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Windows 7: Desktop Icon appears for optical drive and usb drives

23 Dec 2010   #1
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 
Desktop Icon appears for optical drive and usb drives

I am a new user to windows 7 and have noticed that when I insert a cd/dvd or a usb thumb drive, an icon for it appears on the desktop and then dissapears once it is removed. I feel this is unnecessary as a window pops up allowing me to explore the drive. Is there a way to disable this feature?

Thank you.


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23 Dec 2010   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Magicant, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you right click on the desktop icon for the drive when it's displayed, are you able to click on Delete to remove it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Dec 2010   #3
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

Just tried but didn't work.

I insserted a USB thumb drive. When the icon appeared I deleted it. After removing the drive and reinserting it (in the same USB port) the icon reappears on the desktop again.

Is this normal behavior for Windows 7?
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23 Dec 2010   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Could you post a screenshot of your desktop when the drive icon is displayed just to make sure that something else may be causing it.
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23 Dec 2010   #5
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If you're referring to the Safely remove icon, yes it's normal.
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23 Dec 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

If it's not the Safely Remove icon, then could you also post a screenshot of these registry locations below showing everything displayed in the right pane of them like below. I'll look to see if you may have CLSID entry there for this icon that you can remove to stop it.

Code:
 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu
 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
 
 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu
 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
Desktop Icon appears for optical drive and usb drives-reg.jpg


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23 Dec 2010   #7
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

See the screenshot below. I inserted a CD and a thumbdrive. An icon for each appears on the desktop and remains until I remove them. This happens for any usb drive or cd I insert. An icon for that specific item temporarily appears on the desktop.


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23 Dec 2010   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ah, ok. Go ahead and post what I posted for in my post above. I'll look to see if I may be able to spot the CLSID keys there that may be responsible for them.
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23 Dec 2010   #9
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

Here is a screenshot of the registry entries.

Thanks.


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23 Dec 2010   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you.

Those two locations do not have the entries for them, but be sure to also post the registry screenshots from the HKEY_CURRENT_USER locations as well. They could be there as well.
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