Microsoft is preparing to release an update for Windows 10 where we will get to see a fresh set of icons for all the default apps. And even the folders are set to have a new look. Microsoft has not updated the look and feel of the UI in quite a while (with respect to icons and folders) and this is quite a big update in that front.
Microsoft is currently testing the updated UI in the insider preview and it might take some time for all of us to get that sweet update. But if you are like me and can’t wait for the official update to arrive, here’s how you can get it right now on your machine.
Please note that Windows 10 icons are available for Mac as well. Click here to go to Windows 10 icons for Mac section directly.
Windows 10 Icons
The new Windows 10 icons are available for use in a variety of formats depending on how you want to set them up.
Here are the choices:
- You can download the Windows 10 Icons ZIP file which has all the new icons in the .ICO format. You can use these icons to manually change the icons in Windows 10.
- You can use the automated installer versions such as 7TSP or iPack format. This way you can this theme with 1 click. I recommend this method for easier setup.
- Windows 10 icons are also available in .PNG and .ICNS formats. You can use the .PNG icons in Windows and .ICNS icons in Mac.
Windows 10 Icons for 7TSP GUI
You need to have the 7TSP GUI tool on your Windows 10 Machine in order to install this theme. Here’s a whole while on that: 7TSP GUI: How to Change Windows 10 Icons Effortlessly.
Please note that this version is only compatible with Windows 10 1903 and higher.
But if here’s a quick tutorial on how to do it:
- Download the Windows 10 7TSP GUI Theme from here: Windows-10-Icons-7TSP.zip. Extract this on your device to get the actual theme files.
- Download, extract and run the 7TSP GUI tool from here: 7TSP-GUI-v0_6.zip
- Click on the Add a Custom Pack option.
- From the popup windows, select the theme files you downloaded.
- Click on the Start Patching button at the bottom and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Reboot your system once the installation is completed.
There are multiple versions in the extracted folder. Which one to use?
There are 6 versions in the zip file and you can any you want to. The ‘7TSP Windows 10 New (default).7z’ is the one that has the default folder colors. Others have the folder color mentioned in the file name. There is no other difference.
The installation is stuck and Windows Explorer is gone. Help me!
Don’t panick. This might happen in some scenarios. Follow the below steps:
- Press CTRL + ALT + DEL and open Windows Task Manager.
- In the task manager, click on File > New Task.
- Enter ‘explorer.exe’ in the popup dialog and hit ENTER.
- You should be good.
No need to interrupt the installation as well. It will complete automatically.
Windows 10 Icons iPack theme
iPack is another popular and easy way to install custom icons in Windows machines. Unlike 7TSP GUI, you don’t need a separate installer to install the custom themes.
All you need is download and install the icon pack theme just like any other Windows application. You can download the Windows 10 iPack Icon Theme here:
How to install?
- Download and extract the zip file.
- Double click on the ‘Windows 10 Insider.exe‘ and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Reboot your machine once the installation completes.
Windows 10 Icons ZIP file (.ico format)
You can download the below file which constrains all the icons in .ICO format which is compatible with Windows 10.
Please note that this format is only supported by Windows OS.
Windows 10 Icons ZIP file (.png format)
.png is a popular file format and is also natively supported by Windows 10 out of the box. If you fancy using .PNG icons over .ICO icons, you can grab the below file.
Windows 10 Icons for Mac (.icns format)
.icns format is specifically built for and supported only by Mac computers. The icons in Mac are officially stored in .icns format and you can use the below zip file to get all the new Windows 10 icons in .icns format.
How change icons in MacOS?
Glad you asked. Here’s our nifty little guide for the same: How to change app icons in macOS Big Sur