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Brad's TechTips - Windows

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Windows: Add the My Computer, My Documents, Internet Explorer and/or My Network Places Icons to the Desktop by Registry Key (and therefore Group Policy)
 
Set the following Registry keys through Group Policy to display the My Computer, My Documents, Internet Explorer and/or My Network Places icons on the desktops:
 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

 
There will be four DWORD keys within there:
 
{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} = My Network Places
{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} = My Computer
{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} = My Documents
{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} = Internet Explorer
 
Change the value of any of those keys to zero (0), and the next time a user logs on to the system, he/she will have the desired icon (the real one, not a shortcut!) This solution works in Vista as well as XP, with the exception of the My Documents icon which is different for Vista.