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Windows 7: Remove system "Favorites" desktop icon

31 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Remove system "Favorites" desktop icon

How to: Remove system "Favorites" icon from Windows 7 desktop


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31 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm not really sure what this means.
How to: Remove system "Favorites" icon from Windows 7 desktop. What is a system Favorites icon? When you left click on this icon what opens?
If you have installed a icon on your desktop and no longer want it just drag and drop to recycle bin. This works most of the time. You can also right click on it and go to delete, this also works most of the time. Get back and let us know how thing are going.
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31 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The system Favorites Icon is distinguishable by an open folder containing a star. It initially contains 21 files in 4 folders (supplied by HP):
  • Bookmarks Toolbar Folder
  • Favorites Bar
  • HP
  • Websites for United States
Deleting the folder results in the following error:
Could not find this item

This is no longer located in C:\Users\User\Desktop. Verify the item's location
and try again.
I deleted all the file contents, all four HP folders and all but four user (now empty) folders:
  • Financial - Data, Tools
  • Government, Politics & War
  • Health & Fitness
  • Media
which give the same "Could not find ... no longer located ... etc" deletion error.

I've considered creating another user and copying all the user files to her and then deleting the original user but would prefer to correct the registry.

SevenForums does provide:
Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Forums
Nov 14, 2009 ... How to Add or Remove "Favorites" from the Windows 7 Navigation Pane. ... How to Change the Active Navigation Folder Icon in Windows 7 How to Show or Not ... Keyboard Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution ...
www.sevenforums.com/.../38933-favorites-add-remove-navigation-pane.html
but this does not address my problem.

I've used the .reg file in Libraries - Add or Remove - Windows 7 Forums <http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/184056-remove-system-favorites-desktop-icon.html#post1559761> to add the Libraries Desktop Icon which led me to hope for registry instructions.

Please let me know if you need more information. Thanks,
~wlf
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31 Aug 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello WLF,

I'm thinking you may have moved your Favorites folder into the Desktop folder by mistake. Double check using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to make sure that your C:\Users\(user-name)\Favorites folder is showing it at it's default location.

User Folders - Restore Default Location

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I used OPTION TWO from the tutorial User Folders - Restore Default Location to remove the "Favorites" Folder from the Windows 7 desktop. But first, I had to move the "Could not find ... no longer located ... etc" deletion error folders to another folder, eg "Trash". Now all I need discover is how to delete these "no longer located" folders!
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06 Sep 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If you are still unable to delete them normally, then the free program Unlocker may be able to allow you to delete them.
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06 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wlfoote View Post
How to: Remove system "Favorites" icon from Windows 7 desktop
Is this icon off of your desktop?
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06 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Success! The problem is solved.

The "Favorites" icon is gone from Windows 7 desktop and the free program Unlocker allowed me to delete the "no longer located" folders!
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06 Sep 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news WLF. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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