Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 come with icons that were introduced with Vista. Windows 10 ships with a new set of icons. You can find new icons in the system tray, Windows Explorer or File Explorer, Start, and almost every area of Windows 10.
The problem with these new icons in Windows 10 is that they are flat and don’t look as polished as icons in the previous Windows versions. Microsoft will likely introduce better-looking icons in coming builds or at least in the RTM build as users who have been testing Windows 10 are sending feedback on these new set of icons. That said, many users believe that most of the icons that are present in currently available builds will be retained in the final build as well.
The good thing about Windows is that there are plenty of icon packs as well as software available to replace default icons with custom icons. But since icon packs are not that easy to uninstall, most users prefer manually changing icons or using third-party software such as CustomizerGod to replace default icons with custom ones.
We have already talked about a way to get Windows 7-style folder icons in Windows 10 without installing icon pack installer or software. In this guide, we will show how you can replace all icons in Windows 10 with Windows 7 icons.
Get Windows 7/8 icons in Windows 10
Demian, a member at MDL Forums, has released a handy tool named Icon Changer to replace default Windows 10 icons with Windows 7/8 icons with ease. You need to run the software with admin rights to begin replacing icons.
The software replaces almost all icons except the icons in the Save as and Open dialog boxes.
Install Windows 7 icons in Windows 10
Step 1: The first step is to create a manual restore point so that you can quickly revert to original system icons with ease.
Step 2: After creating the restore point or system image backup, visit this page to download the RAR file containing script and icons.
Step 3: Extract the contents of the RAR file, right-click on the Icon Changer and then click Run as administrator option. Finally, click the patch button to begin replacing icons.
Once done, you’ll see Resources changed message. Close Icon Changer and reboot your PC to see Windows 7/8 icons in Windows 10. And if you see no change, please clear the icon cache using Rebuild Icon Cache software.