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IE7 Desktop icon

    Question

  • With Service Pack 3 slipstreamed onto XP Pro (a "clean" install), after IE7 is installed, the IE7 desktop icon is missing from the group of check boxes for desktop icons. The other three are still there; My Documents, My Network Places, and My computer.

     

    Display Properties - Desktop - Customize Desktop (Desktop Items box) - Desktop Icons

     

    The IE7 Advanced Properties no longer include the option to show, or not show, the IE desktop icon, which is not the same as the IE Start Menu (classic start menu) or Quick Launch icon (shortcut/link). The IE Desktop icon is nice to be able to right-click on because it takes you to the Internet Options dialogue box.

     

    If you (try to) delete the IE7 desktop icon, you get the warning popup box;

    "Are you sure you want to delete the Internet Explorer icon from your desktop?
    To restore it later, go to Display in Control Panel."

     

    Usually I would either select/deselect it using the Desktop Icons check box. Maybe it will reappear there if I delete it.
    NO, it doesn't! You cannot restore it later from "Display in Control Panel" because it isn't there. Now it is lost and gone forever...

     

    If you use the BIG and highly decorated default Start Menu, the IE7 icon is there, and so is the check box option to show it or not. As a tech, I prefer the Classic menu.

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 2:52 PM

Answers

  • Hi Beer,

     

    Copy the following registry setting, save as registry (*.reg) file, and merge. Refresh the desktop.

     

    For Current User Usage (BIG and highly decorated default Start Menu)

     

    Code Snippet

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

     

     

    For Local Machine Usage (BIG and highly decorated default Start Menu)

     

    Code Snippet

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

     

     

     

     

    Classic Start Menu (For Current User Usage)

     

    Code Snippet

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

     

     

    Classic Start Menu (For Local Machine Usage)

     

    Code Snippet

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

     

     

    Regards,

    Thomas

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 3:13 PM

All replies

  • Hi Beer,

     

    Copy the following registry setting, save as registry (*.reg) file, and merge. Refresh the desktop.

     

    For Current User Usage (BIG and highly decorated default Start Menu)

     

    Code Snippet

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

     

     

    For Local Machine Usage (BIG and highly decorated default Start Menu)

     

    Code Snippet

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

     

     

     

     

    Classic Start Menu (For Current User Usage)

     

    Code Snippet

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

     

     

    Classic Start Menu (For Local Machine Usage)

     

    Code Snippet

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000

     

     

    Regards,

    Thomas

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 3:13 PM
  • Nice work there Thomas! I applaud your efforts...

    As a tech, I have already been there, done that, got the icon. My concern is, I am a tech who quite often gets machines that need a clean install (my record breaker is a box that had at least 60% of 54,000 files infected with almost every virus known).

    When I do a clean install on any such system for a customer with the final release (RTM) version of SP3, I need to know that all the bugs are worked out, because the customer will blame me, not Bill (MSFT). If I had been selected to beta test the service pack, I would not be using this forum to get the bugs reported to the SP3 team. Most end users are not going to find this forum, and even if they did, they would not be able to fix it themselves.

     

    It is my sincere hope that this is the best service pack ever produced. As I.T. specialists, geeks, gurus, software junkies, whatever, we need to get the bugs reported so the fix will be included in the service pack, and not have to be applied by a registry hack later...

     

    BTW: The BIG and highly decorated default Start Menu does not have the problem, as I mentioned, it is the desktop icon which cannot be replaced using the method mentioned in the shortcut deletion warning.

     

    Nice work though.

     

    Regards, BC

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:21 PM
  • Hello

     

    How can I enable the default icon for IE7?

     

    I have tested everthing with the reg settings, but nothing can help.

    It is a new setup of windows xp with all HF and SP3

     

    Thanks for any help.

     

    Kind regards

    Dani

    Wednesday, July 09, 2008 10:46 PM