My Windows Icon for Leopard

New and Old Windows Icons

As you may know, Leopard ships with a controversial icon for Windows Machines on the network, it’s a beige monitor with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). While this was pretty funny in the developer builds of Leopard, I think it’s a little tasteless for the retail release. I use a Windows machine right alongside my Macs every day, and I didn’t want to stare at this icon when I was networking between them. I was reading how to replace the BSOD Windows Network Machine icon from Leopard with a generic Mac monitor icon at Engadget. I wanted to replace it, and I thought this might be a good time to find out how icon creation works on the Mac. This was my first icon (on any system really) and is really just a modification of the existing BSOD icon and the Bootcamp icon.

If you want to use this icon yourself, you can grab the icns icon file here.

Here are the instructions on how to install it, modified from Engadget’s article.

  • In Finder, go to /System/Library/CoreServices/ and find CoreTypes.bundle. Right click and choose “show package contents”
  • Now go to Contents/Resources/ and you will see a bunch of icons.
  • Drag the wincomp.icns file into this folder. It will prompt you to authenticate and enter your admin password to make changes to this folder.
  • Open up Terminal and type the following 3 commands:
    • cd /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/
    • sudo mv public.generic-pc.icns public.generic-pc_lame.icns
      [enter your admin password]
    • sudo cp wincomp.icns public.generic-pc.icns

Powerbook next to Windows in Leopard Networking

Now log out and log back in and things should be swapped. This is my first icon, ever, so I know it’s not pretty… hopefully I’ll take another shot at it once I know Illustrator better and I can make some nice vector art. Above, you can see my Windows icon next to my 12″ Powerbook on my network.

Chris Owens


  1. Thanks Trevor!

    The menubar? It doesn’t bother me that much. It does feel like it’s ‘dimmed’ out or something, but I have gotten used to it.

  2. From Anil’s blog:

    “Significantly more satisfying is Chris Owens’ response, which includes his own custom icon that does exactly what I’d thought OS X should do — use a variation of the Boot Camp logo to represent Windows. Consistent, still slightly deprecating (pulls all the color out of the Windows logo, and rotates it so there’s a cleverly dismissive negative-space “X”, but doesn’t actually go for the Calvin-pees-on-your-logo gag) but overall very sensible.”

    Full post here: http://www.dashes.com/anil/2007/11/fanboys-are-stupid-but-you-are-not.html

    Sameer Vasta’s last blog post..On hugging

  3. That’s a good point Goobimama. I use any wallpaper on any system, so that detail didn’t come out as critical when I was making the icon. It is a great point though.

  4. The icon looks beautiful, but the mediafire link doesn’t work any more. = 0(

  5. Nice job for your first icon. I like it a lot, although I think it would be nice, and a little more ‘Windowsy’ if you used the Bliss background instead of the default Tiger background. That might be something easy for you to do and make an alternative icon.

    Once again, excellent job. I’m going to enjoy this icon a lot more than the tacky BSOD icon.

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