How to remove "Libraries" folder from desktop

I am trying to restrict our users desktop (Windows7) to a minimum of applications/ visible folders, et.c., and things starts to look fine. However, we have this folder at the users desktop, called Biblioteker (in Norwegian), which might be translated to Libraries (a direct translation).

Do anyone know this folder, and can it be removed by a GPO?

Kind regards
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FulfilmentAuthor Commented:
'Removed' might be removed, hidden or made unavailable to the user in any way. The point is that the user should have no way to open it.
Libraries folder is the place that you put the most frequent objects you access during working with your computer or  can be used as a categorizing point to your computer's contents . Well im not sure about the GPO's ability on the availability of this folder , but seems that Policy must be able to apply any access / restriction to the users.
windows 7 you don't have method to remove Libraries. Because it is integrated with the windows shell and you can not remove or disable it.

may be you can do a registry tweak to achieve the goal.
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I don't know why you would have Libraries on your desktop as an icon unless you put it there, for it is not a standard desktop icon, as you can see by right clicking on your desktop, selecting Personalize from the context menu, then click on Change Desktop Icons in the left pane of the window that opens up.  Libraries can be removed from the Windows Explorer navigation (left) pane by a registry tweak detailed on the following page.  At the bottom of the article there is also a link to a registry tweak that completely removes the Libraries feature from the Windows 7 OS:

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FulfilmentAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot! That did the job. I might try to deploy the registry etingby gpo.
I do not know why the Libraries icon appears. We certainly don't add it to the desktops.

Thanks a lot for the solution!

Kind regards...
I have tried to apply this registry tweak via a group policy preference setting, but it fails because the user does not have permission to change the "Attributes" DWORD value.  Does anyone know a way round this?  I need to apply the gpo to a large set of school users.
Paul CorathersOffice Manager/OwnerCommented:
I had the same issue,  It did not work for me either. BUT if you follow the instuctions to the "T".  Please reread  - first right click on the key "shellfolder" and change the permissions then you can edit,  It should work. It did for me!
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