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FolderIco 2.0 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — FolderIco 2.0

FolderIco allows to change the icon of Windows folder in one click!
User rating: 494 (57%) 369 (43%) 60 comments

FolderIco 2.0 was available as a giveaway on March 12, 2014!

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Don't you know how to change standard yellow folder to a colourful and bright one? With FolderIco, give some color to Windows folders. With just a one click, colorize your folders, and discover a new intuitive way to classify your files. A quick look is now enough to identify the folder you are looking for!

FolderIco is a very light software, that doesn't stay in memory. It uses a native functionality of Windows to be more efficient. Discover its simplicity: with a single right-click on a folder you change it icon!

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Viista, 7, 8; 1000 MHz processor; 128 MB RAM





File Size:

9.06 MB



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I give up. Cannot get it to work. Instructions even contradict themselves: They say to install then to activate. But when you install, a window pops up telling you to logoff & restart to complete this without letting you activate. I tried it once with the logging off then going thru the whole process again to activate (didn't work) and I tried skipping around the logoff, clicking on activate, then going back to logoff & restart (still didn't work). Sounds so easy: install & activate, but I can't get that to happen. I'm a veteran of GOTD & have successfully activated several programs that were much more involved, but this one won't go!

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

29 - I don't think I understood this procedure properly because I cannot get the result you described. Could you please provide more details?

Reply   |   Comment by Craig  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This one goes to 11
and has "color"

Reply   |   Comment by LINCAR4000  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Got it last time - great program! I love the integration into Windows.

If anything I'd just ask the developers to add a color wheel color creator so that custom colors could be generated.

Reply   |   Comment by Amber  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Using Vista business 32bits OS.
Received installation error .dll file cannot set.
Retry, abort, ignore.

Reply   |   Comment by jugem  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

As per #25 installed it, but it does not appear anywhere.
I have Folder Marker Free 4.2 which works just fine.
What's wrong with FolderIco 2.0?

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#38 and others - Missing Customize tab. The Customize tab is only present in Properties if you access a file directly via the list that appears on the left hand pane of Windows Explorer. If you access it from a symbolic link such as via Libraries, the customize tab will not be present e.g. if you go to "My Documents" using the Library list in the Folder Pane there will be no Customize tab.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

One of the easier Giveaways and useful.
1. Proceed to download page
2. Click ‘Download FolderIco 2.0 now’
3. Save
4. Open folder
5. Open ‘read me’
6. Click on set up
7. Go back to read me
8. Click on ‘activate’
9. You may uncheck any other boxes if they ask you to.

10. Then go to any folder on your desktop (or any folder)

11. Right click the folder and about half way down, it will say ‘change icon’. Follow the arrows and you can change colors or whatever other icons they have.

Are there any other Icon giveaways that people know about.

Reply   |   Comment by Kelty  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I used the paid version of "FolderIco" many years ago comparing it to another folder icon changing software. I do remember using it, but it didn't stay on my computer long because the software I compared it to was much better.

For many years I used a program titled "Rainbow Folders". It's a very simple program that will change the color of any folder. It's still available here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancements/Rainbow-Folders.shtml, but the developers site is no longer up and running, at least for "Rainbow Folders".

But, years ago after finding out that I could change the icon of a folder through the "properties" of the folder, as has been mentioned above more than once, I began a search for software that would change the icon of a folder. That's when I tried "Shedko Folerico" -Free- (see Post #1, among others) and the "FolderIco" offered here today. Neither stayed on my computer long in favor of two other programs, one free, one paid, that remain on my computer to this day.
"Shedko Folderico": http://eng.softq.org/folderico & http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Icons-Related/Folderico.shtml
"Shedko Folderico Portable": Download on developer's site and Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Enhancements/Windows-Portable-Applications-Portable-Folderico.shtml
If today's offering by TeoRex interests you it can be found on Softpedia, as well; "FolerIco": http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Icons-Related/TeoreX-FolderIco.shtml

I currently use two programs to change folder icons; One Free, One Paid. The Free program is: "Folder iChanger": http://www.mohaned-b.com/FolderiChanger/Default.aspx & http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Icons-Related/Folder-iChanger.shtml

The paid program which is the program I use the most is: "FolderMagic" by Cloudeight. I haven't found a program that works better. Changing folder icons through folder properties has it's limitations and "FolderMagic" fills all the holes in those limitations. Cloudeight offers many icon packs, but with "Foldermagic" it's a piece of cake to make your own icon packs. The main version is paid, a nickle more than "FolderIco", and worth every penny. If you follow "FolderMagic" through email or RSS they do offer very good deals on icon packs from time to time. However, you can download the base program which is a 15 day trial here: http://foldermagic.com & also on Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/FolderMagic.shtml.

If "FolerIco" works for you then that's great, but I haven't found better folder icon changing software than "FolderMagic". Make up your own mind and let us all know what you think.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I downloaded the Pro version of this software a few years back with GOTD, the only difference with todays offer is the colours are limited to one set. The Pro version includes Pastel Colours. but this offer has much more variety of named folders. I use the software to simplify collections of family descendants for my Ancestry Tree information & My Music collection. I would not be without it
Thanks once again FolderIco Gotd

Reply   |   Comment by Kiwi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Stupid simple easy and a great blessing to the eye!

Don't know about the free alternatives but I already love how this software does not run in the background in a shady manner, takes up like no resources or physical memory at all, and makes changing my folders into a color organized system EASY!

Thank you for a simple, yet useful software!

Reply   |   Comment by Shane Anciso  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I used the older program. Liked it. However, for whatever reason I get a corrupted .zip when I try to DL this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Mako  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

You can change folder icon very easy from windows without any additional software.

Reply   |   Comment by name  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

You make your choice,IcoFx portable free http://icofx.ro/downloads.html

Reply   |   Comment by Milovanović Siniša  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

No need to pay for anything like this... Rainbow Folders does the same thing, and always free!!


Reply   |   Comment by Cindy Fawcett  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I identify with #10, though my eyes key in on ICO shapes. Relying on colors would cause chaos since I can't recall what I want any of 16 million colors to represent worth beans. Actually, I'd want them all to be a different shade of purple so imagine the confusion! The other day I changed a standard yellow desktop folder to a rubber duckie for a DuckDuckGo shortcut. Bing is a pair of Bing cherries, Google is a big intrusive proboscis. Hubby still needs the alt text cause he can't read my mind. :))

Reply   |   Comment by GreeneyedNewbie  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Going to try it, but for years I've used right click/properties/change icon to classify my stuff. It does have the advantage of shape recognition.

Reply   |   Comment by batsdude  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)


Unable to register the DLL/OCX: RegSvr32 failed with exit code 0×5

Code 5 refers to administration rights.

Try running the application "Run as Administrator"

If this fails, you will need to register RegSvr32:

1. Run CMD.exe as Administrator

2. A command prompt opens. You should either use 'CD' to change to the relevant directory (folder), or enter the full path to the file.

3. To register (or re-register) type:
regsvr32 .dll


regsvr32 \.dll

where is the path to the file, and is the name of the file.

Look in C:\Windows\System32

Reply   |   Comment by infotech  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Very limited selection of icons you can use, and doesn't change Windows folder or Program files, or whatever is IN Program files. In other words no better than whats already IN Windows

Reply   |   Comment by Phil K  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

This software for $9.99 ? It only changes the color of folder which is free in windows. Right click on Folder => Go to Properties => Customize => Change Icon => Select an icon and apply otherwise click on cancel.

If you want the same effect like this software does then use this icon set : Colored Icon Set

If you want more fantastic icon sets then check this site : Free Icons Download

No need to download this giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Krmit killi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I am facing same problem as #33. Have sent feedback to the company while uninstalling the software. Lets see if they provide some meaningful solution to the problem

Reply   |   Comment by Mehul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I downloaded and don't see a desktop icon option? Is there a place to go to retrieve a icon that I am not finding in any of the folders that came with the download??
Thanks for your time.

Reply   |   Comment by GENESSA  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I tried the free method on my Windows 7 64 bit system, but the properties window does not have a "customize" tab. Is there something I'm not doing?

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I have been using this system since the last giveaway. This is a great program and far better than the standard yellow folders. I wish to make a suggestion to improve the whole concept. This is to design your own Icons, not only colours, but patterns, Icon jpegs of your own photos, as well as that but designing your own Icon graphics as well !!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Vaughan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I have a version of this program on one of my computers from here and I love it. Then I got a new laptop and couldn't install from here by then. I can't wait to have it again!

Reply   |   Comment by Teri Lee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Also more icons packs available for free at official site: http://www.folderico.com/download.html

Reply   |   Comment by synapse  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

downloaded this program from GOTD over a year ago, very useful

Reply   |   Comment by Mary Olmstead  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Can someone please help me? Using Windows XP with SP3

I installed GOTD FolderIco v 2.0 (and registered it) on top of my free FolderIco v 1.0 from 05-11-2012 and "Change Icon" does not show up on the menu when I right click on a folder. I then uninstalled the program so I could start from scratch with no FolderIco on my system. I then installed GOTD FolderIco v 2.0 again and registered it. I got the same thing --> no "Change Icon" appears in the menu when I right click on a folder. I uninstalled it again. I even downloaded the file again from GOTD and installed it and registered it (it said successfully activated). Still have no "Change Icon" on menu when right click on file name.

I looked in my "C:\Program Files\FolderIco" and I have no "menu.xml" file like I had when I had Free ver 1.0 from 05-11-2012. Is this the problem???

I have the following files only in "C:\Program Files\FolderIco":
I like the program and wanted the extra folder icons that this GOTD offers.

Reply   |   Comment by Bon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Actually, there are a few bugs in the program. I sent off to TeoRex's support email to notify them.

First is a problem of not using the iconindex specified for an icl library if given in the menu.xml (if you just use singl ico files it works fine, however)

Second is a problem of when you change the icon using FolderIco - the icon gets updated, but the old icon gets stuck in Windows cache. The way to solve this is do to do like Shedko did and tack on a random number to the icon name so that it is always a "new" icon and avoids the cache being called upon.

But I wrote to them and am waiting on their response.

Reply   |   Comment by BGM  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I downloaded, installed and, registered this program without a hitch. I had a similar program on another computer, but nothing like it on my laptop. I had been wanting this for some time, but never got around to searching for a free version. Now I have it! Thanks to Teorex and GAOTD team.

Reply   |   Comment by Edward  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Not sure which operating system these guys (#12 and #20) who keep talking about "RIGHT CLICK in Windows" are using .... but in my Windows 7 Home no such functionality exists.

So I will download and test this software - I did have something like this a couple of years ago and found it great for prioritising certain folders.

Reply   |   Comment by Encyclopedia Brittanica  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Using the windows "Properties" system-
After clicking on "Change Icon" enter
as the file to search for icons, windows
will then tell you it can't find the file...
click on ok and you now have a huge choice
of available icons AND you are able to name them !

Reply   |   Comment by Steve Cee  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Still using version 1 from November 2010. I changed the colors on a couple folders but being color blind, I do better using windows folder properties.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Aha! I discovered something new!

You can change the title and icon of the context menu entry by editing the "menu" entry in menu.xml in the root application directory:

Also, if you create a folder and copy your custom icons and your custom menu.xml into the folder, the folder will display as a submenu in the context menu.

This program is fabulous!
The only thing I could wish for is that it could populate a submenu automatically from an icl library.

Reply   |   Comment by BGM  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Firstly, WHY would you want this? Simple - you can quickly change folder icons right from the context menu. This is wonderful if you create a lot of folders and use icons for quick-visual recognition. Going through the Windows dialogue accomplishes the task, but there are a lot of steps. With FolderIco, there is only two steps - two clicks, in fact.

I have tried out this FolderIco and Shedko FolderIco as well as Rainbow Folders and FolderMarker (FolderMarker looks JUST like this FolderIco and I got it from GAOTD). Shedko was the best before I got a 64bit computer. On a 64bit machine, you can no longer choose your icon from the context menu - you have to go through a dialogue, but you *could* customize the icons you want to use in it. But alas! They have never fixed the 64bit version.

In the screenshots, you are supposed to see a "FolderIco" entry in the context menu, but it is wrong - you will see "Change Icon" in the menu, instead.

With FolderIco, you can easily add your own custom icons by editing the menu.xml file in its application folder.

To add just one icon, do this:

To add icons from an .icl icon library:

The icon itself is copied and placed inside that folder along with a desktop.ini so windows will know that the icon belongs to that folder. Both the icon and the ini file are marked as hidden system files. This is a good feature - it makes it so you can copy the directory and keep the icon intact.

However, Shedko FolderIco allows you to choose between this method and just linking the folder to an icon in a library (which is how Windows does it by default).

This gets my +1. Thank you!

This is very nice, and I am quite pleased! This is the best folder-icon changing program yet.

Reply   |   Comment by BGM  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Sorry, but unfortunately did not work on my machine... Downloaded and installed on Win XP SP3. Activated it... Restarted the PC when prompted... but FolderIco not integrated with Windows explorer. Uninstalled and tried to reinstall it assuming i would have done something wrong , but no luck again. Not sure what went wrong. Finally uninstalling it!!

Reply   |   Comment by Mehul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I have version 1.0 from the last giveaway. It shows up as an addition to your right click menu. You right click on an icon and you can change it's color. Very handy for me to see key files I work with because I have tons of folders. Thank you. A great simple program.

Reply   |   Comment by skybase  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Its not often I comment on here, others seem to say what I was going to. However, why just just change the colour of the folder Icon? I don't have a single "conventional" folder on my desktop, for books I have an icon showing...ermm...'books'. For legal, things I have an icon of a UK cops helmet, for movies...I have a icon of a reel of film. For photos its a camera Icon, Yes its useful sometimes to have your folders different colours. But for crying out loud...I had this sort of program back when I had my Atari 1040, couldn't they have done something a LITTLE more interesting ?

Reply   |   Comment by Cameramaster  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Installed and works fine on Windows 7 Pro 64bit. Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Gizmofiddler  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I don't understand WHY? I just right click a folder, select properties, and then the tab called customize. You change the icon right there. It is less clicks than downloading, installing, registering software, then launching the program, selecting the folder icon, and changing it.

Reply   |   Comment by lemonadesoda  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Nice program, thanks but I have a suggestion that I didn't find yet.
How about adding the ability to "arrange" those icons too?
Sometimes when my son plays his PC games my icons will get all jumbled up and putting them back.

Reply   |   Comment by tc1uscg  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Red this on the product page of Shedko Folderico:

No to paid version, only free.Not so long ago there was similar tool with the same name. We do not have any relationship to the paid version which began to advertise on some sites, all of our programs are free.

I see the download file sizes are quite different:
Shedko: 4,2 MB (download page)
TeoreX: 9,06 MB (Giveaway link) or 2,38MB (setup.exe on download page)

Reply   |   Comment by Pascal  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Windows 7 - 64

Download and install was a breeze.
FolderIco is a small program with virtually no impact on computer resources.
So simple I can't believe someone hasn't thought of this long ago.
Love it. Great Idea.
Thank you Teorex and GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Brad  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@covo: Thanks a lot man. Rainbow folder has some great reviews in softonic n softpedia. The name could have used a bit more imagination though :D

Reply   |   Comment by Miles Coehl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

@Miles Coehl:

for free:
- and --> "Rainbow Folders"

Reply   |   Comment by covo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Useful for those that find windows settings too complicated and want an easy method to do things. However I prefer to use the free windows method for changing icons.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I downloaded this the last time it was offered and was pleased with its simplicity. It's an extra tool to help tag and identify folders by favorite color, category, or even ownership (in the case of a computer that is shared by many users). Nifty. Recommended.

Reply   |   Comment by SuzyQ  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Have downloaded the program, installed, but can't register it.
Have tried several times..I have Windows 7

Reply   |   Comment by Judi Haley  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@ #9 Miles Coehl

There was always the free windows. This program does nothing else as provide a shortcut to :

1) Rightclick on folder
2) Click an properties, switch to adapt and wonder! here you are!
3) Now you can choose "chance icon", select an icon from a list and finished.(*)
4) If you don't like the icom any more, click on "reset"

That's all and was free all the time.

The search to "free icons" give you millions.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

"Unable to register the DLL/OCX: RegSvr32 failed with exit code 0x5." Running (trying) on Windows 7. What am I doing wrong? Have tried repeatedly with no success.

Reply   |   Comment by wiggymac  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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