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Old 09-20-2009, 05:10 AM   #1
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Making Windows Pretty....

Posted this on another board figured some here would like it....

In other words how to make icons made for 2005 era look good in the post 2008 era at the OS level even on ugly out dated XP. Or just for ugly icons on every Windows based system... These are global changes so it'll even change the icons for files associated with the exe you change.

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After:




First you'll need to get the icon you plan on replacing. For this example I am using Firefox.

Then you use a custom google image search for "FireFox ico" exactly 48 by 48, 64 by 64, 128 by 128, with the latter being the best quality.

Result page example.

Firefox ico 128 x 128

From there you select the icon that most appeals to you. You aren't finished yet though. From the image result page you must download the ico file instead of the png google most likely found.

Google Image Result Page. For example from there you would click the word ico and save it somewhere safe.





Second you'll need to download Resource Hacker...

This is a bin app meaning it can be ran from disk as is and doesn't need installed anywhere.




Once you are running resource hacker you'll want to open firefox from the file menu...





Once you have firefox chosen then you'll need to replace the icon via the wizard....



From this wizard....



Here you want to Open the file with the icon you saved via google. Then proceed to click replace for the files on the right side. Repeat process for every icon on the right.

After you finish that click the save as from the menu and replace the original exe.





To view your changes you just need to rebuild you icon cache.

These changes will be global. On the start menu, on the active apps menu everywhere.

To rebuild the icon cache.

Right click the desktop and select properties from the menu....



Select the Appearance tab, and click the advanced button.



In that window on the Item select drop down, select Icon and change the size.



Change it to 24, 48, 64, or 128 and hit OK.

Then press apply when it returns you to the original window.



Presto.


Desktop:

Windows bar:


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Old 09-20-2009, 06:21 AM   #2
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Theres alot of good windows alterations out there. Some good, some really really ugly.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:42 AM   #3
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Yeah this is really for apps that have icons that look like they are from the last decade....



Plus it changes the default icon calls for shortcuts and files....
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