How to Change Default Folder Icon in Windows 7

Are you fed up with the idea of sticking to windows icons only, well here is a solution to you people. In this post i will explain on how to change the default folder icon to whatever the icon you want.

1. Go to you most trustworthy registry editor (regedit):
Just in case you do not know what i am talking about if  you are a windows XP user : Start Menu -> Run --> Type “regedit” Press Enter.
If you are a Vista or Windows 7 user then: Start -> Type “regedit” Press Enter.
Now that we have that settled lets go to step 2.

2. Regedit Navigation
Go to registry path
3. Now Create a new Key Value
Right Click on Explorer on the Left Pane -> New -> Key.
Type “Shell Icons” and press Enter.
(If you already have shell icons just skip this step)
4.  Registry Value Creation
In the right pane of the Shell Icons keys.
Right Click -> New -> String Value.
For the new value created give the name “3″ and press enter.
5. Modify Newly Created Registry Value
Right click on the newly created number for the folder type and click on Modify.
Give the full path of the ico file which you want to make as the default icon.

NOTE : You must use a 256×256 pixel icon .ico file for it to display properly in all icon sizes in Windows Explorer.
now close the registry editor. log off and log on…
Voila… you now have the custom icon as your windows default icon

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