How to install custom icons and cursors in Windows

Now that you know how to apply custom themes to Windows XP, perhaps you want to take it a step further and install custom icons and cursors. This tutorial will guide you through doing just that.

Sometimes, you just feel like having a new look to some things. That what the Tango Patcher is for. It replaces most of Windows default icons with the Tango styled icons. It says it should work on Windows XP and Vista. Installation is easy. Just download the .rar and open it with a program like 7zip. Then run the Tango Patcher.exe. Installation is simple and straightforward. You will have to restart when you’re done though. Below is a small example of the Tango icons.

custom folders in xp
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Now, would you like a new cursor? I’m still using XP, but I really like the Vista cursor. So let’s install that! You can go here to download the cursor. Again, it’s very easy to install. Extract the Aero cursors folder somewhere, go into the folder, right click install.inf and click Install.

installing custom cursors

Now go to Start -> Control Panel -> Mouse, click on the Pointers tab and select Aero Cursors. Click Apply and then OK. You can download more cursors from here.

Be sure to share your favorite cursors!

7 thoughts on “How to install custom icons and cursors in Windows”

  1. Can you help me to install new icons for windows xp?
    I allready HAVE some icons so you only have to give me the folder to place the icons.

    If you wanna help me……. many thanks :D

  2. Спасибо за статью. Сегодня решил сменить иконки к ярлыкам на рабочем столе, а как это сделать – не знал. Я просто указал папку с иконками и все, но и здесь не все так просто, в папке с иконками, нужно еще и выбрать определенную иконку – все иконки почему то не отображаются. Ну вот и решил погуглить, и попал на эту статью. Еще раз спасибо.

  3. Thank you for the article. Today I decided to change icons for shortcuts on the desktop, and how to do it – do not know. I simply pointed out a folder with icons and all, but there is not so simple, in a folder with icons, you must also select a specific icon – all the icons for some reason do not appear. Well, we’ve decided to Googling, and came to this article. Thanks again.

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