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Windows 7: Make My Computer First icon on Desktop


08 Nov 2009   #1

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Make My Computer First icon on Desktop

If you place both the My Computer and User icons on the desktop, the User folder becomes the first icon on restart. WinXP powertoy Teak UI had a fix for this (scroll down to First Icon) "you can use the options on the First Icon page to specify which of these icons you want to appear in the upper-left corner of the desktop"

Any similar tweak or registry adjustment to do the same thing in Win 7?

I would assume that Tweak UI edited the registry to force this behavior. How can I find out what registry settings Tweak UI modified?

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08 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I don't know if this will do the same thing, but you can try it Ultimate Windows Tweaker v2, a Tweak UI for Windows 7 & Vista | The Windows Club
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08 Nov 2009   #3

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
I don't know if this will do the same thing, but you can try it Ultimate Windows Tweaker v2, a Tweak UI for Windows 7 & Vista | The Windows Club
I have tried that, but didn't see an option for the first icon on the desktop.
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08 Nov 2009   #4

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nabilalk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
I don't know if this will do the same thing, but you can try it Ultimate Windows Tweaker v2, a Tweak UI for Windows 7 & Vista | The Windows Club
I have tried that, but didn't see an option for the first icon on the desktop.
I found this post which tells how to do this in XP by editing the value data for SortOrderIndex. When I change the value from the default (48) to 54, I get this error "Cannot edit SortOrderIndex: Error writing the value's new contents"

I tried editing the permissions and I received an Access denied message. Any ideas?
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08 Nov 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I have my computer, program icons, and personal folder shortcuts on my desktop. I put My computer first, I deleted all the check marks that are shown when you right click on desktop and go to sort by. Everything stays in place.
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08 Nov 2009   #6

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I have my computer, program icons, and personal folder shortcuts on my desktop. I put My computer first, I deleted all the check marks that are shown when you right click on desktop and go to sort by. Everything stays in place.
Upon restart User and My Computer order switches for me.

This article gives instructions that worked with XP. The registry key in question: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\]
right-click on DWORD value "SortOrderIndex" and click on 'Modify'.

I am unable to modify the value due to permission issues. And I'm unable to give my username (which is an administrator account) Full permissions for this key. Is this locked by the system or can I gain access to it some how?
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08 Nov 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Did you read this tutorial? Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User Accounts
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08 Nov 2009   #8

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Did you read this tutorial? Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User Accounts
I tried that as well and access is denied even using the administrator account. I can't edit the permissions or add full control.
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08 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Did you try a previous suggestion? Right-click your desktop and uncheck align to grid and any other options. Arrange them on the desktop and reboot. Otherwise try an app that saves your desktop icons:

Desktop Icon Save and Restore

It just might work.
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08 Nov 2009   #10

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Did you try a previous suggestion? Right-click your desktop and uncheck align to grid and any other options. Arrange them on the desktop and reboot. Otherwise try an app that saves your desktop icons:

Desktop Icon Save and Restore

It just might work.
I tried the uncheck solution. When I reboot, the My Computer and User folders switch placement. I will check out Desktop Icon Save and Restore. But what I would really like to do is to be able to change that registry value that I can't seem to gain full write access to.
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