I love customizing my Windows PC. I like changing the look of it to match my mood, increase my productivity or make it look nice. But, one of the things I dislike is icon customization. It’s always very difficult to change my icons (I’ve experienced problems when it comes to the Windows drive icon!) or even find good ones. In this post, I will show you how to change your Windows icons quickly and easily.
This is the easiest and safest way to change your icons—even if you’re new to computers, you will be able to do this without any problems.
You will need:
- Windows XP, Vista, or 7 machine
- TuneUp Utilities
First, you will need to download and install TuneUp Utilities (you can get a 15-day, free trial here). The software works on Windows XP, Vista, and 7 systems. After you’ve installed it, run the TuneUp Utilities shortcut on your desktop. If you can’t find it, just go to your Start Menu, and check for the TuneUp Utilities file (if you have Windows Vista or7, or search for it in the box in your Start Menu).
Once you open up the software, go to “All functions” in the “Customize Windows” section. Next, click on “Change Windows appearance”.
TuneUp Styler will now appear. Go to the left, where you will have four boxes:
- System Start
What we want is to click “System Elements” inside the Icons box. You should now get a window like the one below.
Don’t worry! This may look a bit intimidating, but it’s really not. Now, if you just want to replace a couple of icons with other ones manually, select the icon you want and then choose “Replace Icon” which is on the right. By default, you can select Windows’ default icons one by one. Or, you can select an icon in the format “.ico”, “.icl”, “.exe”, or “.dll”. Browse to the directory where the icon is, select it, and you’re done! You can find tons of icons over at DeviantArt.
It takes a lot of time to replace each and every icon at once. Instead, there are many “Icon packages” out there. A couple of them can also be found on DeviantArt, if you do a search for “TuneUp” in the Icon category we mentioned above. Here’s an example of a fine icon pack.
If you want to install a downloaded icon pack, you can do this by clicking the “Icon Packages” button at the bottom and next to the “Apply” button. After you’ve clicked it, go to “Add”, and select “Load Icon package from a file”. Again, browse the directory to where your pack is, and select it. You’re set!
Note: The icon pack file must be on either .tip (TuneUp IconPackages file extension), or .ip, .iptheme and .zip. In some cases, you will need to extract the icon pack first!
Here’s the best part. TuneUp also has a ton of icon packages available online. And, there are really nice ones, so if you’re searching for a good pack, there will most likely be one there that you like.
Or, do you have a very nice icon pack that you want to show off? Make sure to mention/show them in the comments box below.