How to enable desktop icons

March 25, 2010 at 22:19:28
Specs: Windows Vista sp2
Using a single computer, I have two user accounts and one administrative(built in). Don't know how to configure the administrator acct. to show the icon on its desktop after the login

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March 28, 2010 at 10:32:43
create another admin acc on your non admin acc

There is no spoon, I couldn't be bothered to upload one.

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March 28, 2010 at 12:52:36
The Desktop icons appeared after enabling and disabling the "show destop icons" of the context menu on desktop.

Refer to adding Authenticated and Interactive users to the USERS group. Check MS KB FOR detail.

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March 28, 2010 at 23:38:56
When you right-click the Desktop and choose Arrange Icons By sub-menu, these three options may be missing:

Show Desktop icons / Lock web items on the Desktop / Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard

This happens if the policy NoActiveDesktopChanges or NoActiveDesktop is enabled via the Group Policy Editor or via the Registry. Follow the steps given below to get back the missing options:

* Click Start, Run and type REGEDIT. Navigate to the following key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

* Double-click NoActiveDesktopChanges and set it to 0
* Double-click NoActiveDesktop and set it to 0 (if exists)
* Close Registry Editor and restart Windows.

To change the setting via Group Policy Editor for Windows XP Professional:

* Click Start/Run and type GPEDIT.MSC
* Navigate to this path:

User Configuration
=> Administrative Templates
==> Desktop
===> Active Desktop

* Double-click Prohibit Changes and set it to Not Configured
* Double-click Disable Active Desktop and set it to Not Configured

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