How to Change Drive Icons in Windows 11/10?

How do I change Drive Icons in Windows 11/10? We all love to customize the Windows look; that is why so many free and paid applications are available over the internet. A lot of Folder Icon Color Changer software for Windows 11/10 is available, but a few free tools are available to change drive icons on Windows 10 PC.

If you don’t like the default drive icon of Windows and want to change the icon, it is possible to customize it without a third-party tool. However, in this gearupwindows article, we will share both the methods to change the drive letter icon of drive: manually as well as through third-party software.

How do I Change Drive Icons in Windows 11/10 without Software?

If you don’t like to use a third-party application to change drive icons on Windows 11/10, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Copy and paste the icon file (.ico) in the root of the drive for that you want to change the drive icon. Rename the icon file as Drive.ico.

For example, if you would like to change the “C” drive icon, copy and paste the icon to C:.

Step 2. Now, open a Notepad file in the root of the same drive [“C” drive] and then in the notepad file, copy and paste the following code:-


Step 3. Now, click the File menu on the Notepad and then select the “Save as” option.

Step 4. In the dialog box that opens, next to the File name box, type Autorun.inf. From the “Save as type” drop-down menu, select the “All Files” option. Finally, click on the Save button.

Now, it should look like the below screenshot:-

Step 5. Now reboot your PC to see the new icon for your drive.

If you want to set the new icon for all drives which are available under File Explorer, you need to repeat the above steps for all drives. In the future, if you change your mind and want to restore the original icons, delete the autorun.inf file which you have created and then restart your computer.

Once you complete the above steps, you should assign a new icon for your drive or restore it to default.

How do I Change Drive Icons in Windows 11/10 using Drive Icon Changer?

Drive Icon Changer is a tiny utility specially designed for Windows operating systems that easily change the File Explorer drive icons. Apart from the changing, this freeware also comes with a bunch of cool drive icons.

Step 1. Download the portable Drive Icon Changer software.

Step 2 Extract the ZIP file using any archiver tool.

Step 3. Now, right-click on Drive Icon Changer and select Run as administrator option. If the User Account Control dialog opens, click the Yes button to continue.

Step 4. Now, in the Drive Icon Changer application that opens, select your drive for which you want to change the icon and then select the icon (.ico) file. Finally, click the Save button.

Step 5. Restart your computer to see the new icon of your drive.

If you still notice an old icon for drives after doing the above steps, you need to rebuild the icon cache.

Above all mentioned methods have been tested on Windows 11/10; however, the same procedure will work for Windows 8.1/8 and Windows 7 operating systems.

Download Drive Icon Changer

You can download the latest version of Drive Icon Changer from here.

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