troubleshooting Question

How to display computername and/or username on 2008 R2 desktop

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I'm accustomed to configuring the desktop My Computer icon to rename "Computer" to My %computername% or %username% on %computername% by editing the LocalizedString value under CLSID {20D0...}. I do that to give a user (or myself via RDP) an immediate look at the name of the computer to which he or she is connected. Real helpful to me for phone support or term server shadowing when I have a bunch of windows open.

With 2008 R2, the icon is removed by default, although there is a way to get the Computer icon back (

However, I can't figure out how to change that icon name as I could in the old days. I want to display %computername% and preferably %username% as well on the desktop. Doesn't have to be via renaming the Computer icon, but that worked well in the past.

Suggestions? Thanks.
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