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Hide and disable all items on the desktop

Removes icons shortcuts and other default and user-defined items from the desktop including Briefcase Recycle Bin Computer and Network Locations. Removing icons and shortcuts does not prevent the user from using another method to start the programs or opening the items they represent. Also see “Items displayed in Places Bar” in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Common Open File Dialog to remove the Desktop icon from the Places Bar. This will help prevent users from saving data to the Desktop.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # NoDesktop

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Desktop

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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