No Brink, none of that (at least that I have seen)
OK I've tried a fix and it works.
Brink, if you want to modify your tutorial on desktop icons and add (force hide of desktop icons)
One thing that doesn't work (well not like one would want) is to use the Local Group Policy Editor. If you go to user configuration/Administrative Tasks/Desktop and enable ''Hide and disable all items on desktop'' it will keep icons hidden (won't affect Gadgets) but you will loose right click menu on desktop. So that's a no go.
Here is the fix based on 2 different registry commands. One exits (the one that will change the reg key when you right click on desktop and disable desktop icons) and the other you may need to create (it's the one that Aem talks about above to unlock double screen saver but gives the same result for hiding icons also). One won't work without the other.
Here is the simple way. First hide desktop icons (as shown in basic tutorial)
Open Notepad and paste this command and save as HideDesktopIcons.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Double click to activate. Log off and back on. Should be fine.