Download collection of icons from the Internet or create them yourself. Most importantly, make sure the iconsyou want to change the default icons have the extension .ico. If your image has a format .png, use special tools designed to convert one format to another. Remember the directory where you saved the icons.
Most of the icons on the desktop shortcuts. To set the icon for the shortcut, move the cursor to the folder or file whose icon you want to change. Click on the file, right-click and select menu item "Properties". In the dialog that appears, navigate to the Shortcut tab and click Change icon button at the bottom of the window. In the additional window "Change icon", click "Browse" and specify the path to the icon. When the icon is selected, you will see its thumbnail. Click OK to confirm the selection. In the Properties window: [name of your file or folder]", click "Apply" and close the properties window.
To set a new icon for a folder on the desktop, call the properties window of this folder as described in the second step. Since this is not the shortcut tab of the same name in the properties will not. Click on the "customize" tab, under "folder Icons" located at the bottom of the window, click on the "Change icon". In the displayed additional window, select new icon from the suggested thumbnails, or specify the path to the user file. Confirm your choice, click "Apply" in the properties window, close the window.
Icons for items such as My computer, My documents, Network neighborhood and recycle Bin, using the folder properties cannot be changed. Click the right mouse button to any place on the working table, in the drop-down menu, select "Properties". In the window "display Properties" click the tab "desktop" and click "configure desktop table". Select the element icon you want to edit, and click on the "Change icon". Specify the path to the user file, confirm the selection, click "Apply" and close the properties window.