How to Change Icon for Libraries in Windows 7

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In Windows 7 MS has introduced a new concept of libraries which makes managing music, pictures and documents a breeze for a typical windows user.Now with the help of this tutorial you can change the default icons of your libraries.In this tutorial we will change the icon of Documents Library.The default icon of Document library is(see screenshot below) :


We are going to change this icon to a new icon(see screenshot below):


Before you proceed please make sure that you have Show hidden files, folders, and drives option enabled in Folder Options. Now follow these steps to change a library icon:

  • Open windows explorer and go to

C:\Users\(your User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

  • Here you will see the 4 default libraries.Now right-click on the Documents library and open it with Notepad.(Libraries are normal .xml files so you can edit them using Notepad)
  • In notepad, look for this line

<iconReference>path of default icon</iconReference>

  • You just have to change the path of default icon to the path of your new icon.In this case our new icon is placed at C:\ and it’s filename is document.ico.So in our case that line will look like this


(see screenshot below)


  • Now save the file and close notepad.The icon of Documents Library will now be changed.In the same way you can also change the icons of other Libraries that you may have.

The idea of this tutorial belongs to Bogo.

First look at Microsoft IE 8 RC1 and Download Link

First Look – Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week. This new version is marked as “Release Candidate 1” and is expected to be the final IE8 pre-release update Microsoft intends to make available to the public sometime in the first quarter of 2009. TG Daily was able to take the browser for a first spin: We noticed that Microsoft made significant progress in some areas, but is standing still others. RC1, which is believed to be the first feature-complete version of the browser, will not match the JavaScript performance of all other major browsers.


The first update to Microsoft’s browser since IE 8 beta 2 was released to select Microsoft partners for testing last Wednesday. The company indicated in recent blog posts that it was delaying the browser for some time and that it may have a good reason to do so. A final public and feature-complete pre-release would become available in Q1 2009 and, of course, we were curious what may have canceled a 2008 release of the browser.

Will Microsoft shelve the browser engine? Will Microsoft follow through with its promise to make its browser much more compliant with web standards than previous versions were? We were lucky enough to get an early look at this final pre-release and now have a good idea how IE8 will look like. But, since this software is a partner release, it is more than likely that Microsoft will make one or the other change based on feedback until a public RC1 will surface. However, significant changes are rather unlikely.

Let’s cut to the chase right away…….read more @ source

Download Link:

Download Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows Vista 32-bit
Download Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows Vista 64-bit
Download Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows 2003 and XP 32-bit
Download Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 for Windows 2003 and XP 64-bit
Download Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 Readme file

How to Add Delete Folder Contents to Right Click Context Menu in Windows Vista / Windows 7

With the help of this tutorial you can add the option Delete Folder Contents to the right-click context menu which appears when you right-click a folder.This would come handy at times when you want to delete all the files inside a folder and all it’s sub-folders without deleting the folders themselves.


Here’s how you can do this:

  • Click on Start button, type regedit in the search box and hit enter.
  • In Regedit, go to: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
  • Right-click on shell, create a new Key and name it Delete Folder Contents

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  • Again right-click on Delete Folder Contents, create a new Key and name it command


  • In the right pane, double-click on (Default) string value and type

       cmd /c "cd /d %1 && del  /s /q *.* in the value data field  and hit OK


  • Close Registry Editor and your done.

Turn on Sidebar with UAC disabled in Windows 7

If you have Windows 7 Beta installed with UAC disabled you might run into problems while trying to load gadgets onto your desktop.You can enable the UAC in order to use Sidebar.But if you don't wanna turn on that nagging UAC and still love those tiny useful gadgets you can bring them aboard by following these steps:

  • Click on Start button, type regedit in the search box and hit enter.
  • In regedit, go to :
  • In the right pane,right-click and select DWORD(32-bit) Value from the New menu.
  • Rename the DWORD Value to AllowElevatedProcess. Double-click on it and type 1 in the Value data field.

  • Close Registry Editor and try to load the gadgets.They should work.

Thanks Chris for finding the registry

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview in Windows 7

Posted on Jan 16, 2009
Follow the steps given below to disable the Thumbnail Previews: 

1. Click on start and type on search bar gpedit.msc and press enter
2. Now navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar in left pan of Group Policy Editor

3. Locate “Turn off Taskbar Thumbnails” in right pan of Group policy editor and double click on it.
4. Select Disable, click Apply and Press ok
5. Now check your Taskbar, it shouldn’t show Thumbnails Preview .
In order to Enable the Taskbar Thumbnail Previews again,  select Enable in step 4.
Please Note: Taskbar Thumbnail Preview only works when you haveEnabled Aero in Windows 7.