In Windows (10), where are the explorer folder icon settings located?

jochemstoel profile image Jochem Stoel ・1 min read

Hi. Some of my folders have a custom .ico file as their thumbnail. (right click, properties, customize)

Where exactly are these settings located? Are they in the registry?

When I rename a folder, I have to set the icon again so I guess the full path is stored somewhere.


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They are stored in a hidden desktop.ini file stored inside the folder you changed the icon of.


Thanks man. Can you happen to elaborate on the other values stored in desktop.ini?


It's mostly just a hidden config file for folder on Windows. Some of the values stored are the location of the DLL or EXE that stores the icon, as well as the index the icon is located in inside the file.

Yes, duh. I mean do you know what each of these values is for?


I don't get that behaviour, the icon stays... :D