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Add My Computer to Desktop via GPO

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Other than forcing Classic Start Menu, is there a way to ensure the My Computer icon is present on the desktop via GPO?
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by:PeteJThomas
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There is no standard way of doing this using GPO, i.e. no admin templates exist to do it. You'd need to use a login script to make the changes.

I'm sure someone else on here will be able to come up with script that can do it, but scripting isn't one of my strong points unfortunately... :(

So just getting you started really! :)

Pete
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by:PeteJThomas
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This is interesting. It should be possible to use the info in here to simply add the registry key they talk about... Have a look, I'll post again in a minute...

http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/detail/7/
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by:PeteJThomas
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Hmmmm... Well I've tried using the following to add the key as the article suggests, and the key is added successfully, but hasn't actually put the icon on the desktop for me...

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"

That'll teach me for getting my hopes up won't it...
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by:parul11183
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try this attached reg file, it will work surely
save this code with .reg file, it wl surely solve ur prblm

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum]
"{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000
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by:PeteJThomas
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I've just tried adding the subkey and value etc suggested above, but it hasn't added My Computer back to my desktop either... :(
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by:parul11183
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try this first
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum]
"{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001

and then
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum]
"{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000


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by:PeteJThomas
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It worked, at first - But if I remove the tick from the 'My Computer' checkbox in Display Properties > Customize Desktop, then giving this key a value of 0 or 1 makes no difference - The icon is not there. So I've got no idea...
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parul11183 earned 1500 total points
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i m writing for windows XP, tell me if u r using some other OS,
or do one thing
write GPEDIT.MSC IN run
and check out the attached filem, for XP only
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by:PeteJThomas
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Can you please clarify for anyone that looks this question up exactly what fixed the issue?

Did changing that setting to 'Disabled' force the My Computer icon to appear? I tested this near the start of the question, and it made no difference at all, hence why I did not suggest trying it - I'm curious as to what actually happened?

Many thanks,

Pete
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