How to Change the Default Control Panel Icon in Windows 7

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This will show you how to change the default Control Panel icon in the Windows 7 Start Menu, Desktop icon, and navigation pane to be a icon of your choice.

You should use a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (icon) file to have the best support for all icon view sizes.



EXAMPLE: Default and Changed Control Panel Icon
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OPTION ONE
Change Control Panel Icon for Current User Only


NOTE: This will only change the default Control Panel icon for the user account that you are currently logged in. It will not change it for all users like OPTION TWO below.
1. To Change the Control Panel Icon for Current User
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Default_Control_Panel_Icon_Entries.reg
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B) Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

C) Right click the downloaded .reg file on the Desktop and click on Merge.

D) Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

E) Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

F) If prompted by [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], then click on Yes (administrator) or enter administrator's password (standard user).

G) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This will be the registry locations added from steps A to D.

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\DefaultIcon
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H) In the right pane of DefaultIcon, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (see screenshot above)

I) Do either step J or K below.

J) To Use another Windows 7 Icon
J1) Download and install the free program [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to add the Icons tab in the screenshot below step J2.
NOTE: Be sure to download the correct [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] version for your Windows 7.

J2) In Windows Explorer navigate to the .exe (ex: for program icons) or .dll (ex: Windows 7 icons) file that contains the icon that you want to use for the default HomeGroup icon, then right click on the file, click on Properties, and the Icons tab. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The most common Windows 7 icons come from the C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll file.
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J3) Make note of the icon number for the icon that you want to use instead. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: For example, the default Control Panel icon number is 27.

J4) In the Modify window from regedit, type in the full path of the .exe or .dll file followed by ,-icon# (full path,-####) and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: For example, if I wanted to use the path (step J2) and the 27 icon (step J3), I would type:

%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-27

OR

C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll,-27
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J5) Go to step L below.
K) To Use a Custom Icon of Your Own
K1) In the Modify window from regedit, type in the full path of where the custom icon (.ico) file saved at with the file extension in quotes, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
WARNING: You will need to use a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that was made for Windows 7 and Vista for them to display properly at all of the available icon view sizes in Windows 7. You will also need to leave the icon (.ico file) saved at the exact location you typed below for it to continue to work. If you delete or move this icon, then it will no longer be displayed.
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L) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This will be the registry locations added from steps A to D.

Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}\DefaultIcon
M) Repeat steps H and I above for step L instead. When finished, go to step 3.
2. To Restore the Default Control Panel Icon for Current User Only
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Restore_Default_Current_User_Control_Panel_Icon.reg
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B) Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

C) Right click the downloaded .reg file on the Desktop and click on Merge.

D) Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.
3. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

4. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




OPTION TWO
Change Control Panel Icon for All Users


NOTE: This option will change the default Control Panel icon for all users on the computer. You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this option.
1. To Change the Control Panel Icon for All Users
A) Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

B) If prompted by [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], then click on Yes.

C) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\DefaultIcon
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D) In the left pane, right click on DefaultIcon, click on Permissions. (see screenshot above)

E) Select your Administrators account, check the Allow box for Full Control, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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F) In the right pane of DefaultIcon, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (see screenshot below step 1C)

G) Do either step H or I below.

H) To Use another Windows 7 Icon
H1) Download and install the free program [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]to add the Icons tab in the screenshot below step H2.
NOTE: Be sure to download the correct [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] version for your Windows 7.

H2) In Windows Explorer navigate to the .exe (ex: for program icons) or .dll (ex: Windows 7 icons) file that contains the icon that you want to use for the default HomeGroup icon, then right click on the file, click on Properties, and the Icons tab. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The most common Windows 7 icons come from the C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll file.
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H3) Make note of the icon number for the icon that you want to use instead. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: For example, the default Control Panel icon number is 27.

H4) In the Modify window from regedit, type in the full path of the .exe or .dll file followed by ,-icon# (full path,-####) and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: For example, if I wanted to use the path (step H2) and the 27 icon (step H3), I would type:

%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-27

OR

C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll,-27
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H5) Go to step J below.
I) To Use a Custom Icon of Your Own
I1) In the Modify window from regedit, type in the full path of where the custom icon (.ico) file saved at with the file extension in quotes, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
WARNING: You will need to use a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that was made for Windows 7 and Vista for them to display properly at all of the available icon view sizes in Windows 7. You will also need to leave the icon (.ico file) saved at the exact location you typed below for it to continue to work. If you delete or move this icon, then it will no longer be displayed.
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J) In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This will be the registry locations added from steps A to D.

Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}\DefaultIcon
M) Repeat steps D to G above for step J instead. When finished, go to step 3.
2. To Restore the Default Control Panel Icon for All Users
NOTE: This will also restore the default icon for current user in OPTION ONE as well.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Restore_All_Users_Default_Control_Panel_Icon.reg
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B) Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

C) Right click the downloaded .reg file on the Desktop and click on Merge.

D) Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.
3. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

4. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn



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