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Windows 7: Icons on desktop which shouldn't be there

09 Jul 2011   #1
lukair

7 32bit
 
 
Icons on desktop which shouldn't be there

I looked for this on the web, but still can't get this fixed.

I have a desktop which has only recycle bin and my computer as system icons. Then I created(as I always do in all windows systems) a desktop shortcut which is a simple folder shortcut. The problem is that in this folder, there are icons that shouldn't be there, as they ain't on the desktop. Namely, my profile folder and control panel shortcut.

Here is a screenshot


When I save a file from the internet, the situation is similar, although there is just 1 unwanted icon. I did try to fix something in register by removing keys in the
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
as I found in the internet, but it still seems like it works in random. Even if I delete all the keys there, some icons remain.

Anybody knows how to get rid of those icons? It drives me nuts.


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09 Jul 2011   #2
Fynl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I dunno how to get rid of them, but I think they're suppose to be there. I have them in my desktop folder, too, even though they're not on the desktop itself.
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09 Jul 2011   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven forums Lukair.
Your example appears normal. My desktop folder had items which do not appear either. I advise you not to try to delete them, they are harmless and needed by Windows to operate.
If you don't want to see them, right click the offenders|properties and apply the Hidden attribute.
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09 Jul 2011   #4
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I dont have any icons showing on my desktop and the users\desktop folder is always empty, however the desktop link in the navigation bar always opens with 6 items (recycle bin/user folder/computer/libraries/control panel/network)I think (hope) this is just the default behaviour of the link\desktop folder.Although occasionally ive noticed shortcuts in the links\desktop folder that arnt in the users\desktop folder.Not sure why.

Danny
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09 Jul 2011   #5
lukair

7 32bit
 
 

Thanks guys for replies. I appriciate that you take time to respond.

Now I don't want to sound ungratefull, and don't take it the wrong way, but often on the web it can be seen, that whenever somebody doesn't know how to fix some problem, questions arise like "why do you want this", "what's wrong with it that you want to change" and so on

Again, don't take it the wrong way, but if I did post this message I DO want to change it :P, I didn't create a thread to debate about it

Going back to the issue at hand...


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Welcome to Seven forums Lukair.
If you don't want to see them, right click the offenders|properties and apply the Hidden attribute.
I can't do that, because those icons seem untypical. I don't have a "properties" option on them, when I click RMB.

If I could make them "dissapear" it would be fine as well. I just don't want them there as I never, ever use it.

ps. Thanks Britton for a warm welcome.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
I dont have any icons showing on my desktop and the users\desktop folder is always empty, however the desktop link in the navigation bar always opens with 6 items (recycle bin/user folder/computer/libraries/control panel/network)I think (hope) this is just the default behaviour of the link\desktop folder.Although occasionally ive noticed shortcuts in the links\desktop folder that arnt in the users\desktop folder.Not sure why.

Danny
Yep, same here. If I go to my folder on C:\, and then to desktop, those icons are not there. What's better, the "My computer" and "Bin" icons are gone too, which is just perfect. However, when I do a shortcut to the same folder, no matter where I put it(it can be even on C:\), somehow the icons I shouldn't see, are shown there.
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09 Jul 2011   #6
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hi Lukair

Just right click c\username\desktop folder and send a shortcut of your desktop folder to your desktop.If that makes any sense at all lol.That way the only folder that should be in your shortcut will be desktop shortcut obviously but this folder can then be hidden which will give you the empty folder I think your trying to achieve.

Danny
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09 Jul 2011   #7
lukair

7 32bit
 
 

Thanks for your reply danny.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
Hi Lukair

Just right click c\username\desktop folder and send a shortcut of your desktop folder to your desktop.If that makes any sense at all lol.That way the only folder that should be in your shortcut will be desktop shotcut[...]
Why it should be the only shortcut there?

Sorry danny, but I'm finding it hard to follow :/
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09 Jul 2011   #8
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

No worries its awkward to explain to but ill try.
If you create a shortcut to your desktop on your desktop when you open your shortcut you will have a desktop shortcut in there as the shortcut is on your desktop.Its easier to understand if you do it yourself.Just create the shortcut on your desktop and open it you will see what I mean.

Danny
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09 Jul 2011   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Lukair, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check using the tutorial below to make sure that the boxes for these icons are unchecked in the Desktop Icon Settings window, or use the REG files in OPTION TWO to try and remove the desktop icons that you do not want.

Desktop Icons - Add or Remove



Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Jul 2011   #10
lukair

7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
No worries its awkward to explain to but ill try.
If you create a shortcut to your desktop on your desktop when you open your shortcut you will have a desktop shortcut in there as the shortcut is on your desktop.Its easier to understand if you do it yourself.Just create the shortcut on your desktop and open it you will see what I mean.

Danny
Let me try to follow you. You want me to create a shortcut to C:\...\profile\desktop and then put this very shortcut on the windows desktop?

If so, how this will fix the issue? If I do that, my screenshot will look the same as in the first post, just with the addition of a desktop shortcut


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Lukair, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check using the tutorial below to make sure that the boxes for these icons are unchecked in the Desktop Icon Settings window, or use the REG files in OPTION TWO to try and remove the desktop icons that you do not want.

Desktop Icons - Add or Remove



Hope this helps,
Shawn
That's the first thing I checked Brink. I also tried to check all the icons, and then remove them afterwards.

The thing is... it does work, but when we talk about the windows desktop. Whichever icons there are set in personalized menu, then I will have those icons on the windows desktop. But still, those settings seems that have no bearing, if I do a shortcut to the desktop FOLDER.
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