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10 Jan 2016   #11

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello PHilton, :)

Please export the keys below from your Registry Editor (regedit), then upload them here. I'll be happy to take a look at them to see if I may be able to spot the culprit for those icons, and post back with a .reg file to remove them.

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMe nu


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartM enu

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11 Jan 2016   #12

Win 7 32-bit Home Premium

Here are the four keys in the order listed:clean desktop / wallpaper-capture1.jpg

clean desktop / wallpaper-capture2.jpg

clean desktop / wallpaper-capture3.jpg

clean desktop / wallpaper-capture4.jpg

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11 Jan 2016   #13

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

The two DWORDS below are responsible for hiding or showing them. They are already set to 1 for hide, so they shouldn't be showing. See if merging the .reg file below to add them as hidden to the other locations may help.

You may need to either refresh (F5) the desktop or log out/in to fully apply.

{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} for Homegroup

{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5} for Libraries

Attached Files
File Type: reg Remove_HomeGroup_and_Libraries_Desktop_Icon.reg (2.9 KB, 2 views)
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11 Jan 2016   #14

Win 7 32-bit Home Premium

The icons are now hidden. Interestingly, they do not appear as options in "show/hide desktop icons" but I can easily reach them via Windows Explorer. Thank you very much for your help. There's no accounting for taste, is there?
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11 Jan 2016   #15

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome. :)

Yeah, those two are not one of the default desktop icons.
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