No way to restore removed desktop icon


Hi AR. Deleting the icon doesn't delete the registration - it ADDs a key modifying the SFGAO flags. We need to add the removal of this key to the MSI so that uninstall/reinstall can get it back, as well as a remove message telling folks the needed steps to get it back.

Run this command to get it back.

reg delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID{E48ABDCD-0DE7-4C5A-91EB-13D6E81506F0} /f



AR wrote Aug 31, 2007 at 12:03 AM

Thanks James.

It would be nice if there was a way to hide the icon from actual Desktop, so it would only show up in Explorer (various system Desktop icons do this -- by default Computer, Network and Control Panel).

Take care,Asa

AR wrote Aug 31, 2007 at 12:08 AM

OH, and when you add this to the setup, it would be good for the "Repair" option of course to remove this key, too.

For anyone who had the same problem and is reading this, the "/f" in the command line James supplied needs to go at the end for it to succeed.

JamesFinnigan wrote Aug 31, 2007 at 1:16 AM

I'm not sure about the repair option. I generally don't love it when repair chucks a bunch of my personalization. This is still probably a reasonable choice for repairing, though.

sorry about the typo.

I agree that would be nice - I'll look into what it takes to appear in that list.

wrote Aug 31, 2007 at 1:17 AM

AR wrote Aug 31, 2007 at 1:21 AM

I see that the install option regarding "hiding" does control whether it shows on the Desktop or not without effecting it's appearance in explorer windows... so I partly take back my suggestion to have this option! Only bonuses would be if it were clearer in the install that that is what the option did, and an interface to configure this behavior. If it showed up with other system icons in the "Change Desktop icons" dialog (and was documented to be there), that would be great!

wrote Feb 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM