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Windows 7: Internet Explorer Desktop Icon - Create in Windows 7

Internet Explorer Desktop Icon - Create in Windows 7

How to Create and Add a "Internet Explorer" Desktop Icon in Windows 7
Published by Brink
07 Jun 2011
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How to Create and Add a "Internet Explorer" Desktop Icon in Windows 7

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This will show you how to create a Internet Explorer (IE) desktop icon in Windows 7 that has Open Home Page, Start Without Add-ons, Start InPrivate Browsing, and Properties that opens "Internet Options" included in it's context menu.

This Internet Explorer desktop icon will only be added to the desktop of the user that runs the REG files below.


EXAMPLE: Internet Explorer Desktop Icon in Windows 7
NOTE: This also shows the right click context menu.
Name:  IE_Desktop_Icon.jpg
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Here's How:
NOTE: Using either REG file download below will override any of them.
1. To Add 32-bit IE Desktop Icon in 32-bit Windows 7
NOTE: Use this option if you have 32-bit Windows 7 installed on your computer.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
ADD_32-bit_W7_IE_Desktop_Icon.reg

download
B) Go to step 5.
2. To Add 32-bit IE Desktop Icon in 64-bit Windows 7
NOTE: Use this option if you have 64-bit Windows 7 installed on your computer, and would like to have a 32-bit IE desktop icon.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
ADD_64-bit_W7_32-bit_IE_Desktop_Icon.reg

download
B) Go to step 5.
3. To Add 64-bit IE Desktop Icon in 64-bit Windows 7
NOTE: Use this option if you have 64-bit Windows 7 installed on your computer, and would like to have a 64-bit IE desktop icon.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
ADD_64-bit_W7_64-bit_IE_Desktop_Icon.reg

download
B) Go to step 5.
4. To Remove the IE Desktop Icon in 32- bit or 64-bit Windows 7
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_W7_IE_Desktop_Icon.reg

download
5. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

6. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

7. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

8. Right click on a emtpy area of your desktop and click on Refresh (F5) to apply.

9. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn






27 Jul 2011   #1
xxxmagic

Illinois
 
 

IE8 icon didn't appear in my Windows 7 after that. Any idea why ?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Magic, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have IE9 installed instead? If so, IE8 will no longer be available.

Did you use the correct 32-bit or 64-bit REG file download for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7?

If so, did you refresh the desktop?

If so, you might see if logging off and on, or restarting the computer may have it appear afterwards.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2011   #3
xxxmagic

Illinois
 
 

I have IE8 installed.
truth is: when I first ran the 64bit version (as my Windows 7) I saw the icon. but after I restarted the PC last night, the icon was gone, and I can't recreate it anymore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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27 Jul 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Magic,

I've added a bit more to the REG file below to include other locations that may be the cause of this for you. After downloading and merging it, log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply and hopefully add it back for you.

Did you do anything like change the default location of the Program Files folders?


Attached Files
File Type: reg modified-ADD_64-bit_W7_32-bit_IE_Desktop_Icon.reg (5.1 KB, 181 views)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2011   #5
xxxmagic

Illinois
 
 

didn't help also and, my program files are in default location.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hmm, ok. Could you right click on each of the HideDesktopIcons keys in the left pane of the registry (regedit.exe) at the locations below, click on Export, save to your desktop, and upload them here? I'll be happy to take a look at them to see if I may be able to spot what may be causing this for you.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons

I also updated the REG files in the tutorial to include these locations as well if you would like to download and try them again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2011   #7
xxxmagic

Illinois
 
 

sure. take a look


Attached Files
File Type: reg current.reg (1.3 KB, 132 views)
File Type: reg local.reg (1.9 KB, 116 views)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, it looks like you tried to add the IE icon previously using an older Vista method that's not compatible with Windows 7. The REG file below will remove these incompatible entries from the locations you posted above. After downloading and merging it, log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply and hopefully have the IE icon from this tutorial on your desktop.

Magic.reg


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2011   #9
xxxmagic

Illinois
 
 

Thanks for the reply man!
I applied that fix, but I still don't have an icon on the desktop
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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