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    Hey all,

     

    Well, my Internet Explorer desktop icon disappeared randomly two days ago.  I found multiple KB articles on this referring to a regedit that would fix this problem, however the regedit does not make the icon nor the IE desktop icon checkbox reappear.  I know I can make a shortcut, which I have done, however it's much more useful to have the correct icon that I can right click to get properties/delete cache, etc.  Any ideas?  My setup:  Vista Home Premium, SP1, IE 7, all patches and updates up to date.

     

    Help?

     

    fvultee@hotmail.com

     

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:15 PM

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  •  fvultee wrote:

     

    Hey all,

     

    Well, my Internet Explorer desktop icon disappeared randomly two days ago.  I found multiple KB articles on this referring to a regedit that would fix this problem, however the regedit does not make the icon nor the IE desktop icon checkbox reappear.  I know I can make a shortcut, which I have done, however it's much more useful to have the correct icon that I can right click to get properties/delete cache, etc.  Any ideas?  My setup:  Vista Home Premium, SP1, IE 7, all patches and updates up to date.

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    See:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555849/en-us
    "Internet Explorer 7 Desktop icon missing".
    And:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/108/1/
    "Where is the Internet Explorer desktop icon in Windows Vista?"

     

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:26 PM
  • Vincenzo,

     

    My original post referenced the regedit "fix" that both those articles refer to (the same fix is outlined in both articles you posted) and that fix does nothing for me.  It does not add the icon back to the desktop nor does it add the IE checkbox in the desktop setup.  Any other ideas?

     

    Forrest

     

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:33 PM
  •  fvultee wrote:

    Vincenzo,

     

    My original post referenced the regedit "fix" that both those articles refer to (the same fix is outlined in both articles you posted) and that fix does nothing for me.  It does not add the icon back to the desktop nor does it add the IE checkbox in the desktop setup.  Any other ideas?

     

    Forrest

     

     

    Courtesy of my colleague MVP Robear Dyer.

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed?  What anti-spyware applications (other than Windows Defender)?  What third-party firewall (if any)?

    NB: One or more options/settings in an ever-growing number of third-party applications may be disallowing the change. These include but are not limited to Ad-aware's Ad-Watch, Spybot Tea Timer, SpywareBlaster, SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, CounterSpy, AVG Anti-Virus c8.0, AVG Anti-Spyware v7.5, Norton AntiVirus, McAfee VirusScan and/or Antispyware, NOD32, and Zone Alarm (Free, Pro, & Security Suite).

     

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 5:49 PM
  • So I used to have AVG 8 as my only protection (aside from Defender which is still on here), but I removed the entire suite, rebooted, then tried the registry "fix" again, still nothing.  So now I've got no IE and no Antivirus/Spyware to stop the registry patch from working.  Any other ideas? Smile

    Thursday, July 31, 2008 6:20 PM
  •  fvultee wrote:

    So I used to have AVG 8 as my only protection (aside from Defender which is still on here), but I removed the entire suite, rebooted, then tried the registry "fix" again, still nothing.  So now I've got no IE and no Antivirus/Spyware to stop the registry patch from working.  Any other ideas?

     

    Open Registry Editor (Start -> Run -> Regedit -> OK).

    In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

    Check the value in the right pane:
    {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}=dword:00000000

     

    Friday, August 01, 2008 5:18 AM
  • Vincenzo,

     

    Verifying that registry key is the exact same advise as the two articles reference in your original reply to me.  I have done that, and it does absolutely nothing.  I've removed all antivirus/spyware software, and have tried again, to no avail.  How bizarre that it just disappears and cannot be put back.  Any other ideas?!?

     

    Forrest

     

     

    Friday, August 01, 2008 1:08 PM
  •  fvultee wrote:

    Vincenzo,

     

    Verifying that registry key is the exact same advise as the two articles reference in your original reply to me.  I have done that, and it does absolutely nothing.  I've removed all antivirus/spyware software, and have tried again, to no avail.  How bizarre that it just disappears and cannot be put back.  Any other ideas?!?

     

    Forrest

     

    Forrest,

    please try the Windows Vista General newsgroup.

    Via your newsreader:
    news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windows.vista.general
    Via WEB:
    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.windows.vista.general

    Friday, August 01, 2008 2:10 PM
  • OK, I've posted on that newsgroup, hopefully someone can figure this out.

     

    Friday, August 01, 2008 4:19 PM
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    Well, I posted to those newsgroups, not a single response.  Anyone here find a solution aside from the registry patch?  That solution does not work for me for some reason...
    Tuesday, August 05, 2008 3:07 PM
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    I have this same issue with several thousand machines in our system. The only way I have been able to get the IE icon to return to the DT and Start Menu is by using Add\remove Windows Components. Problem is it only wirks for that profile. I spent 2 hours with MS yesterday and they were clueless once they realized the reg tweak wouldn't work.
    Wednesday, August 06, 2008 3:07 PM
  • FVULTEE,

    copy and paste this reg tweak in notepad and save with .reg extention. I have been working on this for the last two days and it is working fine across multiple user profiles.

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1e01a7c5-5c23-4d8f-8e5d-63ce3138e25d}]
    "InfoTip"="Launch Internet Explorer Browser"
    "LocalizedString"="Internet Explorer"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1e01a7c5-5c23-4d8f-8e5d-63ce3138e25d}\DefaultIcon]
    @="\"%ProgramFiles%\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe\",0"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1e01a7c5-5c23-4d8f-8e5d-63ce3138e25d}\shell]
    @="OpenHomePage"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1e01a7c5-5c23-4d8f-8e5d-63ce3138e25d}\shell\OpenHomePage]
    @="Open Home Page"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1e01a7c5-5c23-4d8f-8e5d-63ce3138e25d}\shell\OpenHomePage\Command]
    @=hex(2):22,00,25,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,46,00,69,00,6c,\
      00,65,00,73,00,25,00,5c,00,49,00,6e,00,74,00,65,00,72,00,6e,00,65,00,74,00,\
      20,00,45,00,78,00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,72,00,5c,00,69,00,65,00,78,\
      00,70,00,6c,00,6f,00,72,00,65,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,22,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1e01a7c5-5c23-4d8f-8e5d-63ce3138e25d}\ShellFolder]
    "Attributes"=dword:00000024
    "HideFolderVerbs"=""

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{1e01a7c5-5c23-4d8f-8e5d-63ce3138e25d}]
    @="Internet Explorer"

     

    Good Luck!

    Wednesday, August 06, 2008 4:53 PM
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    Wow, well that actually worked hawke!  Now the only think it's missing is the Properties selection on the drop down menu.  If it had that it would be just like having the original icon.  At least I don't have to have a silly shortcut on the desktop now.  Any idea how to get the original properties selection?

     

    Best,

     

    Forrest

     

    Wednesday, August 06, 2008 6:53 PM
  • Haven't figured that out yet. Everything MS had me do didn't work so I came up with this work around. I was just looking to get the icon back on the DT so my teachers and students wouldn't freak out!

    Thursday, August 07, 2008 11:20 AM
  • Well, I accidentally dragged the IE icon that I created with hawke's reg tweak (above) to the trash yesterday, so I ran the tweak again to get it back.  Well, this time the tweak didn't work!?!? Why would it work the first time, and never again.  Any ideas, this is driving me bonkers!

     

    fvulteeAThotmailDOTcom

     

     

    Sunday, November 23, 2008 12:53 PM
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    • Proposed as answer by Steven Park Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:03 PM
    Sunday, November 30, 2008 3:50 PM
  • Solution:
    Add-Remove programs, Add/remove Windows Components, uncheck Internet Explorer, click next.
    This will effectively remove IE.
    Then
    Add/remove Windows Components, re-check Internet Explorer, click next
    This will re-add and reset the registry.
    This will NOT remove/un-install IE, as we all know that can't be done.

    If someone has a registry watcher that runs before/after this process, you'll find the corrections.
    I don't have one.

    Cheers!
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:08 PM