Differently from Windows XP and earlier Microsoft operating systems, Windows Vista and Windows 7 don’t allow you to change the icon associated with a certain file. As a matter of fact, the File Types tab located in the Folder Options has been completely removed from these two OS. Here is a simple hack to customize the icons associated with your files.
- Click Start.
- In the Search box, type regedit and press Enter.
- Locate the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\FileExts\ .FileYouWantToChangeTheIconOf\UserChoice.
- In the right-pane, note down the value located under Data for the Progid subkey (ex. YYYFile).
- If UserChoice doesn’t exsit navigate to this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ .FileYouWantToChangeTheIconOf
- In the right-pane, remember the value data for the Default subkey (ex. YYYFile).
- Now navigate to this other registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ YYYFile \DefaultIcon
- In the right-pane, double-click on Default and write down the path to your custom icon.
- Restart the computer for the change to take effect.
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