iTunes 10: How to Change the Icon Back to iTunes 9 Version in Windows

   Posted September 2, 2010 by Lê Hoàng in Music

iTunes just got a new icon. If you prefer the old icon to the new one, here is how to change it back.

We can’t change the icon by right-clicking on it and picking Change Icon because it has been grayed out. This is shown in the picture below.

1. Download Resource Hacker and the old Itunes exe file.

2. Close iTunes and make a backup of your new iTunes.exe (version 10).

3. Open Resource Hacker, go to File->Open and point to iTunes.exe ( By default, it is in C:Program Files\iTunes)

4. Go to Icon Group->128, right-click on 1033 and choose Replace Resource.

5. In the new pop up window, click on Open file with new icon… after that, choose your old iTunes exe file (the one we have downloaded in step 1).

6. Choose the same resource (128) from the left side and click on Replace.

7. Go to File->Save as. We can’t rewrite the exe file so it will be better if you can save our modified exe file to somewhere else like desktop and then copy it, go to C:\Program Files\iTunes and replace the iTunes.exe file.

8. Delete the Itunes shortcut at the desktop and create a new shortcut for your new modified exe. You will now have the old Itunes icon for Itunes 10.


-The iTunes icon in About iTunes window can’t be replaced.

To replace taskbar icon, please repeat step 4 to 6 with 153 value.

-You can also replace file association icons by replace values from 129 to 153 with iTunes’s appropriate old values (18 values, repeat step 4 to 6. You don’t have to replace all values to make it works, just replace files association icons that use most used like mp3, aac….)


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  • Tobias H. ‘Inofaith’

    ok, so how do we do this on mac?

    • E Brohdur

      I have the same question.

      You used to be able to press ‘get info’ or CMD + i on an app in the finder to bring up the info folder. The small icon in the top left corner could be pasted over by dragging a .png into that area, but it does not work in Snow Leopard.

    • Bwied

      You must place the old icon in the correct location…. You can find this location by right-clicking on the iTunes icon in the finder, “show package contents” then scroll down and replace the main icon file. I’ll try to upload the old icon file somewhere then give you a link. I hate the new logo

  • Tobi_wan

    You need to do the same for icon group #153 which includes the systray icon. By replacing it with the symbols shown above you will see the old icon also in the systray.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you ^^

  • Dave beer

    i have done everything this says but it doesnt work, the shortcut just comes up as a “blank page” icon.

    • Anonymous

      Can you capture a screenshot, upload and give me the link? 🙂
      Have you downloaded the old exe file and apply it to the new one? 🙂
      I have done this on many computers of my friends and i haven’t found any problem yet 🙁
      You know, using Resource hacker is a trusted way to modify icons. Many people are still using it 🙂

      • Me
        • Anonymous

          Maybe you have missed a step. The final file is 9,6MB while your file is only 9,31MB.
          If you sure that you have followed all the step, maybe this is because of the icon cache. You can rebuild the cache by following these step.
          1. Lauch Run box and acess cmd.
          2. Copy this: (without quotes)
          “taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
          CD /d %userprofile%AppDataLocal
          DEL IconCache.db /a
          shutdown /r”
          3. Hit Enter. Your icons cache will be rebuilded.

          Note: if you have no idea how to copy and paste between window n command console dos program. please also check out this post 🙂

          • Me

            It didn’t work… I still had the blank file…

          • Anonymous

            What version of windows are u using? Windows 7?

          • Anonymous

            If u can’t get it to work. You can search for an Itunes icon file
            (.ico) and do as follow:
            Right click on desktop and choose Personalise.
            Click on Change desktop icon. Select the itunes 10 on your
            desktop->choose Change icon and then choose that Icon.
            Maybe your system has some conflict softwares that may lead to this issue.
            this method only replace desktop icon, you can’t change file association icons
            Hope this help

          • Me

            I tried the normal way again and I realisde it wasn’t working because I was saving the file as “itunes” and not “itunes.exe” but when I replace it with the new icon in Program files/itunes folder, while the icon is still the old one, when I click on it at the bottom of the window where it has the description of the file, the icon shown is the iTunes 10 one!! When I tried to make a shortcut I got the iTunes 10 icon as well! That’s kinda strange! Help?

          • Anonymous

            Your comment makes me confuse 🙁
            So, the modified exe file got the itunes 9 icon? but when u put it in
            the folder, it back to itunes 10 icon? have u overwritten the old one?
            make sure u have done all things above.
            If it doesn’t work, try to replace the new 153 value with the old 153 value too.
            Hope this help 🙂

          • Me
          • Anonymous

            This is not the icon’s problem 🙂
            This is because of your windows. Your system display icon wrongly.

          • Me

            How can I fix that?

          • Anonymous

            Maybe another icons cache rebuild will fix it. Just follow the above
            guide 🙂 ( the rebuild guide in comment section, not the main guide)
            Hope this help 😀

          • Me

            I got it to work. Thanks for all the help!

          • Anonymous

            Glad to hear your feedback 😀
            You are welcome 🙂

  • Fdsa

    change the saved file to an .exe file should be solved

    • Anonymous

      Yes. It should work too! But it may lead to crash later and when you update itunes, updates may not work properly 🙂

  • Daniela Salgado

    Worked perfectly !!!!
    Many thanks!!!
    I’m really picky as to the iTunes icon; heck it took me a while to get used to it when they switched it from green to blue haha so this was too much for me.

    • Anonymous

      Glad to hear your feedback 🙂

  • Joshua D’Alton

    To replace the status bar icon (the bit next to the clock) in Windows 7, make sure to do the 153 icon group as well 🙂

    • David Kirk – Founder/Editor

      Perfect. Thanks for the additional info.

  • Sal Blandino

    when i do try to replace it in reshak it still stays with the new icon in itunes 10.

    • Anonymous

      Please try to rebuild windows icon cache. You can read my previous comments to find the guide 🙂

  • Tom

    Great – it worked – HOWEVER the taskbar pin is unchanged for some reason.

    I removed it and re-pinned it from iTunes.exe even when it had the new icon – any solutions?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Tom

      Please do the same with 153 value 🙂 That’s will change taskbar icon. I’ll add it to the post 🙂

  • Yeah

    This worked perfectly – thanks!!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you 🙂

      Glad we could help 😀

  • IainR

    I use small icons on the taskbar, and it doesn’t seem to want to change. 🙁

    • IainR

      Ah, don’t worry, after some fiddling the taskbar appeared to ‘refresh’ and now it’s sorted. Thanks for this. 🙂

  • Long_dragon

    thank you so much! taskbar icon on win7 64bit was terrible.

  • Berlin45

    Wow this is a quite amazing article, i like the these itunes brands.. It’s impossible to think how much people are affected every day. Hehe. Bam!