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Change the drive icon in Windows Explorer

Windows 10 and 11

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2 parts

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about 6 minutes

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intermediate competency

Change the drive icon that is shown in the file browser in Windows. This is especially useful for removable storage devices (like a USB flash drive) that are dedicated to something like a brand or a certain file type.

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Keep in mind: For this support article, you'll only need to complete one section. It is not necessary to do both if one works the first time.

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This section: Part A

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Read before proceeding...

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Save all your work and close all your apps and programs. Your PC will need to restart soon for this process.

NOTES

Make sure you have an icon image .ico file ready to use for your drive icon. If you don't have the icon you'd like to use in an .ico format, most free conversion tools online work just fine.  We use online-convert.com.

Note that this process will not work with an internal drive that is being used the Operating System
(OS), such as the C: drive. Only use this process with external and removable drives.

one:

Move or copy the .ico file to the main (root) folder of the drive you're changing the icon for. Name the icon file verbatim: "drive".

two:

In the top-left corner click New +, and then select Text Document. Leave the name as default for now, and first open the new text document file. Type the following verbatim into the document:

COPY THIS

[autorun]

ICON=drive.ico

Into the newly created text document window.

Tip: Click and drag with your cursor to select the text, then use Ctrl + C to copy, click the other window, and finally, use Ctrl + V to paste.

three:

In the newly opened window, locate System Type under the Item column. (See screenshot below)

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Is your System Type showing "x64-based PC"?

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If you don't see x64-based PC, your PC will not be compatible with a 64-bit Virtual machine.

 

Try these options instead:

  • Borrowing a PC from a family member or a friend.

  • ​If you have a desktop PC, upgrading any applicable hardware to one that's 64-bit compatible.

  • ​Continue with the guide anyways to see if something else might work.

 

This section: Part B

Virtualization is what will allow you to run a Guest OS inside a Host OS (Virtual Machine). It's usually supported, but can often be turned off by the manufacturer for security purposes. We will need to verify that it's on for the VM to work properly.

one:

Right-click on the Start icon and click Task Manager.

two:

In the Run box, type msinfo32, then click OK.

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three:

In the newly opened window, locate System Type under the Item column. (See screenshot below)

prelim_sysinfo-system-type.jpg

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Is your System Type showing "x64-based PC"?

or

If you don't see x64-based PC...

If you don't see x64-based PC, your PC will not be compatible with a 64-bit Virtual machine.

 

Try these options instead:

  • Borrowing a PC from a family member or a friend.

  • ​If you have a desktop PC, upgrading any applicable hardware to one that's 64-bit compatible.

  • ​Continue with the guide anyways to see if something else might work.

If you want to proceed, you can continue to the next step from here.

Still need assistance?

When reaching out, provide the context "SRC 205 and 206" for the quickest support experience.

Or, email support at: support@knatech.org

 

Support Reference Code (SRC): 205, 206

Content created on 7/2/2021 and finalized with mobile support by 7/8/2021. Performed with host OS Windows 11 Pro (Version: Dev, Build 21996.1). Procedure verification tests passed successfully.