How to install, change and customize Windows 7 / 8 Cursors

Windows has a fine set of default aero cursor set or mouse pointers. But if you feel like a change and would like to replace them with a customized set, you can change cursors easily in Windows 8 or Windows 7.

Install, change & customize Windows Cursors

Open C:\Windows\Cursors folder and create a new folder called “NewCursors”.

Place your new cursor .cur files in this folder.

Via Control Panel, open Mouse applet and click on Properties tab.

Select Windows Aero (system scheme) in the Scheme drop-down list, if it isn’t already selected.

Click on the “Save As” button and name your new scheme as say, “NewCursors”. Click OK.

In the Customize list, select the Normal Select cursor. Click Browse. Navigate to C:\Windows\Cursor\Bullseye\, select the appropriate file for the appropriate mouse gesture and click Open. Click Apply.

You have to do so with every file for every mouse gesture.

For instance. check out Bull’s Eye Mouse Cursor, from Microsoft.

If you decide to download and try out this cursor set, then in the above instructions, name the folder as BullsEye.

In the “Customize” list, select the “Normal Select” cursor. Click “Browse”.  Select C:\Windows\Cursor\Bullseye\Bullseye_select.cur”. Click “Open” button.

Select the “Precision Select” cursor. Click “Browse”.  Select “Bullseye_precision.cur”. Click “Open” button.

Select the “Text Select” cursor. Click “Browse”.  Select “Bullseye_text.cur”. Click “Open” button.

Select the “Link Select” cursor. Click “Browse”.  Select “Bullseye_link.cur”. Click “Open” button.

You may also want to check out some of these cool cursors:

Prototype 01 | Unborn 8.0 Shadow Edition.

These downloads come with an Install.inf or AutoSetup.inf file. To install these cursors, simply right-click on this .inf file and select Install. This saves a lot of effort on your part!

Next open the Control Panel applet and from the drop down menu select the newly installed cursors. Click Apply > OK.

Check out Ultimate Windows Customizer, which allows you to customize your Windows installation, including changing the Start Button, Logon Screen, Thumbnails, Taskbar, Explorer look, Windows Media Player and more! etc.

If you know of any more good cursors for Windows 7, do share in the comments.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, an end-user Windows enthusiast, & a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.