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vistaDifferently 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.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search box, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Locate the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft \Windows\CurrentVersion\  Explorer\FileExts\ .FileYouWantToChangeTheIconOf\UserChoice.
  4. In the right-pane, note down the value located under Data for the Progid subkey (ex. YYYFile).
  5. If  UserChoice doesn’t exsit navigate to this key:  HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ .FileYouWantToChangeTheIconOf
  6. In the right-pane, remember the value data for the Default subkey (ex. YYYFile).
  7. Now navigate to this other registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ YYYFile \DefaultIcon
  8. In the right-pane, double-click on Default and write down the path to your custom icon.
  9. Restart the computer for the change to take effect.

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One Comment to “How to change the icon associated with a file in Windows Vista and Windows 7”

  1. Samer Afach Says:

    Thank you for the useful information. But the “Default” key is no longer called so in Windows 7, but rather called “Standard”. Actually this confused me a bit till I noticed, since I’m not too familiar with messing with registry ^^.

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