How to install icons in Windows 7?

Many Windows 7 themes on our site come with new desktop icons. Some of them will automatically be installed, but some special desktop icons can only be changed with the help of a special tool. This is going to be a tutorial that will help you to install new icons in Windows 7.

Control Panel Icon
(Halo3 Control Panel Icon)

First Step: Allow themes to change desktop icons!

Before you download and install any themes from here, you should make sure that the following option is checked.

Right-click on your desktop and click on “Personalize” on the bottom”:

Click on “desktop icons” and make sure that the option “Allows themes to change desktop icons” is checked:

Allow themes to change desktop icons

Install/Change Windows 7 Desktop Icons

1. Step Right-click on your desktop – Click on “Personalize”
2. Step Click on “Change desktop icons”
3. Step Assign each icon manually after clicking on “change icon”

While we’re at it, click on “Change icon” and you already know how to change a desktop icon:

Change desktop icon

Simply browse to the folder where you store all of your desktop icons and double-click on it.

Change Special Icons

There are many “special” desktop icons. To name a few, there are icons for:

  • Printers
  • Fonts
  • Programs
  • Favorites
  • Folders
  • Documents
  • Videos
  • etc

Let’s assume you have icons for all of those items, then you will need a special tool that allows you to apply desktop icons.

IconPackager 5 IconPackager 5

IconPackager from Stardock allows you to apply icons for almost everything on your PC. Get the trial and try it out.

Now, you can apply for example a different icon for your control panel:
Control Panel Icon
(Halo 3 Control Panel)

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2 Responses to How to install icons in Windows 7?

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    robert said:

    I am trying to put a radio station on my desktop with the radio station’s icon. All I can do is put the station on the desktop, but the icon is just a folder image. Can this be done?

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Oliver Krautscheid said:

    Robert, yes this can done, I am writing a guide on this for you today and will post a link later

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