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Windows 7: Remove desktop icons


06 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Remove desktop icons

I would like to remove the Librariers and Homegroup icons from the desktop. Since they are not shortcuts, I do not want to delete them. Desktop Icon Settings does not allow for these two to be removed--the icons are not offered.

Mark

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06 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markg2 View Post
I would like to remove the Librariers and Homegroup icons from the desktop. Since they are not shortcuts, I do not want to delete them. Desktop Icon Settings does not allow for these two to be removed--the icons are not offered.

Mark
Try moving them into the "User's Files" folder. That should get them off the desktop. Then you can uncheck "User's Files" if you don't want to see that folder.
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06 Nov 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mark,

These tutorials can help show you how to remove them.

HomeGroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove

and

Libraries Desktop Icon - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Nov 2009   #4

windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Homegroup and Libraries Desktop Icon removal

Windows7 Home Premium
After hours of being annoyed........

1. Homegroup Icon:
open my computer, control panel, system and security, administrative tools, services, then scroll down to: homeGroup listener and homeGroup provider, disable both. close out, log off. the icon should be gone when you log back on.

2. Libraries Icon: carefully.......please, if no experience in registry get help.

go to: start, run, type in: regedit, select the HKEY_Local_Machine key, navigate down finding: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
You will see several hexadecimal strings, select each one in turn, and the right pane will show you which icon is being selected. my library icon was the very first string and showed two lines on the right side of the page, first being: usersLibraries and the second being: remove message.

when you find the appropriate library string, make a new folder in your my documents named: registry back up, then highlight the string on the left, go up to the top left of the registry page and click on, file then export. save the registry file in your new folder location. I also saved the two files on the right side of the page and named them what they were called on the page, so I would know what they were. (not sure I had to but did)

After saving the registry files, next you can delete the string you have highlighted on the left which in turn, shows the name userLibraries (on the right side of the page).

Poof it is finally Gone! and always available in your saved folder
Microsoft really irritates me

Hope this helps, Lin
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15 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks--I used the links that Brink had posted in a previous message.

Mark
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15 Nov 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted Mark.
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05 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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