For Windows 10, Microsoft has modified the default folder icon to a square, closed tab. If you choose Windows 7’s open folder icon, you can make that Windows 10’s default folder icon with a registry tweak. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to get old folder icons from Windows 7 in Windows 10.

Get old folder icons from Windows 7 in Windows 10

To get old folder icons from Windows 7 in Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search bar and choose the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type Regedit in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As soon as you click the OK button, the Registry Editor Screen will appear like this.

Now navigate through the following path in the Registry Editor screen.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

The following screen will appear.

Now right click the Explorer option and choose New -> Key option as highlighted in the above image. Rename the newly created key as Shell Icons as the following image is showing.

Right click on the Shell Icons. Then choose the New -> String Value option as the following image is showing.

Now rename the newly created string value as 3 as the following image is showing.

Now double click on the new string 3 and the following dialogue box will appear.

Now paste the path of the icon folder in the Value data textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now close the Registry Editor screen.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to get old folder icons from Windows 7 in Windows 10.

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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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