Adding desktop icons during deployment

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 April 2011 / Last Updated on 10 Feb. 2010]

How to add desktop icons such as Computer or Network to a target computer's desktop during deployment.

Using Control Panel a user can add desktop icons such as Computer or Network to the desktop of her computer. But how do you add such icons to a target computer's desktop during deployment using MDT 2010? To do this, simply add a task sequence step to your task sequence that runs a reg import command imports the following registry entries (.reg) file which you can name icons.reg if you like:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]  "{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}"=dword:00000000  "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000  "{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000  "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000000    

The four icons specified in the .reg file above are respectively as follows: User Account, Computer, Network, and Internet Explorer. If you don't want all of these to appear on the user's desktop, just remove the lines you don't need from the .reg file.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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