How can I change user icons of regular user icons (Downloads, Documents, Photos, Videos, Music,...)



You may need to change the icon reference by editing the hidden desktop.ini file under each shell folder.


To edit the desktop.ini file for the Downloads folder, press WinKey + R, and type notepad %userprofile%\downloads\desktop.ini. Change the icon reference from:




Similarly do this for other shell folders.


Other areas in Explorer use the icon settings from the registry. To change that, in the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe), go to:


Create the {GUID} applicable to a shell folder, and create a DefaultIcon key underneath. For example, to customize Downloads folder icon, you create this key:


Then double-click (default) and set its value data to a .ico file. A sample REG file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Repeat this for each shell folder icon you want to customize, and the other GUID strings are as follows:

Src: Remove Quick access, Folders (6) and Other Shell Folders from File Explorer?

{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}  Desktop

{D3162B92-9365-467A-956B-92703ACA08AF}  Documents

{3DFDF296-DBEC-4FB4-81D1-6A3438BCF4DE}  Music

{24AD3AD4-A569-4530-98E1-AB02F9417AA8}  Pictures

{F86FA3AB-70D2-4FC7-9C99-FCBF05467F3A}  Videos

Logoff and login back after editing the registry and/or desktop.ini.

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