Operating System Windows How to Remove Desktop Icons in Windows XP and Windows 2000
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If you want to remove the desktop, of course, we mean to remove the system default icons such as "My Computer", "My Documents", "My Network Places" and Internet Explorer icons. This article show you how to remove and restore these desktop icons in different Windows system.

Remove Desktop or Restore Desktop In Windows XP:

  1. Click "Start" > "Control Panel".

  2. Double click "Display", select the "Desktop" tab, then click "Customize Desktop".

  3. Click to select the check box to display desktop items or click to unselect the check box to clear the desktop items.

  4. Apply the changes will remove the desktop icons or restore the desktop icons.

Remove Desktop Icons In Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0:

  1. Click "Start" > "Run", input "Regedit.exe" or "Regedt32.exe" in the prompt dialog box, then press "Enter".

  2. When the "Registry Editor" opened, select the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" key.

  3. Under the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" key, navigate to the following location:
     SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerDesktopNameSpace

     You see several hexadecimal strings called CLSIDs. Select each one in turn, and the right pane will show you which icon is being selected.
  4. When you have the appropriate icon entry selected for the icon you want to remove from the desktop, export the key by using the Export Registry File command on the Registry menu. You need to choose a path and file name under which to save the file.
  5. After the key has been exported, you can delete the icon entry to remove it from the desktop. Click Yes in the confirmation box to complete the icon deletion process.
  6. Quit "Registry Editor", log off, and then log back on to your computer. You will find the icons have been removed from the desktop.

Restore Desktop Icons In Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0:

  1. Click "Start" > "Run", input "Regedit.exe" or "Regedt32.exe" in the prompt dialog box, then press "Enter".

  2. When the "Registry Editor" opened, select the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" key.

  3. Under the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" key, navigate to the following location:
     SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerDesktopNameSpace

  4. Select NameSpace.

  5. On the Registry menu, click Import Registry File, and type the path to the location of the registry file that was exported in the preceding procedure.

  6. Select the file name to which the registry key was saved, click Open, and then click OK.

  7. Quit Registry Editor, log off, and then log back on to the computer, you would find icons have been replaced back onto the desktop.

Remove or Restore Desktop Internet Explorer In Windows 2000:

  1. In Internet Explorer, click Internet Options on the Tools menu.
  2. On the Advanced tab, click to clear the Show Internet Explorer on the Desktop check box under Browsing, and then click OK.

NOTE: The registry change described in this article does not work in Windows 2000.

Also Important: The above method to remove or restore the desktop icons contains knowledges on Windows registry operations. The registry is a center database of Windows, sometimes to modify the registry data incorrectly might cause serious problems to Windows. Therefore, to take these steps carefully and better to backup the whole registry data before you make any changes to it. You could have the system fixed by restore the back up data back to the registry if there are some prlblem occurs by your modification.

To remove the desktop icons in Windows Vista, see this article: http://codeback.net/how-to-remove-desktop-in-windows-vista .
 


Operating system - Windows