Change File Type Icon in Vista

I recent­ly installed E‑TextEditor and made it my default pro­gram for open­ing var­i­ous, devel­op­ment-relat­ed file types (i.e. .php, .py, .txt, etc.). With build 1.0.24, it seems that if you make it the Default Pro­gram for text files (.txt exten­sion), the icon asso­ci­at­ed with the type seems to be miss­ing.

Here’s a quick solu­tion that I found through search results, to cor­rect the blun­der (till E‑TextEditor gets that process fixed). Note: be sure to back­up your reg­istry before doing any changes as a pre­cau­tion; or even have some­one who knows what they are doing do it for you if you are unfa­mil­iar with the process.

  1. Click on START, or hit the WIN­DOWS-key
  2. Type in the fol­low­ing where it says “Start Search”:
  3. Go through these fold­ers:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > txtfile > DefaultIcon
  4. Then replace



You should now have your text files dis­play a decent, look­ing icon (i.e. the default Notepad.exe one).

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If you aren’t sub­scribed to any Apple/­Mac-relat­ed newslet­ters, here’s a cou­ple of aster­isks to add to Apple’s his­to­ry and/or time­line (dur­ing this WWDC 2007 next door, from Macworld newsletter):