desk icon

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After installing software on my XP, no icon appears on the desktop. The
same install creates an icon on my 2k machine. What setting do I have to
change to get the icons?

Thanks.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Your Desktop Icons Are Missing in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;330170&Product=winxp

    Visit http://www.kellys-korner-xp.co­m/xp_tweaks.htm and scroll down to
    Item No. 195 (right column), click on "Restore Desktop Icons and
    Taskbar".

    Install this registry fix, then reboot your computer.

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP - Shell/User
    Microsoft Newsgroups

    Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    "Sanford Aranoff" wrote:

    | After installing software on my XP, no icon appears on the desktop. The
    | same install creates an icon on my 2k machine. What setting do I have to
    | change to get the icons?
    |
    | Thanks.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    My desktop icons are not missing! Just when I run an install it does not automatically put the
    icons on.

    "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

    > Your Desktop Icons Are Missing in Windows XP
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;330170&Product=winxp
    >
    > Visit http://www.kellys-korner-xp.co­m/xp_tweaks.htm and scroll down to
    > Item No. 195 (right column), click on "Restore Desktop Icons and
    > Taskbar".
    >
    > Install this registry fix, then reboot your computer.
    >
    > --
    > Carey Frisch
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP - Shell/User
    > Microsoft Newsgroups
    >
    > Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
    >
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > "Sanford Aranoff" wrote:
    >
    > | After installing software on my XP, no icon appears on the desktop. The
    > | same install creates an icon on my 2k machine. What setting do I have to
    > | change to get the icons?
    > |
    > | Thanks.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    After installation is complete, right-click on the Desktop
    and select: Arrange Icons By > Show Desktop Icons.

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows XP - Shell/User
    Microsoft Newsgroups

    Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    "Sanford Aranoff" wrote:

    | My desktop icons are not missing! Just when I run an install it does not automatically put the
    | icons on.
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message
    news:42CE7DEE.86A72B8@analysis-knowledge.com
    > My desktop icons are not missing! Just when I run an install it does
    > not automatically put the icons on.

    This is normal unless the program itself offers to create a desktop icon.

    --
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP, IE/OE
    Please respond in Newsgroup only. Do not send email
    http://www.fjsmjs.com
    Protect your PC
    http://www.microsoft.com./athome/security/protect/default.aspx
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  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    You do not understand my question.

    My icons are fine! The question is that when I run a new setup, the icon is not displayed, unless I
    find the program via Explorer, drag it to desktop, create a shortcut. I use my Win 2k machine to
    find the name of the application.

    Again, to install a program
    1. Run setup.
    2. Use Explorer to find the application.
    3. Drag the app to the desktop, Create Shortcut.

    On Win 2k, steps 2 and 3 are done automatically. Run setup. An icon appears on the desktop without
    my manually doing it.

    The question is how do I make installing programs on XP display the icon automatically?

    "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

    > After installation is complete, right-click on the Desktop
    > and select: Arrange Icons By > Show Desktop Icons.
    >
    > --
    > Carey Frisch
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows XP - Shell/User
    > Microsoft Newsgroups
    >
    > Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
    >
    > -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > "Sanford Aranoff" wrote:
    >
    > | My desktop icons are not missing! Just when I run an install it does not automatically put the
    > | icons on.
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Ask the person who wrote the program. This has nothing to do with XP.

    --
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    =================================================
    "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message news:42CE87F3.5402C4B@analysis-knowledge.com...
    > You do not understand my question.
    >
    > My icons are fine! The question is that when I run a new setup, the icon is not displayed, unless I
    > find the program via Explorer, drag it to desktop, create a shortcut. I use my Win 2k machine to
    > find the name of the application.
    >
    > Again, to install a program
    > 1. Run setup.
    > 2. Use Explorer to find the application.
    > 3. Drag the app to the desktop, Create Shortcut.
    >
    > On Win 2k, steps 2 and 3 are done automatically. Run setup. An icon appears on the desktop without
    > my manually doing it.
    >
    > The question is how do I make installing programs on XP display the icon automatically?
    >
    > "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:
    >
    >> After installation is complete, right-click on the Desktop
    >> and select: Arrange Icons By > Show Desktop Icons.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Carey Frisch
    >> Microsoft MVP
    >> Windows XP - Shell/User
    >> Microsoft Newsgroups
    >>
    >> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
    >>
    >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >>
    >> "Sanford Aranoff" wrote:
    >>
    >> | My desktop icons are not missing! Just when I run an install it does not automatically put the
    >> | icons on.
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    Every program that I install has this issue. When I install it on 2k, it is fine.

    David Candy wrote:

    > Ask the person who wrote the program. This has nothing to do with XP.
    >
    > --
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    > =================================================
    > "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message news:42CE87F3.5402C4B@analysis-knowledge.com...
    > > You do not understand my question.
    > >
    > > My icons are fine! The question is that when I run a new setup, the icon is not displayed, unless I
    > > find the program via Explorer, drag it to desktop, create a shortcut. I use my Win 2k machine to
    > > find the name of the application.
    > >
    > > Again, to install a program
    > > 1. Run setup.
    > > 2. Use Explorer to find the application.
    > > 3. Drag the app to the desktop, Create Shortcut.
    > >
    > > On Win 2k, steps 2 and 3 are done automatically. Run setup. An icon appears on the desktop without
    > > my manually doing it.
    > >
    > > The question is how do I make installing programs on XP display the icon automatically?
    > >
    > > "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:
    > >
    > >> After installation is complete, right-click on the Desktop
    > >> and select: Arrange Icons By > Show Desktop Icons.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Carey Frisch
    > >> Microsoft MVP
    > >> Windows XP - Shell/User
    > >> Microsoft Newsgroups
    > >>
    > >> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
    > >> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
    > >>
    > >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > >>
    > >> "Sanford Aranoff" wrote:
    > >>
    > >> | My desktop icons are not missing! Just when I run an install it does not automatically put the
    > >> | icons on.
    > >
    > >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    I found the problem with the icons, but I do not know the solution.

    In Documents and Settings, there is a folder for Administrator, All Users, Default User, Sandy, etc.
    I do not need so many users. I just want one user: Sandy. I want all icons and stuff to be in Sandy. This would have the
    additional benefit of having the icons alphabetically correct, instead of groups.

    I ran another install, and it put it into All Users.

    How do I straighten things out?

    I never received your file.

    Thanks.

    David Candy wrote:

    > ###################################################################################################
    > Panda Platinum Internet Security warning:
    >
    > The file Check IE Paths.vbs was potentially dangerous and has been moved to quarantine.
    > ###################################################################################################
    >
    > Run the attached file and tell me what it says.
    >
    > --
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    > =================================================
    > "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message news:42CE9304.CB507233@analysis-knowledge.com...
    > > Every program that I install has this issue. When I install it on 2k, it is fine.
    > >
    > > David Candy wrote:
    > >
    > >> Ask the person who wrote the program. This has nothing to do with XP.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > >> http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    > >> =================================================
    > >> "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message news:42CE87F3.5402C4B@analysis-knowledge.com...
    > >> > You do not understand my question.
    > >> >
    > >> > My icons are fine! The question is that when I run a new setup, the icon is not displayed, unless I
    > >> > find the program via Explorer, drag it to desktop, create a shortcut. I use my Win 2k machine to
    > >> > find the name of the application.
    > >> >
    > >> > Again, to install a program
    > >> > 1. Run setup.
    > >> > 2. Use Explorer to find the application.
    > >> > 3. Drag the app to the desktop, Create Shortcut.
    > >> >
    > >> > On Win 2k, steps 2 and 3 are done automatically. Run setup. An icon appears on the desktop without
    > >> > my manually doing it.
    > >> >
    > >> > The question is how do I make installing programs on XP display the icon automatically?
    > >> >
    > >> > "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> After installation is complete, right-click on the Desktop
    > >> >> and select: Arrange Icons By > Show Desktop Icons.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> --
    > >> >> Carey Frisch
    > >> >> Microsoft MVP
    > >> >> Windows XP - Shell/User
    > >> >> Microsoft Newsgroups
    > >> >>
    > >> >> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
    > >> >> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
    > >> >>
    > >> >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Sanford Aranoff" wrote:
    > >> >>
    > >> >> | My desktop icons are not missing! Just when I run an install it does not automatically put the
    > >> >> | icons on.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >
    > >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    I'm not going to help break your computer.

    --
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    =================================================
    "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message news:42CEA42D.FFADB4C1@analysis-knowledge.com...
    >I found the problem with the icons, but I do not know the solution.
    >
    > In Documents and Settings, there is a folder for Administrator, All Users, Default User, Sandy, etc.
    > I do not need so many users. I just want one user: Sandy. I want all icons and stuff to be in Sandy. This would have the
    > additional benefit of having the icons alphabetically correct, instead of groups.
    >
    > I ran another install, and it put it into All Users.
    >
    > How do I straighten things out?
    >
    > I never received your file.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > David Candy wrote:
    >
    >> ###################################################################################################
    >> Panda Platinum Internet Security warning:
    >>
    >> The file Check IE Paths.vbs was potentially dangerous and has been moved to quarantine.
    >> ###################################################################################################
    >>
    >> Run the attached file and tell me what it says.
    >>
    >> --
    >> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    >> =================================================
    >> "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message news:42CE9304.CB507233@analysis-knowledge.com...
    >> > Every program that I install has this issue. When I install it on 2k, it is fine.
    >> >
    >> > David Candy wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Ask the person who wrote the program. This has nothing to do with XP.
    >> >>
    >> >> --
    >> >> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> >> http://webdiary.smh.com.au/archives/_comment/001075.html
    >> >> =================================================
    >> >> "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message news:42CE87F3.5402C4B@analysis-knowledge.com...
    >> >> > You do not understand my question.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > My icons are fine! The question is that when I run a new setup, the icon is not displayed, unless I
    >> >> > find the program via Explorer, drag it to desktop, create a shortcut. I use my Win 2k machine to
    >> >> > find the name of the application.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Again, to install a program
    >> >> > 1. Run setup.
    >> >> > 2. Use Explorer to find the application.
    >> >> > 3. Drag the app to the desktop, Create Shortcut.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > On Win 2k, steps 2 and 3 are done automatically. Run setup. An icon appears on the desktop without
    >> >> > my manually doing it.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > The question is how do I make installing programs on XP display the icon automatically?
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:
    >> >> >
    >> >> >> After installation is complete, right-click on the Desktop
    >> >> >> and select: Arrange Icons By > Show Desktop Icons.
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> --
    >> >> >> Carey Frisch
    >> >> >> Microsoft MVP
    >> >> >> Windows XP - Shell/User
    >> >> >> Microsoft Newsgroups
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
    >> >> >> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> "Sanford Aranoff" wrote:
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> | My desktop icons are not missing! Just when I run an install it does not automatically put the
    >> >> >> | icons on.
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >
    >
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    David Candy wrote:

    > I'm not going to help break your computer.
    >
    > -
    > Let me understand. After I install an app, I have to move the shortcut from All Users to Sandy.

    Will this break the computer?

    Another question: Can I get rid of the gray shading in Explorer for file names?

    Thanks.
  11. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.newusers (More info?)

    My friend: Obviously there is a great deal that you do not understand about
    Windows XP. For example, the various user accounts exist for important
    reasons, and the gray shading of certain file names is by design.
    You need to invest much time in learning about XP before you start changing
    things.

    --
    Ted Zieglar
    "You can do it if you try."

    "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message
    news:42CEAE45.2E3E3CCF@analysis-knowledge.com...
    >
    >
    > David Candy wrote:
    >
    > > I'm not going to help break your computer.
    > >
    > > -
    > > Let me understand. After I install an app, I have to move the shortcut
    from All Users to Sandy.
    >
    > Will this break the computer?
    >
    > Another question: Can I get rid of the gray shading in Explorer for file
    names?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    >
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