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Desktop Icons - Enable or Disable Changing

How to Enable or Disable Changing Default Desktop Icons in Windows 7
Published by Brink
24 Apr 2010
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How to Enable or Disable Changing Default Desktop Icons in Windows 7

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This will allow you to add or remove the Change desktop icons link in Personalization to enable or disable all users on the computer from being able to open Desktop Icon Settings to change the default desktop icons.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

EXAMPLE: Desktop Icon Settings
NOTE: This is what the Change desktop icons link opens to.
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EXAMPLE: Change Desktop Icons Enabled or Disabled
NOTE: When disabled, the Change desktop icons link is removed.
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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Enable Changing Default Desktop Icons
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Enable_Changing_Desktop_Icons.reg
download
2. To Disable Changing Default Desktop Icons
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Disable_Changing_Desktop_Icons.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click the downloaded .reg file on the Desktop and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







OPTION TWO
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.
2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and Personalization. (see screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane, right click on Prevent changing desktop icons and click on Edit. (see screenshot above)

4. To Enable Changing Default Desktop Icons
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Changing Default Desktop Icons
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.
That's it,
Shawn






20 Jul 2012   #1
danNoCPD

Min XP Pro and Win 7 Pro
 
 

I have this set to enable but the user can still click on a short cut icon and hit the delete key and it will delete it off their desktop. Any way I can lock down the desktop so that the user cannot make ANY changes to it?

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20 Jul 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dan,

Sorry, but this only prevents users from being able to open and use the Desktop Icon Settings window. It will not lock the desktop and prevent users from using their user account's desktop as they like.

I'm not aware of anything will lock the desktop like that.
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20 Jul 2012   #3
danNoCPD

Min XP Pro and Win 7 Pro
 
 

OK Thank You.
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20 Jul 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome.
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24 Sep 2012   #5
Trcx

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Does this also prevent new icons from being added to the desktop?
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24 Sep 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Trcx,

This will only prevent access to the Desktop Icon Settings dialog window by removing it's Change desktop icons link in Personalization. Any current icons on the desktop can still be deleted to remove, and anything can still be manually added to the desktop.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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