Windows 7 How-To-Change Hard Drive Icons Windows 7 & Vista

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    This guide contains Registry changes,
    Do so at your own risk and
    back up the registry before making any changes.

    First thing to do is make a new folder for your icons in a place of your choosing and name it "HardDriveIcons".
    Next, collect your icons and place them in the "HardDriveIcons" folder.
    Note; All icons should be 256x256 in size w/ .ico extension.

    Now, open "Regedit" and navigate to; HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes
    Expand "Classes" and scroll down to "Applications" (if that key does not exist, create it by right clicking on "Classes", then "New", then "Key", name it, then hit Enter)
    Under "Applications" expand "Explorer.exe", then "Drives" (if neither of those sub-keys exist, create "Explorer.exe" by right clicking "Applications", then "New", then "Key", name it, then hit Enter, create "Drives" by right clicking "Explorer.exe", then "New", then "Key", name it, then hit Enter)
    Now, under "Drives" create new keys for each drive using the drive letter as the name, then under each drive, create a new sub-key and name it "DefaultIcon"
    When finished it should look like this;
    vz7l3o. 2rr3xy1.

    Now, to change the icons;
    Click on "DefaultIcon" and in the right pane, right click on (Default), then click on "Modify", then in the "Value Data" box, enter the location of your hard drive icons,
    ie: J:/HardDriveIcons/cobalt.ico.
    Do this for each drive icon you wish to change and that's it, your done.
    Close the Editor.

    Before: Standard Windows Drive Icons:

    After: Custom Hard Drive Icons;

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