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Windows 7: Desktop Icons - Hide or Show


07 Feb 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Desktop Icons - Hide or Show

How to Hide or Show Desktop Icons in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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29 Jan 2010   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Zardoc,

The registry entry for only hiding the desktop icons is this instead to have the right click still work on the desktop. Have you tried it without the "NoDesktop" entry instead?

Hide:
Code:
 
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideIcons"=dword:00000001
Unhide:
Code:
 
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideIcons"=dword:00000000
(Log off and on to apply)

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29 Jan 2010   #11
Zardoc

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Hi Brink,

I tested this a better of late last night and this morning. Yes, I know the reg tweak for the right click desktop command to remove icons is the one you give and the one I posted in first of 2 tweaks. It's been like that since Win 95 I think?

Now the second command did not work like I expected. It took a few reboots to notice that it actually does the same thing as the Local Group Policy Editor to hide all desktop items. Basically it also disables right click context menu.

So what I thought might be the issue, is a conflict between user and machine. I applied a different reg tweak and I can say for sure after 10 reboots the issue has gone.

Here is the simple tweak. Paste in Note pad and save as HideDesktopIcons.reg


Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideIcons"=dword:00000001
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideIcons"=dword:00000001
Double click file. Reboot to apply.

It seems that this hack bugs when you log off. If you restart, it always works. I think this is the repro for the problem.


Even if this hack works, this still shows without a doubt that there is an issue with desktop icon settings.

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29 Jan 2010   #12
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Zardock. I have updated the tutorial for this.

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29 Jan 2010   #13
Zardoc

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Since there is a repro, I will post this issue in SP1 beta.

Thanks Brink.
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03 Feb 2010   #14
eeric

Windows 7
 
 
Thank you!

Just letting you guys know. I installed Windows 7 a few days ago (love it so far) and thanks to this Forum I not only got the Desktop looking the way I wanted, but system runs faster and so much smoother.

THANK YOU ALL

Ohhh.... GO SAINTS!

Eric
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03 Feb 2010   #15
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Eric from all of us, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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16 Feb 2010   #16
Flopo79

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

ieii (: awesome
i hate desktop icons x)
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18 Mar 2010   #17
l0w33ji

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Saving the theme doesn't work for me. The icons still show up after reboot and when connecting/disconnecting to power. I don't want to mess with my registry like option 2, are there any alternative solution for this?
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18 Mar 2010   #18
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello l0w33ji, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As a test, create a new administrator account to see if they work properly in it.
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19 Mar 2010   #19
l0w33ji

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Made new admin account, saved the theme, reboot 2x, they still show up.
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