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
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.