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Windows 7: Spurious Desktop Icon

16 Sep 2010   #1
Muirfield

 
 
Spurious Desktop Icon

I was working with IObit Toolbox. I don't know quite what I did but I now have and icon on my desktop for 'Administration Tools'.This is not a 'shortcut' (no little arrow). If I right click I get the following options; Open - Search Everything - Win Zip - Create Shortcut. I cannot find a way to get rid of this icon. I cannot delete it. Can anyone help?
HP Desktop with Windows 7 PRO
Tony


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16 Sep 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

This is how to add it
To remove it just delete this from registry
Windows Tips & Tricks: Add The Administrative Tools Icon To The Desktop

Note
Have a backup of registry first
Make a system restore too

I have not tested this, a wrong change to registry can cause problems.
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16 Sep 2010   #3
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I never used said toolbox so I can't be sure.
But in case that icon is some Namespace object.
You could delete it through the registry:
Navigate to

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

and check the subkeys to see if one of them says something about Administration Tools or IOBit Toolbox.
if you find nothing there, check under

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

Like always: Working in the registry only with all necessary precautions because it's the best place to hose your Windows installation completely.

Good luck
-DG

OOPS : Too slow..richc beat me to it
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16 Sep 2010   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a small thought. Can you just drag and drop to recycle bin.
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17 Sep 2010   #5
Muirfield

 
 

No drag and drop did not work but following richc46 worked like a charm
Many thanks
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17 Sep 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

We all volunteer our time to help others, Each one of us has such a good feeling when our efforts are successful. Thanks for reporting.
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