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How to get Windows 10 Style Folder icons in Windows 8 and Windows 7

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How to get Windows 10 Style Folder icons in Windows 8 and Windows 7

With Windows 10, the latest version of Windows which is coming up in 2015, there are lots of changes which Microsoft has done with respect to Windows 8.1. The Windows 10 Developer preview is right now available for download and you can see Microsoft is continuously improving on features and fine tuning the options in Windows 8.1 based on user feedback.

Windows 10 will have an option to switch between Windows 8.1 style start screen or Windows 7 style start menu. Another change in Windows 10 is the folder icon which has gone in for a change which now looks modern and better than the previous one. So in case you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, you can get this new folder icons on your PC. Here is how to get it.

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Winaero has come up with a registry hack which will bring the Windows 10 style folder icons to Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. This is a ready-to-use Registry files, which you can import into your OS to easily switch to the new Windows 10 folder icons. Follow these steps:

  1. Download the ZIP archive from HERE.
  2. Extract the icons folder to your C: drive so the path you get is C:\Icons.
  3. Double click the C:\Icons\INSTALL.REG file to apply the new icons to all folders.
  4. Close all Explorer windows and restart Explorer. Alternatively, instead of restarting Explorer.exe, you can log off and log back in to your Windows user account.

Now you will see the new Windows 10 style icons on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Vista and XP.


To uninstall the folder icons, first double click the C:\icons\UNINSTALL.REG file and restart the Explorer shell. Thereafter, you can safely delete the C:\Icons folder.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .



  1. Basanta

    December 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Not Working in Xp sp3

    • Nirmal

      December 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Thats strange, the developer says its compatible with Windows XP as well.

      • Sergey Tkachenko

        December 31, 2014 at 3:11 am

        It really works
        Nirmal, thanks for sharing my tip
        Basanta, you might need to reset icons cache. Kill explorer and delete this file C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\IconCache.db

  2. soham

    December 17, 2015 at 4:23 pm


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