Remove Default Icons on Desktop in Windows XP

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JCKimmel

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I am trying to remove the default icons from appearing on the desktop for all users except the Local Administrator. I do need two controlling application icons on the desktop and if I put the shortcut in the All Users\Desktop folder when I log on as a user the My Computer, and My Documents icons appear also.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can supply!
 

cnm

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Do this: Start->Run->gpedit.msc to bring up the Group Policy Editor.
Then navigate to User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Desktop. On the right you will see the options to remove various icons from the desktop. If you click one of those options, helpful explanatory text appears.

Enjoy!
 

JCKimmel

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Thanks for the info, that worked!

Another question: After I set it so the default icons would not show up, they were disabled for all users, including the Administrator. Is there a way to set it so that it affects only a certain group. This is a stand alone system with no access to a network.

Thanks again!
 

cnm

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I dunno. I'd just make desktop shortcut to Windows Explorer. You can get to everything from there.
 
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