How do I change the icon for a program?

I have a program on my Desktop and I’d like to change the icon for it. How do I do this?

There are a couple of ways you can do this, but there’s a way that has no cost and is available to anyone. I’m not one who likes to try different methods like some girls like to try on bridesmaid dresses, so if I were you, I’d just stick with this one.

The icons are held in a file called SHELL32.dll, which is located in a special folder called System32 inside the Windows folder. Right-click on the shortcut whose icon you want to change and click on Properties. Click on Change Icon. Click on the Browse button and then on the My Computer button on the left.

Double-click on Local Disk (C:), WINDOWS, system32 and then shell32.dll. The default Windows icons will appear in the Change Icon window. Pick one and click on OK. The files in System32 are very important so be careful to only access them this way.

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