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Show Computer icon on Desktop

Windows 2008R2 gives the user a clean desktop, so the computer icon is nowhere to find and since now all users now the keyboard shortcut ( WINkey+e ) … let’s put the icon back on the desktop.

Make a change to the Registry by using a GPO

We have to change 2 registry keys.

  • One for Classic mode
  • One for Aero mode

Open your RDS Server User Policy and expand the following folders:

User Configuration, Preferences, Windows Settings, Registry

I would suggest you put both keys into Collection item.

Right click and choos New, Collection item
Rename the Collection item folder name to: Show Computer Icon

Right click within the Show Computer Icon folder and choose New, Registry Item

Key Path: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu
Value name:
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value Data (hex): 00000000

Key Path: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu
Value name:
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value Data (hex): 00000000

The Show Computer Icon will look like this:

RDS 2008R2 - Show Computer Icon

More tips and tricks can be found on my Remote Desktop services 2008R2 page.

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