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The best ways to change your shell32.dll icons is to download 2 simple programs: Resource hacker ( to open and modify your system default file, and then to replace icons with your own), and the second one is replacer ( a program that replaces the shell32.dll default with your modified one, it creates automatically a backup of your original shell32.dll and repleces it with your own. you can see changes after first restart or more restarts, or if this doesn't work, go to task manager and kill process for explorer.exe and then reopen it, it should chage your icons, depending on how many icons you've changed) Hope you get the idea... it's easy no time consuming, no disk space (both programs have less than 10 Mb)... Happy shell hacking