Windows has always allowed you to change the appearance of your icons, and the procedure is pretty much the same in Vista and 7. If you don’t like the way your default icons look, you can always change them. There are plenty of built in icons to choose from, as well as many able to be downloaded. If you feel extremely adventurous, you can try your hand at designing one yourself.
Here is how to change the default icon in Windows.
1. Right click on a Folder, Shortcut, or Drive and click Properties.
2. On the Shortcut tab, click the Change Icon… on the bottom of the panel.
3. Select the icon of your choice, browse for a new icon collection (usually in c:WindowsSystem32imageres.dll or shell32.dll) or a custom .ico that you’ve built or downloaded.
4. That’s it. You’re done.
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