Libraries Desktop Icon - Add or Remove

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  1. Posts : 72,112
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Try merging this .reg file and restarting the computer afterwards to see if helps. It includes restoring the default registry settings at LOCAL_MACHINE as well instead of just at CURRENT_USER.
    Libraries Desktop Icon - Add or Remove Attached Files
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  2. Posts : 4
    Windows Vista SP1 -> Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Build 7100

    Brinks thanks for your help with this, its much appreciated, but still no luck with it
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  3. Posts : 72,112
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Umm, ok. Are you doing this while logged in an adminsitrator account? Did you use this tutorial to add the icon to the desktop or from somewhere else that may be using another method?
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    Windows Vista SP1 -> Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Build 7100

    yea i'm administrator. And I haven't tried to add libraries elsewhere. Also could it be software from my previous windows vista that is causing this, as i used the upgrade option to install win7 build 7100 from vista.
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  5. Posts : 72,112
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    I'm not sure why Windows 7 is not allowing you to delete the icon. Using this turtorial, I'm not having any problems adding or removing it.

    You might see if doing a System Restore using a restore point dated before you added the icon. If it has been to long ago, then a Repair install may help instead.
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    Xp x64 - W7 x64 (build 7100)

    Hello, i have installed Windows 7 at work, and i wanted to delete this icon too.

    I tried this method on this forum without success

    I didn't find another thing but for me it appeared when i join the computer at the domain.

    Sorry for my english, im french :/

    Bye all
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  7. Posts : 72,112
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Hello Plop28, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    That would most likely be a setting that the domain administrator as added. He or she is the only one that can change or remove it then.

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    Xp x64 - W7 x64 (build 7100)

    I have only one GPO when a computer join the domain who (whitch maybe :) ) displaying the quick bar lunch :/
    Last edited by plop28; 30 Apr 2009 at 11:32.
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    I had the exact same problem as you and figured out - after several hours of fooling around - how to get rid of the icon. I upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7 and was unable to remove the "Libraries" desktop icon as well, even after following the tutorial provided here. I believe the answer lies in what type of start menu I had before upgrading. Instead of the contemporary start menu, I had the classic one. The tutorial and downloads provided here add a key to the new start menu - not the old - where I believe some of my settings still are.

    To get rid of the icon, you must edit the registry:

    1. Click "Start" and in the search bar type "regedit".
    2. Browse to the following folder: "[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMe nu]"
    3. Once there, click "Edit" then "New" then "DWORD (32-bit) Value".
    4. A new value will be created and copy and paste this as it's name: "{031E4825-7B94-4DC3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}"
    5. Double click on the value you just created and in the value data box, enter in "1".
    6. Close out of the Registry Editor.
    7. Right click on the desktop and click "Refresh" and the icon should disappear.
    Last edited by ilovetoberandom; 07 May 2009 at 20:56. Reason: Grammatical Error
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  10. Posts : 1
    Windows 7

    Still no Joy

    Hi, I have tried both the zip file registry editor and the manual registry editor mentioned above. Like the previous poster I had a classic start menu under Vista so I had high hopes. Unfortunately I am still stuck with the increasingly annoying icon I dont want. I hope MS fix this as I think having the desktop the way you want it is very important, if I dont want a libraries icon on it, why am I forced to have it!

    Jilly (vista upgrade to Windows7)

    Ok, I have just found the fix that worked for me on another forum, if you are still having no joy, try this one
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