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Removing a Desktop Icon in Visat after Removing the Program

By wsmm ·
With XP it didn't matter wheter you removed the program or the desktop shortcut first, it worked both ways. Removed a program in Vista Home Premium then went to remove the desktop icon and it won't let me. How short of re-installing the progra can I remove the desktop short cut.

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Bill

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Remove Pesky Desktop Icons.

WARNING!!!!. Be careful when you do any changes in the registry, you can make your computer unstable or unusable.
Please make a backup first. :)

Registry Editing Tips

There are some annoying icons that sitting on your desktop that you find you don't even touched at all. Removing some of these can't be any better. The easy way is to make a few Registry changes. Run your registry editor, and go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.

Let's say you want to remove the ?Network Neighborhood? icon. With the above key highlighted, right click anywhere in the Registry field, select New, and click DWORD, to create a new entry. Name it NoNetHood When you set its value to 1 and then reboot, the Network Neighborhood desktop icon will be gone! To restore this icon on your desktop, change its value to 0. The good thing about this trick is that you can apply it to all your Desktop system icons.
To make changes to any other unwanted icon, go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}.

Within this key, each system icon has its own CLSID key (Class ID), a 16 byte value which identifies an individual object) that points to a corresponding key in the Registry:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}

To delete an icon, remove the 16 byte CLSID value within NameSpace. To change an icon name, change the value of its sister CLSID key:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}\DefaultIcon

Therefore, the Network Neighborhood correspondent keys would be:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

and respectively:
KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

Here are the CLSID keys for all Windows 95/98/NT system icons:
Briefcase {85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}

Desktop {00021400-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

Control Panel {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

Dial-Up Networking {992CFFA0-F557-101A-88EC-00DD010CCC48}

Fonts {BD84B380-8CA2-1069-AB1D-08000948F534}

Inbox {00020D76-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

The Internet {FBF23B42-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8}

My Computer {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Network Neighborhood {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

Printers {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}

Recycle Bin {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

The Microsoft Network {00028B00-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}

Url History Folder {FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}

You can use the method above for any system icon you want to modify/delete. Go to the CLSID key you want to modify and change its DefaultIcon subkey. Recycle Bin makes an exception, its ?Default? value lists the full pathname of the file that contains the corresponding icon. However, the easy way out to change the icons of My Computer, Network Neighborhood or Recycle Bin is the Plus! tab (Windows 95) or Effects (Windows 9 on the Display settings
I recommend you DO NOT remove the My Computer icon. It will cause you some system instability.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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