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Unused Desktop Icons Group policy

All right, I am annoyed.

It's time to get rid of that little flag in the system tray that says, "There are unused icons on your desktop". Then, when you click on it, the tool wants to delete every icon on your desktop.

Enough already!!! I will remove desktop Icons when I feel the need. And quit deleting the icons that we do use.

A group policy to quell the overwhelming desire to beat my monitor with the keyboard every time I see that flag would be nice.

Anyone know off the top of their head? Thanks in advance for the assistance.
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Go to Start-Run and then  enter "gpedit.msc"
then disable it in the following:
  1. Local Computer Policy
  2. User Configuration
  3. Administrative Templates
  4. Desktop
  5. Remove the Desktop Cleanup  wizard - change to not configured
Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
Most Valuable Expert 2014
This is for XP so I don't know if it's good for Windows Server.  http://www.ehow.com/how_5334914_turn-desktop-message-windows-xp.html

Right click the desktop, select Properties, Customise Desktop, Properties, switch off "Run desktop cleanup wizard every 60 days", then select OK, OK.""



Thanks for pointing me to the right GPO. That was perfect.

In order for it to work, you have to "Enable" that policy. Not configured and disabled makes the cleanup wizard scan every 60 days according to the description of the policy.


Group Policy will work.

For individuals, Dave's advice will work.

Thanks to both of you. GPO is in place.