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Filename for My Computer

Discussion in 'Software' started by noelg24, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. noelg24

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    Does anyone know what the actual filename is for My Computer? I need to know cos I want to create a shortcut for my new look desktop...only problem is I cant seem to find out where it is or what its called...your help is greatly appreciated as usual people...:D
     
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  2. ffreeloader

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    Are you talking about the file browser or the icon? If you mean the file browser that you access by right clicking the My Computer Icon and choosing Explore from the pop menu, the executable is explorer.exe.
     
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  5. noelg24

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    snoopy mate I aint a developer...haha wish I was...ffreeloader yeah I mean the icon...I found the explorer one but its only for like Windows Explorer...but thanks so far guys...tomshawk..thanks for the links...will have a butchers...cheers folks...:D
     
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  6. nugget
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    What do you actually want to do with it noelg? Are you trying to change the default icon for My Computer? If so there is a registry setting that tells the system which icon to use. I cant remember it offhand but I can find it if that's what you're looking for. That's what all these skinning programs hook into when they change all the default icons.
     
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  7. noelg24

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    well something like that yeah nugget...basically i have downloaded a nice looking icon and want to use it for My Computer and place it on my desktop to give it a nice snazzy look...only I have no idea where the original one is placed and what its called...
     
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  8. nugget
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    Okay have a look at this place here Winguides

    If you look half way down you'll see the key for My Computer. Search the registry for this CLSID, there are 2 of them and in the subkeys you'll see the key for the default icon. I think this is the one you change. One tip though, either back up your registry or at least export the registry key to import later if it goes all pear shaped.


    The 2 keys are
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}]
     
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  9. noelg24

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    cheers mate will give it a bash 2nite...:D
     
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  10. nugget
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    Check this out mate. This is the simple way to do it. Look here.
     
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  11. Phoenix
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    As far as I am aware you dont need to goto such extremes for the desktop icon, just goto Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customise Desktop

    you can change the icon right there!
     
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  12. noelg24

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    a ha...thanks Phoenix...that may well be the answer...I was killing meself last nite going thru the registry which didnt help much...but will give this a try 2nite...hope this does the trick...cos when I made a new icon for My Computer it actually took over the Windows Explorer icon instead...so hopefully this will do the trick...my god it can be painful stuff doing this...
     
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  13. nugget
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    Yes Pheonix, this will also work. It modifies this key
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon]
    which just happens to have the same CLSID as the ones I use. I just used the other keys because I've written some vb scripts to do the work for me.

    Noelg, you don't have to go trawling through the registry to find the key. All you have to do is use the find function or navigate down the tree.
     
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  14. noelg24

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    yikes its all confusing...need to sit down and chill for abit...but the info will help guys...thanks...:D
     
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  15. JonnyMX

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    Does right-click > 'properties' > 'change icon' not work for my computer?
     
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    if it did I would be very happy but when u do that on My Computer all you get is System Properties...no mention of changing icon at all...
     
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  17. nugget
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    Yes it does but I just 'forgot' about it.:oops:

    I am so used to hacking the registry, especially when I need to use the keys to make some changes that I use on all my machines that I pointed out the registry keys. I tend to use the keys in vb scripts so I don't have to do the same things over and over again.
     
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  18. nugget
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    As Phoenix pointed out you have to do it on the desktop. Then choose properties>Desktop>Customise Desktop click on the my computer icon and then click on change icon. Then you navigate to where you have the icon you want to replace it with.
     
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  19. noelg24

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    right I thought Johnny was talking about right clicking the MY Computer icon itself...but I know what he means now by right clicking on the desktop itself...no probs...
     
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  20. JonnyMX

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    I was. You can change any desktop icon easily by right-clicking on it, selecting properties, the clicking the 'change icon' button. The right click on the empty desktop is just a shortcut to your display settings. The good thing about that is that you can change all your 'basic' desktop icons from the same screen. It's the same as going into control panel>display settings.
     
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