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Missing "My Computer" and Other Desktop Items

Created: 21 May 2008 • Updated: 21 May 2008 • 2 comments
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Wouldn't you be a bit frustrated if your My Computer icon disappeared? Well, that can happen.

In capturing a PC transplant Personality from a Windows 2000 client computer and restoring that personality to the newly imaged XP computer, upon inspection, it was found that the My Computer icon, and other commonly found shortcuts were also missing, such as My Documents, etc.

The nasty culprit here is the checkbox in the template creation that allows Active desktop settings to be captured. For some reason, when going between Windows 2000 and Windows XP, this causes that to happen.

Alas, simply unchecking the Active Desktop Settings capture item, and re-running the personality capture, gets the personality correctly assembled. Then the restores work just fine!

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This could also be due to another program or application messing the registry keys associated with the explorer.exe policies.
If the solution in the article above doesn't work, I would recommend the following:

  1. Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\ Explorer.
  3. Double-click the NoDesktop value (if its not there, select Edit -> New -> DWORD Value, and type "NoDesktop" for its name).
  4. Enter 0 for the value, and click Ok. (Just delete the value entirely to undo this.)
  5. Click on the desktop, and press F5 to refresh the desktop so that this change will take effect.



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Thanks for the additional information - That could also prove useful!

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