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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

How to Change Icon of .EXE Files



Let’s face it: some applications just have really ugly icons. We can do something about that and change the ugly icons into something more pleasing and amp up your geek skills at the same time. Here’s how.
Editor’s Note: You should make sure to backup the application .exe file before you modify the icon, just in case.

Changing the Icon for an Application

1) Download and Install a free copy of Resource Hacker into your computer. 
2) Right click on Icon, If you have a Shortcut Icon on the Desktop then select "Open File Location" option.
3) Right click on the Icon that you want to change and Select "Open using Resource Hacker" and a window will open like below.



4) Click on the Action menu and click on the Replace Icon link.


5) When the dialog pops-up click on the button to locate a new icon, this can either be a *.exe, *.dll, *.res or *.ico file.


6) Once you have selected your icon, hit the replace button in the bottom right hand corner. Now select the File menu, and save the file.


And now its Done! Check out your Icon now.

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7 comments:

John said...

When I'm trying to save, it says -
cannot rename original file, saving canceled.
Do I have to name the new file just like the old, for it to work?
The old is an .exe file while the new is .ico
If I rename the new to .exe it probably won't work.
Any advice?

Simran Singh said...

save it as new file... or first end process the explorer.exe from here http://hack-kinng.blogspot.com/2011/06/remove-virus-from-usb-without-software.html

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