Best icon changing / management tool for W11?


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Is there anything that'll let me manage custom folder icons easily and export the settings etc? Everything I can find is for win8 etc.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hmm, that seems to be for making icon packs, I'm talking about when you set a specific icon for a specific folder, I want to do it for loads, but it doesn't persist on reinstalls so some way of exporting that info and importing it again would be great.

This might be it, but I can't tell from their description about setting and saving icons for individual folders etc. Don't like to install trials that i'll just uninstall 5 mins later and leave junk files everywhere. Might just be a collaboration tool.
 

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Oh thanks. I actually tried that last night but I didn't see any options for making your own icons. Does that only show up with a paid license or something? Usually their stuff is fully free for 30 days. I'll try it again anyway.
It's not as versatile as that I'm afraid but there are free downloadable icon sets. What I like about it is that after every Feature update or insider build update it's a one click restore to your preference.
 

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It's not as versatile as that I'm afraid but there are free downloadable icon sets. What I like about it is that after every Feature update or insider build update it's a one click restore to your preference.
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seems you can only change the icons of system locations or icons already there, no way to add your own directories / files and apply specific icons to them. something like that with the ability to restore them is what I'm after.
 

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seems you can only change the icons of system locations or icons already there, no way to add your own directories / files and apply specific icons to them. something like that with the ability to restore them is what I'm after.
Sorry it's of no help.
 

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I want to do it for loads, but it doesn't persist on reinstalls
If you change icons on non system disks or for shortcuts, they will remember it even after a clean install, as long as icon's path is the same, like in onedrive or on non system disks as well. I use a shortcut for a quick access to change system icons.
Code:
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
 

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If you change icons on non system disks or for shortcuts, they will remember it even after a clean install, as long as icon's path is the same, like in onedrive or on non system disks as well. I use a shortcut for a quick access to change system icons.
Code:
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
Oh cool thanks. I'll just keep the icons on another partition then so they're always in the same place.

rather than make a new topic another icon related question; I upgraded from w10 to 11 and I hate the little image previews on folders with images inside of them, how do you just keep the folder icon? I've found ways to disable thumbnails altogether but that's not what I want.

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how do you just keep the folder icon?
You can setup the default icon. But the default default will not do, because %SystemRoot%\System32\SHELL32.dll contains multiple.
Code:
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\OneDrive\Pictures\MLP Icons\Folders\Folder - UserFluttershy.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\OneDrive\Pictures\MLP Icons\Folders\fluttericon.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\OneDrive\Pictures\MLP Icons\Folders\Folder - UserFluttershy.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\OneDrive\Pictures\MLP Icons\Folders\fluttericon.ico" /f
 

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Thanks, it changed my desktop ones to a weird folder but didn't touch these;

I reloaded icons with that tool - do I need to clear the cache or something?
 

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I just realized that wasn't some generic fix and it has custom parts. doh. nevermind. I got it.

Am I doing this right?

Code:
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Documents\System Setup\Themes and Icons\Lumicons\Icons\System\Folder Yellow.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Documents\System Setup\Themes and Icons\Lumicons\Icons\System\Folder Yellow.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Documents\System Setup\Themes and Icons\Lumicons\Icons\System\Folder Yellow.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "D:\Documents\System Setup\Themes and Icons\Lumicons\Icons\System\Folder Yellow.ico" /f
not getting a change
 

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I removed those entries and reset my imageres.dll to the stock one, applied icon theme fresh, but those icons the registry modified are still janked up - could someone give me the default entries to import please?
 

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Am I doing this right?
Download folder icon you like from the internet and then replace the file path based on it's location.

For example, if you download icon in the attachment, unpack it to downloads folder, this should do:
Code:
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Default (with files) 01.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Default (with files) 01.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Default (with files) 01.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Default (with files) 01.ico" /f
taskkill /im explorer.exe /f & explorer.exe
 

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Thank you. I tried it and it seemed to work, along with sfc/dism/resetting imageres (I did a bunch of stuff all at once so no idea), but then I applied my 7tsp theme again, and those same icons are still messed up:

Am I gonna have to reinstall to fix this?

Thanks for the help really appreciate the effort.

Edit: If I make a new folder and move the contents from one of the 'broken icon' ones, the icon goes from good to bad - it's something to do with the thumbnails on the icon? But also other icons are broken (see the samba shortcuts at the top which are just a big shortcut icon which is wrong)

Edit2: Oh also, I've been making regular snapshots, and I reverted to one from earlier thinking it'd fix it but strangely did not, system restore doesn't touch the registry?
Edit3: Apparently it does according to google. It must not have been far back enough. Was awake all night working on stuff and time has lost all meaning.
 

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    Corsair K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES
    Mouse
    ROCCAT LEADR Optical
    Browser
    Chrome
Can someone tell me what the default registry entries are for
Code:
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Default (with files) 01.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Default (with files) 01.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "3" /t REG_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Default (with files) 01.ico" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Icons" /v "4" /t REG_SZ /d "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\Default (with files) 01.ico" /f
taskkill /im explorer.exe /f & explorer.exe

? I simply can't seem to fix this and really don't want to have to reinstall windows because of it after I just got everything sorted :(
 

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    Windows 11 [22H2] [22621.2428]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Culture-Virus v4.0
    CPU
    i7-11700k
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590
    Memory
    32GB Crucial Ballistix 3600MHz @ 4227MHz 16-18-38 2T
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC CQ27G2U/BK
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    M.2 1: Samsung SSD 990 PRO 2TB
    M.2 2: Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair RM1000X SHIFT
    Case
    Fractal Design 7 XL
    Cooling
    Custom Water
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES
    Mouse
    ROCCAT LEADR Optical
    Browser
    Chrome
Can someone tell me what the default registry entries are for
By default those entries do not exist, you can remove them, maybe it will reset them.
 

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    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
    Motherboard
    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E & IFX TPM (07/19)
    Memory
    4x 8GB ADATA XPG GAMMIX D10 DDR4 3200MHz CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR 8G OC @48FPS (08/19)
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Z (11/16)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" AOC G2460VQ6 (01/19)
    Screen Resolution
    1920×1080@75Hz & FreeSync (DisplayPort)
    Hard Drives
    ADATA XPG GAMMIX S11 Pro SSD 512GB (07/19)
    PSU
    Seasonic M12II-520 80 Plus Bronze (11/16)
    Case
    Lian Li PC-7NB & 3x Noctua NF-S12A FLX@700rpm (11/16)
    Cooling
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S@700rpm (07/19)
    Keyboard
    HP Wired Desktop 320K + Rabalux 76017 Parker (01/24)
    Mouse
    Logitech M330 Silent Plus (04/23)
    Internet Speed
    400/40 Mbps via RouterOS (05/21) & TCP Optimizer
    Browser
    Edge (No FB/Google) & Brave for YouTube & LibreWolf for FB
    Antivirus
    NoAV & Binisoft WFC & NextDNS
    Other Info
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170 (09/10)
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Oh. Ok I think I have figured it out. In 7tsp you can 'remove custom pack', maybe the icon pack I am applying was modified somehow and when I apply it I am just applying the 'broken' icons again and again, so I'll redownload it and re-add it to the tool. This seems like it. Thanks.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11 [22H2] [22621.2428]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Culture-Virus v4.0
    CPU
    i7-11700k
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590
    Memory
    32GB Crucial Ballistix 3600MHz @ 4227MHz 16-18-38 2T
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC CQ27G2U/BK
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    M.2 1: Samsung SSD 990 PRO 2TB
    M.2 2: Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair RM1000X SHIFT
    Case
    Fractal Design 7 XL
    Cooling
    Custom Water
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES
    Mouse
    ROCCAT LEADR Optical
    Browser
    Chrome
Okay well it's not the pack or 7tsp, I think windows is somehow still saving these changes, because I can apply another icon pack, and the icons are fine - if I apply that same pack with the problem after removing it from 7tsp and adding a freshly downloaded one, they are broken again. where could windows be saving this? I made sure to replace both my imageres and imageres backup file with the stock one from the ISO, so it can't be that it's swapping between broken and working imageres files as they are the same.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11 [22H2] [22621.2428]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Culture-Virus v4.0
    CPU
    i7-11700k
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Strix Z590
    Memory
    32GB Crucial Ballistix 3600MHz @ 4227MHz 16-18-38 2T
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC CQ27G2U/BK
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    M.2 1: Samsung SSD 990 PRO 2TB
    M.2 2: Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 2TB
    PSU
    Corsair RM1000X SHIFT
    Case
    Fractal Design 7 XL
    Cooling
    Custom Water
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL CHAMPION SERIES
    Mouse
    ROCCAT LEADR Optical
    Browser
    Chrome
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