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 widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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