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Display general Windows icons on the desktop.

This setting enables the display of general Windows Icons.

Tweak for : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
The icons on the desktop can be displayed or hidden according to your choice. Sometimes, you may have to press the key F5 to refresh the changes.
This setting enables the display of general Windows Icons but this requires some changes in the Windows registry.

For this, go to Start > Run menu, enter “regedit” and navigate to the registry path listed below. Here, create the subkeys with their respective GUIDs that you want to show on desktop. However, if you want to get the original state of desktop, delete the added subkeys.

Icon Name

GUID
Recycle Bin
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
Printer
{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
Scheduled Tasks
{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}
Outlook
{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
MSN Icon
{88667D10-10F0-11D0-8150-00AA00BF8457}
MSN Icon (2.x only)
{00028B00-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
AOL Desktop Icon
{955B7B84-5308-419c-8ED8-0B9CA3C56985}
Dial-up and Network
{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}
My Bluetooth Places (Widcomm)
{6af09ec9-b429-11d4-a1fb-0090960218cb}

The changes take effect after a restart or logoff.

Show Generic Windows Icons on desktop.reg

The '.reg' file will show Generic Windows Icons on desktop.

Hide Generic Windows Icons on desktop (Default).reg

The '.reg' file will hide Generic Windows Icons on desktop.

Apply registry settings according below given steps of screenshots with related changes.

General Windows icons are visible on the Desktop.

Default Windows icons are visible on the Desktop.

First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".

Second, go to the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\] key, right-click and click on "New > Key" to create a new key with the name "{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}".

The created key '{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}' will look like below.

Similarly, create the keys "{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}", "{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}", "{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}", "{88667D10-10F0-11D0-8150-00AA00BF8457}", "{00028B00-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}", "{955B7B84-5308-419c-8ED8-0B9CA3C56985}", "{992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}" and "{6af09ec9-b429-11d4-a1fb-0090960218cb}".

Hide the “Accessibility Options” system icon in Control Panel (For Windows 98/Me).

Category : Display > Fonts & Icons

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting, you can hide the “Accessibility Options” system icon from the current applets group.

Hide the “Modems” system icon in Control Panel (For Windows 98/Me).

Category : Display > Fonts & Icons

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting, you can hide the “Modems” system icon from the current applets group.

Hide the “Scanners and Cameras” system icon in Control Panel (For Windows 98/Me).

Category : Display > Fonts & Icons

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting, you can hide the “Scanners and Cameras” system icon from the current applets group.

Hide the “Telephony” system icon in Control Panel (For Windows 98/Me).

Category : Display > Fonts & Icons

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting, you can hide the “Telephony” system icon from the current applets group.

Hide the “Add/Remove Programs” system icon in Control Panel (For Windows 98/Me).

Category : Display > Fonts & Icons

You can customize the display of the Control Panel applets. With this setting, you can hide the “Add/Remove Programs” system icon from the current applets group.

 
 
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