Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hiding or Displaying Default Desktop icons

The default desktop icons can be hidden or displayed using the registry or Group policy. However, before they can be managed using Group Policy the icons must have the following registry keys present.

{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} - My Computer
{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} - My Documents
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} - My Network Places
{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} - Internet Explorer
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} - Recycle Bin

A DWORD value of 0 displays the icon, 1 hides the icon.
Setting this value in HKCU takes precedence over HKLM.

To hide the icons from the Start Menu add the Key and value to - \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu To hide the icons from the Desktop add the Key and value to - \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

1 comment:

Jacob said...

I was initially confused by this post but got it in the end.

Changes to (\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu) will hide desktop icons when using the classic startmenu.

Changes to (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel) will hide desktop icons when using the new Startmenu.

To hide items from the startmenu itself changes should be made to \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced