HOW TO GET WINDOWS 7'S OLD FOLDER ICONS IN WINDOWS 10

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Microsoft changed the default thư mục inhỏ in Windows 10 to lớn a flat, closed folder. If you prefer the open folder inhỏ from Windows 7, you can make that the mặc định folder ibé in Windows 10 with a registry tweak.

You can, of course, change any folder’s ibé by right-clicking on it, but if you want to change all the folders at once, you’ll need khổng lồ dig into lớn the registry.


How lớn Change the Folder Icons khổng lồ Windows 7-Style Icons Using the Registry Editor

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple haông chồng and as long as you stiông xã to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve sầu never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (và your computer!) before making changes.

To start, download the Windows 7 thư mục ibé tệp tin. Extract the Folder.iteo tệp tin from the .zip file & place it in a folder somewhere on your hard drive sầu. It doesn’t matter where, but you’ll need lớn leave the .iteo tệp tin in its place for good, so don’t put it somewhere temporary lượt thích your desktop. You can change the name of the folder inhỏ tệp tin, but do not change the .ico extension.

Then, open the Registry Editor by clicking on Start & typing regedit. Press Enter lớn open Registry Editor, or cliông chồng on “regedit” under Best match.


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Give the Registry Editor permission khổng lồ make changes to your PC.

NOTE: You may not see this dialog box, depending on your User Account Control settings.

In the tree structure on the left, navigate khổng lồ the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerRight-cliông xã on the Explorer key và select “New > Key” from the popup thực đơn.

Type Shell Icons as the name of the new key & press Enter.

Right-clichồng in the empty space on the right & select “New > String Value” from the popup menu.


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Type 3 as the name of the string value và press Enter.

Now, you’ll need the path lớn the Folder.iteo file. To get that, press Shift as you right-cliông chồng on the file in File Explorer, and select “Copy as path” from the popup thực đơn.

Go back khổng lồ the Registry Editor và double-clichồng on the new 3 string value you created. Paste the path you just copied inlớn the “Value data” box and click “OK”. The quotes are included when you paste the path & are required if there are spaces in your path. Even if there are no spaces in your path, the quotes will still work, so it’s best khổng lồ include them.

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Create a new string value just lượt thích you did with the 3 string value, but name it 4. Double-clichồng on the 4 string value and enter the same path khổng lồ the Folder.iteo file as the Value data.

Cchiến bại the Registry Editor by selecting “Exit” from the “File” thực đơn.

When you’re finished, you must restart explorer.exe for the changes lớn take effect.

How lớn Fix the Icons if They Don’t Change

If the folder icons don’t change after restarting explorer.exe cộ, there are a couple of things you could vày lớn fix the problem.


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First, try restarting your computer–in theory, you shouldn’t have sầu to bởi vì this, but I’ve seen one or two situations in which restarting fixed an icon problem when restarting explorer.exe pháo did not.

If that doesn’t help, you can turn on the setting to lớn always show icons và never show thumbnails. To vì this, open File Explorer and clichồng on the “View” tab.

Cliông chồng the “Options” button on the View tab.

On the Folder Options dialog box, cliông chồng the “View” tab & check the “Always show icons, never thumbnails” box under Advanced settings. Cliông chồng “OK”.

You can also try rebuilding the ibé cađậy khổng lồ refresh them. To bởi vì this, download a không tính tiền tool called Rebuild Inhỏ Cađậy & extract the “Rebuild Ibé Cađậy.exe” tệp tin. You do not need lớn install the program. Simply double-clichồng on the tệp tin to lớn open the program. On the window that displays, cliông xã the “Rebuilds the Icon Cache” button on the left side. The current icon cache database is backed up and then rebuilt and explorer.exe is restarted automatically.

How to Revert Baông xã lớn the Default Windows 10 Folder Icon

If you decide to lớn go baông chồng to lớn the mặc định Windows 10 folder ibé, you can delete the Shell Icons key you created. xuất hiện the Registry Editor again & navigate to lớn the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Icons
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Right-cliông xã on the Shell Icons key and select “Delete” from the popup thực đơn.

Cliông xã “Yes” on the Confirm Key Delete dialog box.

Download Our One-Cliông xã Registry Hacks

If you don’t feel lượt thích diving into the Registry yourself, we’ve sầu created some downloadable registry hacks you can use. There is a hack to change khổng lồ the Windows 7 thư mục icon and one lớn go baông chồng to lớn the default Windows 10 thư mục inhỏ. Both hacks are included in the following ZIP file. To switch to the Windows 7 folder ibé, double-cliông chồng the “Change to the Windows 7 Folder Ibé.reg” tệp tin & cliông chồng through the prompts. To revert khổng lồ the mặc định Windows 10 folder ibé, double-cliông chồng the “Change back to lớn the Windows 10 Folder Icon.reg” file. Rethành viên, once you’ve applied the hack you want, log out of your tài khoản & log baông xã in or exit và then restart explorer.exe for the change take effect.

Change Default Folder Icon in Windows 10

These hacks are really just the applicable key & values we talked about in this article exported to .REG tệp tin that add the key và the value or remove them. Running the “Change khổng lồ the Windows 7 Folder Inhỏ.reg” haông xã creates the “Shell Icons” key và adds the “3” & “4” string values. However, you need khổng lồ change the path lớn match the path khổng lồ the Folder.ico tệp tin on your computer. Replace the part of the path highlighted on the image below with your path, including the name of the .iteo tệp tin, if you changed it. Make sure you use two backslashes between the parts of the path, as shown below & leave the parts of the path not highlighted on the image below as is.

If you enjoy fiddling with the Registry, it’s worth taking the time to lớn learn how lớn make your own Registry hacks.


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