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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Editing Desktop.ini I - Making Folder Background Picture in WinXP

Hello all, long time no write ^^.

I made episode article again, the first episode will help u making your folder have an image in the background. We will edit "desktop.ini" file which should appear after we customized the folder.

Follow the instruction :
1. Change your "folder setting" to "show all hidden files and folders". You can read past article to do it -> Viewing Super Hidden Files.

2. Go to inside the folder that u want to change the folder background image. Right-click, "customize this folder", "change icon", select any of these icon, OK, OK.
(This part is just to make windows make "desktop.ini" files. For some unknown reason, the system wouldn't apply our customization of "desktop.ini" if we made the files manually.)

3. Now, the "desktop.ini" files should appear, edit it with notepad.

4. Now add the following codes before/after the text inside "desktop.ini".


6. Refresh(F5). If nothing change, try to Reopen the folder.

FYI: The codes that I give should show you "crystal.jpg"(default winxp desktop background pics.
Now, to make more reflect to what you want. I mean the picture that you like.
You can edit the path at the last line into your path of your picture. Paste the path, right after "iconarea_image=".

FYI again: if it's removeable media, u can make the path relative not absolute, so it's more flexible.
If the pic are in the same folder with "desktop.ini", the path can be "\(pic filename)" without quote.

Final one, to restore the folder icon into the default icon, delete the following codes inside the "desktop.ini":

Sorry, the "br" html code is return ^^;

Next episode, I will tell you about the icon text color.



Anonymous said...

Its not working....

mickeel said...


Did you followed all the steps?


Anonymous said...

how about if there's not the "customize this folder" option?
how can it be done?

mickeel said...

if there are no "customize this folder" option after right click inside folder A.

Move "UP" or hit "backspace" 1 time, so you can see folder A.
~Right-click that folder,
~click "properties"
~click "customize" tab
~click "change icon"
and continue just like what written inside the article. ^^

Anonymous said...

1st: paste in notepad den save as to desktop.ini and include the picture you want in the USB or DRIVES u want.

mickeel said...

Wow, very nice info.. ^^
Thanks for your info..
I appreciate it..

Just one thing that makes that way harder, which is we need to memorize the [{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}] code.. hhe ^^v

Anyway Nice..

™deagle™ said...

hi mickeel,
i want to know "BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC" what is this?
can you tell me?cz if i put it out, the pict won't show. thank's, it's the pleasure if u describe it with send me email @

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