This seems like a simple task, but.

Gateway / Mid tower
February 12, 2009 at 00:23:58
Specs: Windows XP, 1GB
I wanted my drives to be represented by letters rather than pictures in the taskbar in XP.

I was able to download a set of letter .ico files and change the drive shortcut icons in the taskbar without trouble; however, when I open 'My Computer' the drive icons are generic - i.e., the white rectangle with colored dots in it. I would like the same icons I changed and see on the taskbar to appear in 'My Computer'.

I'm sure that this is possible, but I cannot accomplish it. I like to be able to identify my drives by their letters - not the generic Windows picture-style icons.

Simply put, I need to know how to change the drive icons in 'My Computer'. (XP Home; SP3).

I know that somebody can assist,

Many thanks in advance,
Tom
etl@kona.net


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#1
February 12, 2009 at 04:49:41
It's not a good idea to post your email in plain text. Also, the Forums are public and users provide public answers...we don't normally just respond to someone's email.

As much as I'm trying to picture what you're talking about in regard to the icons, I can't do it...

Can you post a screen shot?

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What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#2
February 12, 2009 at 12:45:27
Thank you for the speedy reply.

I would like to know how to change the icons for C: D: E: F: etc. when viewing XP's 'My Computer' window; since the default drive icons all look the same. I have the alternative icon files I wish to use, but I cannot find any option to change the default icons shown in 'My Computer'.


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#3
February 13, 2009 at 08:55:11
Found this at Annoyances.org:

The easiest way I have done it is to go into the registry (regedit) and then go to the following MyComputer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer if you have a Key named DriveIcons make to key within that called DefaultIcon and another Called DefaultLabel If you don't have a Key named DriveIcons create on and then for each Drive you want to change make just a letter for each C: drive is just C and then add the keys from up above. After you have all the key inside of the DefaultIcon the value for it is the location of the icon you want to use. If you want to use one in shell32.dll you will need to count the number and then after the path type in the number such as %SystemFolder%\system32\shell32.dll, 29 If you want to you another Icon, I am using icons that look like OSX drive Icons just locate the .ico file and put that in the path. In the DefaultLabel you just can type in a decription. Like my CD Burner is labeled TDK Velco 24X Burner, Windows XP just listed it as CD Drive. This worked on all my drives except network mapped drives that were loaded from a login script.

(The easiest way I have done it is to go into the registry (regedit) and then go to the following MyComputer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer if you have a Key named DriveIcons make to key within that called DefaultIcon and another Called DefaultLabel If you don't have a Key named DriveIcons create on and then for each Drive you want to change make just a letter for each C: drive is just C and then add the keys from up above. After you have all the key inside of the DefaultIcon the value for it is the location of the icon you want to use. If you want to use one in shell32.dll you will need to count the number and then after the path type in the number such as %SystemFolder%\system32\shell32.dll, 29 If you want to you another Icon, I am using icons that look like OSX drive Icons just locate the .ico file and put that in the path. In the DefaultLabel you just can type in a decription. Like my CD Burner is labeled TDK Velco 24X Burner, Windows XP just listed it as CD Drive. This worked on all my drives except network mapped drives that were loaded from a login script.

(The easiest way I have done it is to go into the registry (regedit) and then go to the following MyComputer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer if you have a Key named DriveIcons make to key within that called DefaultIcon and another Called DefaultLabel If you don't have a Key named DriveIcons create on and then for each Drive you want to change make just a letter for each C: drive is just C and then add the keys from up above. After you have all the key inside of the DefaultIcon the value for it is the location of the icon you want to use. If you want to use one in shell32.dll you will need to count the number and then after the path type in the number such as %SystemFolder%\system32\shell32.dll, 29 If you want to you another Icon, I am using icons that look like OSX drive Icons just locate the .ico file and put that in the path. In the DefaultLabel you just can type in a decription. Like my CD Burner is labeled TDK Velco 24X Burner, Windows XP just listed it as CD Drive. This worked on all my drives except network mapped drives that were loaded from a login script.

(http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1047250025)


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#4
February 13, 2009 at 17:05:42
Times three I guess. LOL

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#5
February 15, 2009 at 00:45:27
Thank you for the speedy reply again.

But you're going to have to explain this in a little more detail. I am aware of the potential damage when editing the registry, and I don't follow you after:

"...and then for each Drive you want to change make just a letter for each C: is just C and then add the keys from up above."

How do I 'make just a letter'?
How do I add a key?
What does 'from up above' mean?

I really appreciate the help; but, I require more explicit instructions . Perhaps step by step -- click on <<BUTTON>>; select <<OPTION>> -- that kind of thing. Otherwise, thank you for your assistance.

Tom


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#6
February 15, 2009 at 06:12:19
I get it now. It's NOT a simple process to change the appearance (unless you just assign a Volume Label.) You either need to edit the Registry (obviously something you're not familiar with since you said you want a button to click on), or change the icons specifying the location of the ico file.

Or, take a look here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbh8...

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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