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HOW DO YOU ADD DESKTOP ICONS TO A 2008 server

What happened to the personalization in 2008 R2?

HOW DO YOU ADD DESKTOP ICONS TO A 2008 server
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If you click on Start and then type "show desktop icons" in the search box, then choose "Show or hide common icons on the desktop" that will enable you to add icons to the desktop.
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Go to Start, and right-click on the icon you want to have on the Desktop and choose Show on Desktop.  (Does not work with Network.)
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What is wrong with the comment I posted before Justin that does not require software to be installed?
The answer selected is NOT right.  You do NOT need Desktop Experience installed in order to set Desktop icons.  Any of the other answers would have been right.
How can you say that.  I did exactly as the link stated and it worked fine.
Did you actually try the way I had described?
@alanhardisty:  No sir I didn't and I apologize.  I just tried it an it would have worked and would of been easier.  I don't know why I tried the other choice first.  Please accept my apology.  You've helped me many times before.

My bad  :-(
No problems - just wanted to make sure my comment was not being overlooked.

It generally pays to work from the top of a question down in terms of suggestions and if they don't work - you move on to the next one until something does.

Either way - there are several solutions here that seem to work - but the installation of extra Windows software is not strictly necessary (and I even did this on my Windows 2008 R2 server as I was typing to make sure the advice given was accurate).

No worries.  Maybe next time.

Have a Great New Year's Eve / 2011

Best wishes

Alan
Thanks and Happy New Year to you.
I also didn't mean to question whether it resolved your issue or not - it will too.  That's just the hard way ... it isn't required to install Desktop Experience and get your icons after a reboot - it is actually as easy as a couple of clicks.  Desktop Experience gives you some other cool stuff too (Aero, etc.).  Either way ... as long as you got your question figured out.  Happy New Year!
No problem.  Have a Great New Year.