Customize It: Manually Installing New Windows 8 Desktop Icons

Preview Icons_thumb.jpg 1Many Windows themes have their own icons and if you enable your theme to change your icons then the new icons will be automatically installed when you apply new themes but in some cases you may have to install new icons manually. Here’s how to install icons manually in Windows 8

Steps to properly install icons in Windows 8 manually

1. Step Open the Desktop by clicking Desktop tile on the Start Screen.

Start desktop icon

2. Step Next, Right click on your desktop and select Personalize.

Desktop personalize icons

3. Step Next, click on the ‘Change desktop icons’ located at the top-left pane.

Change desktop icons

4. Step Next, select / check the icons you want to show on your desktop. Also, select / check ‘Allow themes to change desktop icons’.

Check options icons

5. Step Next, to install icons you will have to assign each icon manually after clicking on change icon of each icons like Computer, Network etc. Click on the Computer and click on Change icon.

Change each icon

5. Step Next, locate the icons you have saved to your computer. Click on the browse button and locate your *.ico file. Then click on the Open button. Finally click on the OK button. Then click Apply and again confirm with OK. Repeat same process for other icons like Control Panel, Network, Recycle Bin etc. That are the complete steps to install icons in Windows 8.

Locate icons


Icons allows you to quickly access your program / applications instantly by simply double clicking on it. You may want to use nice icons so that your desktop or other folders have a more appealing design. You can download some nice icons from site like, We have a bunch of Windows 7 themes that include nice icons as well.

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Uttam is a Microsoft Student Partner from Kathmandu, Nepal. Aside from blogging, Uttam is also studying computer engineering and works as a freelancer developer. Windows has always been his first love. He has been using Windows since his early days since he was in 2nd Grade. He also used a few other operating systems but never found any other OS that he grew fond of.

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