Customize Windows icons and branding with CustomizerGod

CustomizerGod is a free portable program for Windows that provides you with options to customize icons and the branding of the operating system.

Windows offers only limited icon customization options. While you can change some icons, either directly or by changing settings in the Windows Registry, the operation is not comfortable and error prone at the same time.

CustomizerGod has been designed to make things easier on the customization front. The portable program can be run from any location on the machine to provide you with the means to modify icons and branding on Windows PCs.


The program may display an UAC prompt on start, and if you are running Windows 8 or newer, may display several read-only listings.

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Read-only indicates items that CustomizerGod cannot modify at the time because of the signed nature of the files on the operating system. The developer hopes however that future versions will provide options to modify these files as well.


The program displays a list of sections such as taskbar, volume icons or battery on the left, and the icons that belong to it once it has been selected on the right.

You can preview any icon (the different sizes it is available) with a click, or use the change or restore options to replace an icon or restore the original.

For instance, to change the icon of zip folders simply select the category on the left, then one of the icons displayed on the right, and finally the change button to replace it with an icon of your choosing.

You can pick different image formats such as bmp, gif or jpg for that, and are not limited to standard icon formats.

If something goes wrong, use the restore option to remove the modification and restore the original icon again.

As far as branding is concerned, you may use CustomizerGod to modify base and system branding, and depending on the version of Windows you are using, also the logon screen branding.

A click on the menu button displays additional options that advanced users may appreciate. Among them, are the following options:

  • Run, Exit, Force Close or Restart Explorer.
  • Quick or Full Clear the icon cache.
  • Restore Backup using SFC or CustomizerGod.
  • Set image resizing and bitmap pixel formats.
  • Export resources, or check file information.
  • Extract resources from RES or iPack files.

It is advised to create backups before you use the program to make modifications as system data may be manipulated using the program. While the program’s own backup options worked fine during tests, it is better to have a second option at hand should the need arise.

Closing Words

If you like interface customizations, and want an easy solution for it, then you may want to give CustomizerGod a try as it offers that. While it is not complete, it has a lot to offer in this regard.

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