IconSwap changes system resources such as icons, bitmaps, avis, dialogs, etc. It is freeware.
I wrote IconSwap because I was so bored with my default icons. I'd like to XPize my system but I run Windows 2000.
IconSwap is based on XPize by XPero but it is designed for Windows 2000. Thanks go to XPero for donating avi's, bitmaps, etc.
Unfortunately, Win2k won't display 32-bit icon alpha channel transparencies. Essentially, Xp desktop icons look like crap. So IconSwap was designed to replace any icon set you like. There are many available around the net. Actually, every resource can be user defined.
The idea is you put your new icons (bitmaps, avis, etc) in a directory with a .txt file (I call mine iconset.txt) that tells IconSwap where to put the icons. If I get bored with a set, I just load in another set.
The download (coming later) only changes 'My Computer' and 'Recycle' icons. The executable (iconswap.exe) will do far more if you add to the iconset.txt file but for now, 3 icons is fine to get you started.
This is how iconset.txt looks for changing these three icons:
%WinDir%\explorer.exe, 100, MyComp.ico
%SysDir%\shell32.dll, 32, Trash.ico
%SysDir%\shell32.dll, 33, TrashFul.ico
See pics for the before and afters.
Edit February 2007:
The (nearly) complete iconset.txt file for all Win2k and XP resources can be found at post #28 (end edit).
All the original icons (bitmaps, avis, etc) get saved in a restore directory so you can change things back to original if you like.
Thanks go to Damian from the Netherlands for being the first to alpha test this for me.
This post has been edited by Squeeto: 26 April 2007 - 11:39 AM