How to make windows 10 look like windows 7

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Microsoft changed the mặc định thư mục inhỏ in Windows 10 to a flat, closed folder. If you prefer the open thư mục icon from Windows 7, you can make that the default folder ibé in Windows 10 with a registry tweak.

You can, of course, change any folder’s icon by right-clicking on it, but if you want to change all the folders at once, you’ll need to dig inkhổng lồ the registry.

How khổng lồ Change the Folder Icons to Windows 7-Style Icons Using the Registry Editor

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hachồng & as long as you stiông chồng lớn the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve sầu never worked with it before, consider reading about how to lớn use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely bachồng up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

To start, download the Windows 7 thư mục inhỏ tệp tin. Extract the Folder.ico tệp tin from the .zip file & place it in a thư mục somewhere on your hard drive. It doesn’t matter where, but you’ll need lớn leave sầu the .ico tệp tin in its place for good, so don’t put it somewhere temporary like your desktop. You can change the name of the thư mục ibé tệp tin, but vị not change the .iteo extension.

Then, open the Registry Editor by clicking on Start and typing regedit. Press Enter lớn open Registry Editor, or cliông chồng on “regedit” under Best match.


Give the Registry Editor permission khổng lồ make changes lớn your PC.

NOTE: You may not see this dialog box, depending on your User Account Control settings.

In the tree structure on the left, navigate lớn the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerRight-clichồng on the Explorer key và select “New > Key” from the popup thực đơn.

Type Shell Icons as the name of the new key & press Enter.

Right-cliông xã in the empty space on the right and select “New > String Value” from the popup thực đơn.


Type 3 as the name of the string value and press Enter.

Now, you’ll need the path lớn the Folder.ico tệp tin. To get that, press Shift as you right-cliông xã on the tệp tin in File Explorer, and select “Copy as path” from the popup thực đơn.

Go back khổng lồ the Registry Editor và double-cliông chồng on the new 3 string value you created. Paste the path you just copied inlớn the “Value data” box and cliông xã “OK”. The quotes are included when you paste the path & are required if there are spaces in your path. Even if there are no spaces in your path, the quotes will still work, so it’s best to lớn include them.

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Create a new string value just lượt thích you did with the 3 string value, but name it 4. Double-click on the 4 string value và enter the same path to lớn the Folder.iteo file as the Value data.

Cthảm bại the Registry Editor by selecting “Exit” from the “File” menu.

When you’re finished, you must restart explorer.exe for the changes khổng lồ take effect.

How to lớn Fix the Icons if They Don’t Change

If the thư mục icons don’t change after restarting explorer.exe, there are a couple of things you could bởi to lớn fix the problem.


First, try restarting your computer–in theory, you shouldn’t have sầu to lớn vày this, but I’ve seen one or two situations in which restarting fixed an icon problem when restarting explorer.exe did not.

If that doesn’t help, you can turn on the setting to always show icons và never show thumbnails. To vì chưng this, open File Explorer and cliông xã on the “View” tab.

Click the “Options” button on the View tab.

On the Folder Options dialog box, cliông chồng the “View” tab & kiểm tra the “Always show icons, never thumbnails” box under Advanced settings. Click “OK”.

You can also try rebuilding the icon cache to refresh them. To vị this, download a free tool called Rebuild Ibé Cache and extract the “Rebuild Inhỏ Cache.exe” file. You bởi vì not need to lớn install the program. Simply double-cliông chồng on the file khổng lồ open the program. On the window that displays, cliông xã the “Rebuilds the Ibé Cache” button on the left side. The current ibé cabít database is backed up & then rebuilt & explorer.exe is restarted automatically.

How khổng lồ Revert Back to the Default Windows 10 Folder Icon

If you decide khổng lồ go back khổng lồ the default Windows 10 folder ibé, you can delete the Shell Icons key you created. xuất hiện the Registry Editor again & navigate lớn the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Icons
Right-cliông chồng on the Shell Icons key and select “Delete” from the popup thực đơn.

Click “Yes” on the Confirm Key Delete dialog box.

Download Our One-Cliông xã Registry Hacks

If you don’t feel lượt thích diving inkhổng lồ the Registry yourself, we’ve sầu created some downloadable registry hacks you can use. There is a haông chồng khổng lồ change khổng lồ the Windows 7 thư mục icon và one khổng lồ go baông xã to the mặc định Windows 10 thư mục inhỏ. Both hacks are included in the following ZIP file. To switch khổng lồ the Windows 7 thư mục icon, double-click the “Change khổng lồ the Windows 7 Folder Icon.reg” tệp tin và cliông chồng through the prompts. To revert lớn the mặc định Windows 10 thư mục ibé, double-cliông xã the “Change back lớn the Windows 10 Folder Ibé.reg” tệp tin. Remember, once you’ve applied the hack you want, log out of your tài khoản & log baông xã in or exit & then restart explorer.exe for the change take effect.

Change Default Folder Icon in Windows 10

These hacks are really just the applicable key & values we talked about in this article exported to .REG tệp tin that add the key and the value or remove sầu them. Running the “Change to the Windows 7 Folder Inhỏ.reg” hack creates the “Shell Icons” key & adds the “3” và “4” string values. However, you need to change the path to match the path to lớn the Folder.ico tệp tin on your computer. Replace the part of the path highlighted on the image below with your path, including the name of the .iteo file, if you changed it. Make sure you use two backslashes between the parts of the path, as shown below và leave sầu the parts of the path not highlighted on the image below as is.

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If you enjoy fiddling with the Registry, it’s worth taking the time to lớn learn how khổng lồ make your own Registry hacks.

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