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

   Posted 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….)


About Lê Hoàng

When not creating exciting new Android games, Lê Hoàng is here crafting tutorials, tweaks, and fixes for your enjoyment.
View more articles by Lê Hoàng

The Conversation

Follow the reactions below and share your own thoughts.

38 Responses to “iTunes 10: How to Change the Icon Back to iTunes 9 Version in Windows”

  1. September 02, 2010 at 9:19 pm, Tobias H. 'Inofaith' said:

    ok, so how do we do this on mac?


    • September 03, 2010 at 4:21 am, E Brohdur said:

      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.


    • September 03, 2010 at 4:42 am, Bwied said:

      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


  2. September 08, 2010 at 8:28 pm, Tobi_wan said:

    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.


    • September 09, 2010 at 10:28 am, Anonymous said:

      Thank you ^^


  3. September 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm, Dave beer said:

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


    • September 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm, Anonymous said:

      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 :)


      • September 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm, Me said:

        I have the same problem. Here’s screenshot:


        • September 24, 2010 at 1:23 am, Anonymous said:

          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 :)


          • September 25, 2010 at 9:52 am, Me said:

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

          • September 25, 2010 at 10:15 am, Anonymous said:

            What version of windows are u using? Windows 7?

          • September 25, 2010 at 10:24 am, Anonymous said:

            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

          • September 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm, Me said:

            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?

          • September 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm, Anonymous said:

            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 :)

          • September 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm, Me said:

            Hopefully you’ll understand with this picture?

          • September 26, 2010 at 8:03 am, Anonymous said:

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

          • September 28, 2010 at 7:04 am, Me said:

            How can I fix that?

          • September 28, 2010 at 7:32 am, Anonymous said:

            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 :D

          • September 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm, Me said:

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

          • September 30, 2010 at 12:50 am, Anonymous said:

            Glad to hear your feedback :D
            You are welcome :)

  4. September 19, 2010 at 8:55 am, Fdsa said:

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


    • September 19, 2010 at 10:28 am, Anonymous said:

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


  5. September 22, 2010 at 1:01 am, Daniela Salgado said:

    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. :)


    • September 24, 2010 at 3:46 am, Anonymous said:

      Glad to hear your feedback :)


  6. October 06, 2010 at 2:19 am, Joshua D'Alton said:

    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 :)


  7. October 07, 2010 at 12:17 am, Sal Blandino said:

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


    • October 07, 2010 at 10:02 am, Anonymous said:

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


  8. October 24, 2010 at 12:57 am, Tom said:

    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?


    • October 24, 2010 at 2:00 am, Anonymous said:

      Hi Tom

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


  9. October 27, 2010 at 9:27 am, Yeah said:

    This worked perfectly – thanks!!


    • October 29, 2010 at 4:07 am, Anonymous said:

      Thank you :)

      Glad we could help :D


  10. November 30, 2010 at 1:09 pm, IainR said:

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


    • November 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm, IainR said:

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


  11. May 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm, Long_dragon said:

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


  12. April 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm, Berlin45 said:

    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!


Leave a Reply