display internet explorer icon on desktop ?

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    • #44235

      not in internet options -> advanced
      and not in desktop icon settings
      rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0

      just don’t want to make a stupid shortcut, thx

    • #51707

        Here you go, import this registry file to get the real Internet Explorer icon back on your desktop in Windows Vista / 7 / 2008 and 2008 R2:

        Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


        @="Internet Explorer"




        @="Start Without Add-ons"

        @=""C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -extoff"

        @="Open &Home Page"

        @=""C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe""


        @="control.exe inetcpl.cpl"





        To remove it again, import:

        Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



        Use [localurl=/win2008/registry-tweaks#howtoreg:2g07b486]this[/localurl:2g07b486] tutorial if you don’t know what to do with these texts.

        Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • #51706

        it is kicking a$$

      • #51708

          That’s brilliant Arris! How ever do you discover or sort this out? Just looking at the keys you have there I can understand how some of it works, but not the context menu etc.

          Would it be possible to do this with the other default desktop icons you get with Desktop Experience like:

          ยท Computer
          ยท Network
          ยท Control Panel
          ยท Your Root Account Directory

          Without installing Desktop Experience?


        • #51709

            Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m already using this hack for quite a long time, but I think I discovered it somewhere on the internet.

            Isn’t it possible to open the Desktop Icon Settings window while not having installed the Desktop Experience Feature? Via Start -> Run it can be directly accessed using the command desk.cpl Web,0.

            It looks like the configuration whether desktop icons are shown is stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsNewStartPanel where you have to create REG_DWORD values. The meanings of the CLSIDs are as follows:

            {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} - Computer icon
            {59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE} - User's Files icon
            {F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} - Network icon
            {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} - Recycle Bin icon
            {5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0} - Control Panel icon

            A REG_DWORD value has to be created with value 0 if you want to show the icon, or value 1 to hide it.

            Press F5 while having the focus on your desktop to apply the new settings.

            Found this out by filtering on the rundll32.exe process in Sysinternals Process Monitor while clicking apply in the Desktop Icons Settings window.

            Hope one of these methods works for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • #51710

              Yup, works a charm!


              Just a ‘heads-up‘: the IE8 on desktp reg file above will launch the x64 iteration of IE8, you need to edit it if you want to launch the x86 iteration…


            • #51711

                @hoak wrote:

                the IE8 on desktp reg file above will launch the x64 iteration of IE8, you need to edit it if you want to launch the x86 iteration…

                Ah, thanks! Never noticed it because I always use Mozilla Firefox, but that’s good to know for the people I fix computers for as there is no x64 version of Adobe Flash Player.

                I attached both files:[attachment=1:3uwvtzdy]iexplore.reg[/attachment:3uwvtzdy][attachment=0:3uwvtzdy]x86_iexplore_for_x64.reg[/attachment:3uwvtzdy]

              • #51712

                  Just a short adendum to the IE8 x86/x64 saga; the only limitation I’m aware of in running with x64 as the main browser you link on your desktop or make convenient by placeing a shortcut where ever your particular desktop setup preferences have you putting it, is to get Flash to work you need to install the 64-Bit Flash Beta

                  There may be other limitations and compatibility issues when using IE8 x64, though I’ve never experienced any, and as far as I can tell the 64-Bit Flash Beta is well behaved, but I’m hardly the acid test for browser prowess and robustness…


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