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#1 Razor VinT

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 09:25 PM

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One feature we particularly enjoyed from Windows 98 on up was the ability to change the wallpaper of a folder as well as the text color of the icons in that folder. This would help make each folder easier to identify and would bring a personal touch to PC.

As Windows XP Home/Pro was released, many have realized that Microsoft had removed our ability to change wallpaper of our folders! Shortly after we realized the trouble on our machines, we got to work on a solution. We’ve found that Microsoft™ did not remove the ability to change the background and text color but instead hide the interface.

Now, it is somewhat simple for anyone to add wallpaper to a Windows XP folder.


1) Open notepad

2) Type in the text below
[{BE0981 40-A513-11D0-A3 A4-00C04FD706EC}]
IconArea_Image ="C:\your picture location.jpg"
IconArea_Text= 0x00FFFFFF

3) Save file as desktop.ini
Save as type : All Files

4) Copy the desktop.ini file you just created, and
paste into the folder you want the background to
be change

5) Go to START --> RUN..

6) Type Attrib s "C:\Location of your folder"
Click OK

7) Open your folder and the picture should be set by now.


'IconArea_Image' is for you to key in the location of your picture. Let say if your picture is located at 'My Documents' with the file name 'abc.jpg', your location will look like this
"C:\Documents and Settings\user\My Documents\abc.jpg"

'IconArea_Text' is to set the color of your text, if you have a dark background it is recommended you set the text color to WHITE with is 0x00FFFFFF.
If you have a white background, you can set the folder text color to BLACK which is 0x00000000

Folder text color can be set to any color depends on which color you like, example:
PINK - 0x00FF99FF
PURPLE - 0x00FF99FF
RED - 0x00FF0000
and more

Recommended picture size is at 815 x 585 so that you will see a full picture and not Tile.
You can resize or cut your picture to the size 815 x 585 easily with 'Microsoft Photo Editor'


Video Tutorial 1
Video Tutorial 2

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If you can't set a folder background wallpaper manually then download Windowspaper XP.
With Windowspaper XP, you can put wallpaper in the back of any window—just like your desktop.
:download: Windowspaper XP

#2 Culprit

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:46 AM

thanks the utility worked great thanks a bunch :D

#3 LiLLTOtech

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 04:11 AM

Windowspaper XP is cool, thanks :)

#4 WhistAler

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 01:14 AM

Now that's pretty interesting. I'll give it a try :D

#5 butch123

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 01:33 AM

Very nice thank you...

#6 FalseAgent

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 02:52 PM

i've seen another app on winmatrix which does the same thing...hmm...

#7 Jatin

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:46 AM

i've seen another app on winmatrix which does the same thing...hmm...

Customize Folder by Solo ;)

#8 The Silent Warrior

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 05:49 PM

Thanks for the cool trick dude.

#9 M.Sudoku

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 07:58 PM

Wow, my explorer looks beautiful now! :D

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