Parallels Desktop Boot Camp Dock Icon Feature Image

Parallels Desktop is great because it allows you to work with your Windows Boot Camp drive while logged in on your Mac. Windows programs can be run alongside Mac apps right in the Dock with Coherence Mode, or inside a dedicated Windows desktop space.

While the macOS interface was completely reimagined with the advent of Big Sur in 2020, the Dock icon shown by Parallels for your Boot Camp drive remains unchanged. It is a system-appropriate icon for the older Mac OS X, but now that we have Monterey, it definitely sticks out.

Coming up are instructions on how to update the Boot Camp dock icon displayed by Parallels to match the latest macOS visual language.

Note

The screenshots in this guide were taken on Catalina, but the steps will be the same for any OS version.

What we’re changing

We are updating the Boot Camp dock icon used by Parallels Desktop. Below is what the original default icon is.

Original Boot Camp Dock Icon
The default Boot Camp dock icon

Here is the updated icon.

Updated Boot Camp dock icon
Updated Boot Camp dock icon

Let’s Begin

With your Boot Camp shut down, right-click on its name in Control Center. Select Show in Finder to reveal the virtual machine file.

Right-click in Control Center to select "Show in Finder"
Right-click in Control Center to select “Show in Finder”

A Finder window will appear where the file is located. Right-click on Boot Camp.pvm and select Show Package Contents.

"Show Package Contents" for Boot Camp virtual machine
“Show Package Contents” for Boot Camp virtual machine

Depending on your Finder view settings, what appears next may be displayed differently, but the contents should be the same. Right-click on Boot Camp and select Show Package Contents again.

Boot Camp.pvm Directory
Boot Camp.pvm Directory

Next open Contents.

Boot Camp Contents folder
Boot Camp Contents folder

Then open Resources.

Boot Camp Resources folder
Boot Camp Resources folder

Your Resources directory should contain AppParams.pva, English.lproj and WinAppHelper.icns. The .icns file is key to the dock icon.

WinAppHelper.icns is what will get changed
WinAppHelper.icns is what will get changed

The New Icon

I used an icon I liked from https://macosicons.com/. If you ever need a fresh icon for just about any app, this is the source. I ran a search for “bootcamp” and chose my desired icon from the results. Alternatively you could search for “parallels” – there are countless options.

macosicons.com Home Page
macosicons.com Home Page

Search results for “bootcamp.”

"bootcamp" search results
“bootcamp” search results

Since it is not possible to deep-link to a specific search results page on macosicons.com, I am linking to the exact icon I used. Credit goes to uploader Jason for the nice icon. Click the scaled image below and it should download the original .icns file.

Click to download the full .icns

Replacing the Old Icon

First we need to copy the original icon’s file name. With the icon selected, press Enter and then hit Command-C (⌘-C) to copy the name.

Copy icns File Name
Copy the original name

Then rename WinAppHelper.icns to WinAppHelper.icns.bak. Rather than overwriting the original icon with the new, we’ll just rename it for safe keeping.

Renamed icns file
Renamed icns file

Next drag your new icon into the same directory as WinAppHelper.icns.bak.

Putting New icns into Resources Directory
Putting the new icns into the Resources directory

Now rename the new icon to WinAppHelper.icns. Easily do this by pressing Enter and then hitting Command-V (⌘-V) to paste the new file name.

Renamed New icns File to Stock Name
Resources directory with both the new and old icns files and their appropriate names

At Last

With the above steps completed, just log out and log back in. Your new dock icon should now be shown when you pull up Parallels Desktop and load Boot Camp. If the dock icon did not update, then rebooting your computer will do the trick.

Updated Boot Camp Dock Icon
Your new Boot Camp dock icon

Thanks for reading!

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