Sometimes people wonder whether they can change the drive icons too just like the other icons in Windows 10. The answer to this question is a “yes” but it is surely not as simple as we change the other types of icons. Windows 10 does not provide a direct way of customizing the drive icons rather this task can be accomplished using the Registry Editor in Windows 10. This is a bit tricky yet useful method of changing the drive icons in Windows 10. Therefore, in this article, we will look at this method in detail.

Changing Drive Icons in Windows 10

In order to change the drive icons in Windows 10, you will need to perform the following steps:

Type regedit in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch a new registry editor window. The newly opened Registry Editor window is shown in the following image:

Start Windows Registry Editor

Click on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder as highlighted in the image shown above.

Now click on the Software folder located under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder as shown in the image below:

Open Software Folder

As soon as you will click on it, the Software folder will expand in order to show its sub-folders.

Open Microsoft Folder

Click on the Microsoft folder as highlighted in the image shown above.

Open Windows Folder

Then click on the Windows folder under the Microsoft folder.

Open Current Version

Now click on the CurrentVersion folder as highlighted in the image shown above.

Open the Explorer folder

Click on the Explorer folder under the CurrentVersion folder in order to expand it further.

DriveIcons Folder

Finally, click on the DriveIcons folder as highlighted in the image shown above.

So, the complete path is as follows:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ DriveIcons

It is also highlighted in the following image:

DriveIcons

Right click on the DriveIcons folder to launch a menu as shown in the image below:

Add new key

Select New from the cascading menu and then click on Key from the sub-cascading menu.

Rename the newly created key folder with the drive name whose icon you want to change. In this example, I want to change the icon of the D drive so I have renamed the newly created key folder as D. It is highlighted in the following image:

Set name to D

Now right click on the D drive folder in order to launch a cascading menu as shown in the image below:

Add new key

Select New from the cascading menu and then click on Key from the sub-cascading menu.

Rename this newly created key folder as DefaultIcon as highlighted in the following image:

DefaultIcon

Now double click on the Default key in the right pane of the window as shown in the image below:

Default key

As soon as you will click on it, the Edit String dialogue box will appear which is shown in the following image:

Edit string

In the text box corresponding to the Value Data field, you need to give the full path of the ICO file that you want as your new drive icon. ICO files are the image files that contain various icons. You can download any ICO file of your choice from the Internet and then give its complete path enclosed within quotation marks inside the Value Data text box. It is shown in the image below:

Set Drive Icon

Finally, click on the OK button in order to save your settings.

As soon as you will click on the OK button, the icon of the D drive will change as specified in your Value Data text box. It is highlighted in the following image:

Drive Icon Changed

If you do not like this new icon and want to restore the old drive icon, simply go the drive key folder that you had created in the Registry Editor. Right click on it to launch a cascading menu and then select Delete option from this menu. As soon as you will delete this folder, your previous drive icon will be restored as highlighted in the image shown below:

Restore old Icon

Conclusion

By following the method discussed in this article, you can customize the drive icons anytime you want in Windows 10. This method is very different from the regular method of changing the icons and is a bit complex as well. Whenever you are working with the Registry Editor, you need to be very careful because if you mess up at any step, then this may cause a problem in running your PC smoothly. However, if you will carefully follow all the steps given above, then you will successfully be able to change the drive icons in Windows 10.

How to Change Drive Icons in Windows 10
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