Desktop Icons disabled

Posted on 2008-06-22
Last Modified: 2010-05-18

On a xp workstation that was installed by an external company no desktop icons are displayed.
No local GPO settings are enabled or tools are runing.
What settings in registry could prevent desktop icons to hide?

Question by:jesaja
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dshroutait earned 100 total points
ID: 21841609
Just to make sure right click on the desktop and go to view, make sure Show Desktop Icons is checked.
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rynox earned 100 total points
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Right click on the desktop -> Arrange Icons By -> Show Desktop Icons
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BillDL earned 50 total points
ID: 21842040
Are you looking for My Computer, etc?

If the above doesn't work, then:

Right-Click Desktop > Properties > Desktop tab > Customize Desktop button.
Check the icons you wish to see and those that you don't.

While you are at it, uncheck the annoying "Desktop Cleanup" thing that is designed for lazy people who dump all kinds of junk on their desktop and can't be bothered to keep it tidy.

You might also like to check and see if TweakUI is installed.  That has options that alow you to customize a lot of settings.  Start Menu > Programs > Power Toys for Xp > TweakUI.

The following looks as though it controls whether the 4 standard Desktop icons are hidden or shown.  1 to hide, and 0 to show.  Shown for Currently logged on user and Local machine.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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Expert Comment

ID: 21842048
What I mean is:
=dword:00000001  to hide
=dword:00000000  to show
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ID: 21842072
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} =  My Computer
{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} = My Documents
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} = My Network Places
{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} = Internet Explorer

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31469560
I actual never realized that there is an pointless option like this and so easy. Something like this should be appled only by GPO. But also thanks for BillDL as for your detailed information.
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Expert Comment

ID: 21848870
Thank you jesaja.

I agree, there are loads of pointless options in Windows.  Are you sure you an't apply that by GPO?  I don't have much experience in that area, but it surprises me.

This is a great resource for finding the registry keys and values that many Windows "policies" are set from:

Just choose the appropriate category and check which version of Windows they apply to before using.

You will find many of the security related settings here:

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