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Remove Recycle Bin, My Computer, My Documents from Windows Desktop

No registry tweaks here! Just some quick and simple tips using the Group Policy Editor.
I'm not sure how many of you don't require My Computer, My Documents & the Recycle Bin icons on your desktop. If you don't, there are ways to get rid of all three of them, atleast from your desktop.
So let's get straight to the point.

[Update: As someone pointed out in the comments, I forgot to add that this tip works for XP Pro as XP Home doesn't have gpedit.msc. Sorry fo that]

How to get there?

1. Go to Start >> Run.
2. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
3. In the new window that appears, navigate to User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Desktop. A list appears to the right side of the pane.


Remove Recycle Bin icon
In the list that appears, double click Remove Recycle Bin icon from desktop. Select Enabled (image below) and click Ok. Refresh your Desktop to see the changes.
To do this, you require Windows XP Professional at least.


Remove My Computer icon
Double click Remove My Computer icon on desktop from the list. Select Enabled and click Ok. Refresh your Desktop to see the changes.
Again, you require Windows XP Professional at least.

Remove My Documents icon
Double click Remove My Documents icon on desktop. Select Enabled and click Ok. Refresh your Desktop for the changes.
To do this, you require Windows 2000 at least.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, April 05, 2007


2 Comments:

Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on April 7, 2007 at 7:36 AM  
You failed to mention that this tip works only if you have XP Pro as there is no gpedit with XP Home.
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on June 13, 2011 at 10:59 PM  
If using XP Home this will not work. Either use TweakUI or make the change manually in the registry.

Create or modify the following registry entry

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

REG_DWORD

0x00000001