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Windows 7: Is it possible to stop programs placing icons?

27 Aug 2012   #1
microbillgates

MS Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Is it possible to stop programs placing icons?

As you all know when you install a program you mainly get a desktop icon.

Is it possible to stop program installers putting icons on my desktop?


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27 Aug 2012   #2
dothackjhe

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (desktop) / x64 (laptop)
 
 

It depends on the software you're installing. Some has the option to toggle on or off the placement of an icon on the desktop while on the menu of installation.
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27 Aug 2012   #3
microbillgates

MS Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

So is there no way to stop program installers placing desktop icons if there is no option
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27 Aug 2012   #4
dothackjhe

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (desktop) / x64 (laptop)
 
 

I think so especially on those programmed to be the case. I can't see any trouble with it at all though as you can always delete any icons on your desktop in case one appeared after installation of any programs.
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27 Aug 2012   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

While I can see a program installing an icon on one's desktop being an irritant, it takes all of one second to drag it to the Recycle Bin. What I find really irritating are the program installers that try to sneak a tool bar past you or change your brower's home page, especially when they hide it behind a normal install.
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27 Aug 2012   #6
dothackjhe

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (desktop) / x64 (laptop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
While I can see a program installing an icon on one's desktop being an irritant, it takes all of one second to drag it to the Recycle Bin. What I find really irritating are the program installers that try to sneak a tool bar past you or change your brower's home page, especially when they hide it behind a normal install.
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Same.
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