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Can't get rid of desktop icon

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by GuruJockStrap, 12 May 2006.

  1. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,710

    No idea how I done it but a while back I created a shortcut for Administrative Tools on the desktop.

    Having a bit of a Windows spring clean and want to get rid of it, only it won't let me.

    Right click doesn't give me the option to delete and dragging it to the Recycle Bin does work. Running the Desktop Clean Up can't get rid of it too.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. spirit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,885

    doc n settings\** username\desktop

    see if its in there?
     
  3. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,710

    Nope, not in there.
     
  4. Raumarik

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2003

    Posts: 13,772

    Not in all users\desktop is it? although to be honest it should still give you the option to delete it if your an admin and it is in all users.

    highlight and delete key doing nothing as well?

    if so, very unusual!
     
  5. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,710

    Not there also and delete key doing nothing also.
     
  6. hp7909

    Soldato

    Joined: 8 Jun 2003

    Posts: 5,016

    Tired doing it in Safe Mode?
     
  7. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,710

    Yup, still can't remove it.:(
     
  8. Raumarik

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2003

    Posts: 13,772

    Hmm if this was in general discussion I'm sure they'd be telling you to punch your PC in the ovaries or kill it with fire :p
     
  9. Raumarik

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2003

    Posts: 13,772

    is it being added to the desktop by a registry entry here? :

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

    You're looking for an entry like this:

    {D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}

    If so that's the little blighter :p

    dont go removing anything else as you'll end up with no recycle bin etc :D
     
  10. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,710

    I'll have a look. Just need to boot up my laptop.
     
  11. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,710

    That registry key is there but is it definitly for the Administrative Tools icon?

    Also, will it delete it from the control panel?
     
  12. GuruJockStrap

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,710

    You're a star! Finally got rid of the pesky thing.

    Thank you!
     
  13. Raumarik

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2003

    Posts: 13,772

    no probs mate sorry I couldn't confirm it was earlier in the middle of ghosting my PC :p
     
  14. Matt-Page

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 3,620

    Next time download (if you using it) Windows XP and use tweakui to remove any icons you like from your Desktop. Lots of tweaks and configs which are very useful