50-685DCF7717EC}\DefaultIcon

Scanners and Cameras

{00f2886f-cd64-4fc9-8ec5-30efbcdbe8c3}\DefaultIcon

Speech Recognition

{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}\DefaultIcon

User Accounts

{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}\DefaultIcon

Windows Defender

{D8559EB9-20C0-410E-BEDA-7ED416AECC2A}\DefaultIcon

Windows Sideshow

{E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}\DefaultIcon

Windows Update

{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}\DefaultIcon


5. Right click on DefaultIcon (in left pane) and click on Properties. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: We will have to take ownership of the registry key DefaultIcon (in left pane) to do this.
Right Click.jpg

6. Here's the window to start taking ownership. (See screenshot below) Open another tab or window in IE and go to How to Take Ownership of an Item in Vista and follow instructions for method two step 3.​
Permissions.jpg

7. When you have taken ownership. Right click on (Default) in the right pane and click on Modify. (See screenshot below step 5)​
8. Type in your new icon's full file path and press OK. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: Your Icon has been changed in Control Panel. If not, then you didn't take ownership of DefaultIcon and you will need to repeat these steps.​
Modify.jpg

That's it,
Shawn


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Comments

Default Control Panel Icon Paths in Vista

Note   Note
Follow the above posts instructions on how to change the icons and just put the original path location for the data.

BLUE = Easy ones
RED = Harder Have to take Ownership ones
Tip   Tip
Use Copy and Paste to save yourself time.



Control Panel Icon | Default Icon Path Add Hardware | %SystemRoot%\System32\hdwwiz.exe,-1501 Administrator Tools| %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-114 Default Programs | %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-24 Device Manager| %SystemRoot%\System32\devmgr.dll,-201 Ease of Access Center| %SystemRoot%\System32\accessibilitycpl.dll,-1 Folder Options| %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-166 Fonts| %SystemRoot%\System32\main.cpl,9 Network and Sharing Center| %SystemRoot%\System32\netcenter.dll,-1 Parental Controls| %SystemRoot%\System32\wpccpl.dll,-1 Personalization| %SystemRoot%\System32\themecpl.dll,-1 Printers| %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-26 Programs and Features| %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-87 iSCSI Initiator| %SystemRoot%\System32\iscsicpl.exe,-1 Sync Center| %SystemRoot%\System32\synccenter.dll,-1000 System| %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-149 Taskbar and Start Menu| %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll,-80 Welcome Center| %SystemRoot%\System32\oobefldr.dll Windows Anytime Update| %SystemRoot%\System32\windowsanytimeupgradecpl.dll,-1 Windows CardSpace | C:\Windows\System32\icardres.dll,-4096
Windows Firewall| C:\Windows\System32\firewallcontrolpanel.exe,-5004 Windows Sidebar | %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe,-100



Control Panel Icon | Default Icon Path AutoPlay | %SystemRoot%\System32\autoplay.dll,-1
Backup and Restore Center | %SystemRoot%\System32\brcpl.dll,-1
Color Management | %SystemRoot%\System32\colorcpl.exe,-5
Performance Information and Tools | %SystemRoot%\System32\perfcentercpl.dll,-1
Power Options | %SystemRoot%\System32\Powercpl.dll,-1
Problem Reports and Solutions | %SystemRoot%\System32\wercon.exe,-1
Scanners and Cameras | %ProgramFiles%\Windows PhotoGallery\ImagingDevices.exe,-102 Speech Recognition | %SystemRoot%\System32\Speech\SpeechUX\Speechuxcpl.dll,-1
User Accounts | %SystemRoot%\System32\usercpl.dll,-1
Windows Defender | %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MsMpRes.dll,-103
Windows Sideshow | %SystemRoot%\System32\AuxiliaryDisplaycpl.dll,-1
Windows Update | %SystemRoot%\System32\wucltux.dll,-1



That's it,
Shawn
 
Hi brink,

Thanks for this guide :)

I would like to know if it is possible to change the icons of Control Panel(the one in the start menu), Hard Disk & DVD Drives?

Thanks again! :D
 
So only the 32 icons listed below the LOCATION can be changed? How about the others? Like Realtek HD Audio Manager, Game controllers...etc Ahhh... I'm so fussy :o
 
LOL niGht kiD,

These are just the ones I found so far. I dug for the others, and no luck yet. Hopefully I will find them one day. :p

Shawn
 
What if an unidentified icon with no name has appeared in the Control Panel? It looks like a piece of paper with an empty comment balloon superimposed on it. How can I find it's name and location?
Mike
 
Hi Mberry,

It sounds similar to the Text to Speech icon. Did you install anything before it appeared? See if highlighting it will let you see the name. You can also right click on it and click Create Shortcut for the desktop, then right click on the shortcut (on desktop) and click Properties to see if it will give you a name.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Hi Claustrawberry,

Sorry, I have not found the Mouse icon yet. :(

I like the Mighty Mouse idea though. ;)
 
Hay Shawn, have you havd any luck in finding how to change the "View 32-bit Control Panel Items" icon? For some strange reason, when I changed the control panel Icon using your tutorial, the one in the start menu didn't change, all the other ones did, including the one on the desktop, just the start menu one and the 32-bit didn't change. Perhaps windows might be using a different registry key indicating the location of the icon. Got any clues where I could find it?

Please reply ASAP
Raashid
 
Hello Rasshid,

Sorry, but I have not had any luck finding those yet. I'll keep looking though. :(
 
yes it sure is handy, and by the way another way you could tryfinding the location of the icons is by going to the control panel in classic view, and right click on the icon you want to change and select create short-cut, when you create the shortcut, right cilck on it and select properties, then try changing the icon and you will be shown the current location of the icon :)
 
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