Solved Need to get Launch IE8 icon on XP desktop (not shortcut)

Gigabyte / M61pme-s2p
August 25, 2013 at 04:51:54
Specs: Windows XP, 2.712 GHz / 2047 MB
My pc got infected by qvo6 virus so whenever I opened Chrome or IE I used to get qvo6 search site as the home page. I Googled on how to get rid of it & managed to remove it from Chrome & IE but in the process I lost the IE desktop icon (Launch Internet Explorer). I know how to add a desktop shortcut for IE but this icon was not the shortcut icon but the default IE icon.

Please help me on how I can get this fixed. I use IE 8 on Windows XP.


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#1
August 25, 2013 at 08:59:37
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Open My Computer, C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer, and COPY iexplore.exe, then paste it into a blank spot on your Desktop. Although sending a shortcut as opposed to copying the file to the Desktop should work fine.

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#2
August 25, 2013 at 16:44:24
Dan

That's a new one on me. "Doubting Thomas" here had to try it and, sure, it worked fine. It must magically link to all the other necessary files when you run it.
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#3
August 25, 2013 at 16:48:58
Hi Derek,
I'm surprised you'd doubt me. ;>)

We old timers/DOS users go back a long way.....

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#4
August 25, 2013 at 17:26:09
My bad habit - I'd probably doubt the nose on my face if I didn't see it in the mirror LOL.

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#5
August 26, 2013 at 02:09:50
Hi Dan,

I checked C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer & noticed that there is an Internet Explorer icon named "iexplore". Should I copy this on my desktop? Also should I rename it to "Launch Internet Explorer" or leave it as it is?

Thanks.


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#6
August 26, 2013 at 08:34:26
As copying iexplore.exe to the desktop is NOT a shortcut I would think it needs to remain as it is on the desktop, ie iexplore.exe. However, if you rename it and then doesn't work you can always rename it back again.

As Dan says, it is odd that you can't simply make a shortcut to iexplore.exe and put that on the desktop. You can rename a "shortcut" to anything you like.

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#7
August 26, 2013 at 11:31:56
Right-clicking on the Start menu, selecting "properties", and setting Classic Start menu will put the default Internet Explorer icon on your desktop, along with My Computer and Network Places..

This default icon is different because it is not a shortcut. It will let you change all Internet Explorer setting simply by right-clicking on it and selecting "properties", just like in Windows 95, NT, 98, ME, and 2000. A simple shortcut doesn't give you access to those settings.

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#8
August 26, 2013 at 12:30:26
So many ways LOL. In my opinion #7 (sdfox 7) is the most elegant.

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#9
August 27, 2013 at 02:22:21
Thanks for all the help. #6 answers my query.

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#10
August 27, 2013 at 11:25:46
You're taking a simple task & making it difficult. I don't know why you feel you need to go directly to the source, but all you need to do is go to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer, right click on iexplore.exe, go down to Send to & click Desktop (create shortcut). You can then rename the desktop shortcut to anything you like.

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#11
August 27, 2013 at 12:56:59
Re #10
"I don't know why you feel you need to go directly to the source"
What post are you referring to? I don't really understand your point because your own response goes directly to source too (iexplore.exe).

There are many ways and none are particularly difficult. Response #7 does restore the "official" icon with right click options (as described in that post).

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