Classic Desktop Without Installing Desktop Experience?

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    • #43972
      hoak
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      Is there any easy way to get a classic Windows Server 2003, and Windows 7 desktop hard-link icons that also offer Explorer right-click context functionality for ‘Computer‘ and ‘Network‘ etc. without installing Desktop Experience?

    • #50311
      Arris
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      I believe you can enable/disable the various icons using the .reg file below where 0x00000001 represents the icon is invisible and 0x00000000 represents a visible icon.

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsNewStartPanel]
      "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000
      "{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}"=dword:00000000
      "{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}"=dword:00000001
      "{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}"=dword:00000001
      "{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}"=dword:00000000

      You can lookup the classid’s in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID.

      Didn’t test it, but by looking at the Process Monitor output and refreshing the registry after applying the settings, this should be the location in the registry.

      Good luck! 🙂

    • #60130
      Anonymous

      I believe you can enable/disable the various icons using the .reg file below where 0x00000001 represents the icon is invisible and 0x00000000 represents a visible icon.

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsNewStartPanel]
      "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000
      "{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}"=dword:00000000
      "{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}"=dword:00000001
      "{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}"=dword:00000001
      "{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}"=dword:00000000

      You can lookup the classid’s in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID.

      Didn’t test it, but by looking at the Process Monitor output and refreshing the registry after applying the settings, this should be the location in the registry.

      Good luck! 🙂

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