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Internet Explorer 8 Desktop Icon in Windows 7 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Basically , where is it?  In Vista/XP, one can bring back the hidden desktop icon by going into the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartpanel (or \ClassicStartMenu) and adding/modifying the DWORD {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} to a value of '0'.  You could even add that to the same key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to make it a default for all accounts and you would get the 'special' desktop icon that would allow you to open the IE properties.

    In Windows 7, this doesn't work, so I suspect that there's something else in the Win7 registry that controls visibility of that particular desktop object. There's a Microsoft Fix at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945402/en-us that will bring back the icon in Vista and XP, but it won't run on Win7 saying that the fix isn't designed for that OS. 

    Basically, I want to continue to have this desktop icon available in my corporate deployments as I do in Vista and XP.  I do NOT want to have a lame, conventional shortcut on the desktop that only opens IE with no other functionality, I want the proper desktop object back.  Ideas anyone?

    -Tony

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 2:21 PM

Answers

  • Hi Tony,

    This information is included in KB945402

    Important Windows 7 no longer supports the ability to modify the registry to get the special Internet Explorer icon to appear on your desktop. This change was made to ensure Internet Explorer could be removed easily for compliance reasons. The only way to add the Internet Explorer icon to the desktop in Windows 7 is to create a shortcut.

    Hope it helps.
    Wednesday, October 28, 2009 7:42 AM

All replies

  • Hi Tony,

    This information is included in KB945402

    Important Windows 7 no longer supports the ability to modify the registry to get the special Internet Explorer icon to appear on your desktop. This change was made to ensure Internet Explorer could be removed easily for compliance reasons. The only way to add the Internet Explorer icon to the desktop in Windows 7 is to create a shortcut.

    Hope it helps.
    Wednesday, October 28, 2009 7:42 AM
  • Basically , where is it?  In Vista/XP, one can bring back the hidden desktop icon by going into the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartpanel (or \ClassicStartMenu) and adding/modifying the DWORD {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} to a value of '0'.  You could even add that to the same key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to make it a default for all accounts and you would get the 'special' desktop icon that would allow you to open the IE properties.

    In Windows 7, this doesn't work, so I suspect that there's something else in the Win7 registry that controls visibility of that particular desktop object. There's a Microsoft Fix at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945402/en-us that will bring back the icon in Vista and XP, but it won't run on Win7 saying that the fix isn't designed for that OS. 

    Basically, I want to continue to have this desktop icon available in my corporate deployments as I do in Vista and XP.  I do NOT want to have a lame, conventional shortcut on the desktop that only opens IE with no other functionality, I want the proper desktop object back.  Ideas anyone?

    -Tony

    Dear Tony

    I've been  using XP pro for the past 5 years,Last week I got a new laptop with Windows 7 Pro and I wasn't comfortable with IE8 shortcut so I tried to find a solution and I came with this one..Tested and it is working fine

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/disable-shortcut-icon-arrow-overlay-in-windows-vista/

    Regards

    Abusin

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010 6:18 AM
  • http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15206/how-to-restore-the-real-internet-explorer-desktop-icon-in-windows-7/
    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP (since 2003) for Windows Desktop Experience. The Winhelponline Blog http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/ (Windows 7/Vista/XP Troubleshooting)
    Friday, April 23, 2010 3:27 AM
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  • http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15206/how-to-restore-the-real-internet-explorer-desktop-icon-in-windows-7/
    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP (since 2003) for Windows Desktop Experience. The Winhelponline Blog http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/ (Windows 7/Vista/XP Troubleshooting)


    Hi,

    I just got this machine and it came preloaded with Windows 7 64Bit Home Premium and was wondering how to get the IE icon back on the desktop.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/RealInternetExplorerIcon.zip

    Do you know if the above zip file on the web site you suggest works? Will it cause any problems and how do I undo the changes it makes?

    Thanks.

    • Proposed as answer by wiyono4 Wednesday, March 2, 2011 4:44 PM
    Sunday, February 6, 2011 2:11 AM
  • My system:  Windows 7 Ultimate w/SP 1

    Many have said that it is impossible to use a registry fix to restore the IE desktop icon.  Not true ...

    There is a registry fix that successfully restored the "original" desktop icon for IE [aka the desktop icon we were accustomed to in XP ... not a shortcut but the "original" desktop icon with the expected behavior of "right-mouse-click -> Properties" results in display of the Internet Properties dialog box].

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15206/how-to-restore-the-real-internet-explorer-desktop-icon-in-windows-7/

    I analyzed the RegEdit file before running it ... it looked legitimate (i.e. did not remove or modify an already existant CLSID key, etc.).  I ran the RegEdit file, checked the new entries as a cynical sanity check, pressed F5 on my desktop, and Viola ... the "original" desktop icon was there.  In case you were wondering, this does not add a desktop icon option in the Desktop Icon Settings dialog box.

    The RegEdit file was A-OK when I checked at the time of this writing.  I highly recommend you carefully analyze your download before running it.

    • Proposed as answer by InTech99 Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:49 PM
    Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:46 PM