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Change Folder Icon and Background on Windows XP and 7

How to change folder icon and folder background on Windows XP and 7
by: Revengsky Joseph D. Reyes – a.k.a rjdreyes

Bored looking on same old folder with plain background and with same folder icon? You want to spice it up with something goodie! :D

Here’s a quick/easy tips on how you can change your folder icon and folder background on your Windows OS (XP/7) as easy as it goes.

CHANGE WINDOWS XP / 7 FOLDER ICON:

1. Right-click (using your mouse device) a folder of your choice, and then click Properties.
Change Folder Icon and Background on Windows XP/7
2. Click the Customize Tab, go to Folder icons section, and then click Change Icon.
Change Folder Icon and Background on Windows XP/7
3. Choose an Icon of your choice, and then click OK. Click Apply and then OK afterwards to see the effect.
Change Folder Icon and Background on Windows XP/7

CHANGE WINDOWS XP / 7 FOLDER BACKGROUND:

1. Open a Notepad, then copy and paste the code below:

For Windows XP (same folder path):
[ExtShellFolderViews]
{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC} = {BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}

[{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}]
Attributes=1
IconArea_Image=iputmyimagehere.jpg
IconArea_Text=0×00000000

For Windows XP (different folder path):
[ExtShellFolderViews]
{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC} = {BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}

[{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}]
Attributes=1
IconArea_Image=C:\Myimages\iputmyimagehere.jpg
IconArea_Text=0×00000000

Note: IconArea_Text – you can change text color, Black – 0×00000000, White – 0x00FFFFFF, Yellow – 0x0000FFFF, Red – 0x000000FF, Green – 0x0000FF00, Green – 0x0000FF00

For  Windows 7:
[AveFolder]
IconArea_Image=”C:\Myimages\iputmyimagehere.jpg”
ShadowedText=1
Recursive=1
TextR=64
TextG=0
TextB=0
[.ShellClassInfo]
IconResource=D:\Windows\system32\SHELL32.dll,6

Note: ShadowedText – shadow effect of the text, Recursive – apply to all sub-directories, (TextR=64,TextG=0,TextB=0) – is for the text color, make an experiment if you wish to change it.

2. Save the file as Desktop.ini on the folder you wish to have a background. (Note: If you cannot see the file, try to unhide the system files. To do that, go to Control PanelFolder Options – then from the Hidden files and folders, click the Show hidden files and folders click Apply then OK.)

3. Open command prompt, Start -> cmd -> then this to the chosen folder:
e.g. attrib +s C:\Myimages (For Windows XP)

You can restart your computer for more effective results.

4. If you wish more interface approach, try this tools:

Windowpaper XP( for Windows XP)
Windows 7 Folder Background Changer (for Windows 7)
Change Folder Icon and Background on Windows XP/7

Try to explore its usages, then comment here if you found one interesting to share.
That’s all! I hope this guide and tips helps you out! Cheers! :D

(Note: Microsoft (Windows XP and 7 OS), Windowpaper XP, Windows 7 Folder Background Changer – Logo/Images/Pictures has a respective copyright. I used it for demonstration purpose only.)

Related Entries / Links / Sources / Articles / Sources:
Windows 7 Folder Background Changer – Softpedia.com Download
Windowpaper XP – Sodabush.com Download Official Site

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