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Printers are displayed in Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers often with a vendor supplied icon.

Is it possible to replace that with a custom icon?

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Go to

C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Device Metadata\dmrccache\en-US

Where YOURNAME is your user account name. There you will see subfolders corresponding to your installed devices. Within each sub folder you'll see a folder named 'DeviceInformation'. Within that folder is the icon for your device.

You can either replace the icon itself. Or, you can edit the DeviceInfo.xml file and specify a different icon to use.

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Thanks for the fast answer – Noah Feb 19 '10 at 21:59
@Chris: Thanks for this! I was looking for the same thing as the OP. However, I was wondering if you knew why only certain devices were visible in "Device Metadata"; for example, here's my setup: I only see the icon/entry for the "Dell Laser MFP" in my en-US folder; I don't see anything for the other printers and icons. I don't suppose you know why, or how I might go about differentiating between them? – Pandincus Mar 9 '10 at 14:43
@Pandincus This only works when the device already has a custom icon installed - probably supplied by the manufacturer. If it is using a default icon (a generic icon for all devices of that category), it won't even have a subfolder there, let alone an icon to replace. In this case you need to follow this tutorial to add a custom icon. – ADTC May 9 '15 at 5:38

The location has changed for Windows 8.1. It's now:


Further, you can change the icon(s) to whatever you want using this Microsoft tool. This article describes how to use the tool.

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Great answer - I think this should be the new accepted answer once it has some more meat. Als, the "fine article" link is a self-reference... did you mean to link another superuser article here? – Jonas Heidelberg Oct 8 '14 at 12:40
Thanks! Fixed it. – judoman May 4 '15 at 22:01

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