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?


In Windows Explorer, go to:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Device Metadata\dmrccache

And open the appropriate language-specific folder (e.g. for US it is en-us). There you will see subfolders corresponding to your installed devices. In each subfolder you'll see a folder named DeviceInformation. In 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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    @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: screencast.com/t/NTgyOTMxMTM 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
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    @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.

  • 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

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