How Can I Change Windows Default Desktop Icons?
By on September 17th, 2009

Here’s how to change the standard icons you normally see on your Windows Desktop.

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These instructions are for Windows XP.

Scroll on down further to see how to do this in Vista or Windows 7.

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and select Properties. Then choose the Desktoptab as shown.

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Click the Customize Desktopbutton. Select the icon you wish to change and then click the Change Iconbutton.

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You’ll see the location of the current icon and clicking Browsewill allow you to choose a new icon.

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Here you can see that I’ve selected an icon from the shell32.dllicon library. Hit the OK button after you’ve selected the icon you wish to use.

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You should now see the changed icon in the list. If you are done changing icons, you can hit OK to save your changes. You will have to hit another OK button after that to exit the Desktop properties.

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Now you can see the changed icon on your desktop.

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Instructions for Windows Vista and Windows 7

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop. Then select the Change desktop iconslink.

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The rest of the procedure is pretty much the same as what I showed you above for Windows XP.

That’s all there is to it. Now you can make your Windows a little more personal.

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