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    Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Here's a wrinkle I haven't been able to solve. I have a folder for downloaded icons. When I change the four icons on my Desktop, they stay put until I turn off my computer. When I reboot, they change back to the default icons. I have tried many, many solutions. (1) Logged in as Administrator (2) Saved the icons as part of a theme, etc. Nothing seems to work. I spent almost an hour with Dell's Tech Support with the Tech Rep leaving the phone to confer with his cohorts, but they couldn't suggest a way to solve this either.

    Of course, this is not a serious problem. I have changed my icons previously when using Windows 98SE and Windows ME, using these same downloaded icons but Windows XP has me stumped!
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    What are these "icons" linked to?

    If they are to programs are they part of the "All users" group?

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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Well, I'm not sure. They are the icons on the Desktop of my User Account. I have different icons on the Desktop of two User Accounts and one Administrator account.
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    What I think you are saying is that the screen that you are seeing is the "Welcome screen" for one to select which account is to be used. If this is correct tell use how you are changing the Account images.

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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Barbara--

    What are those "four desktop icons" attached to and what are they for? Do you mean the four default desktop icons referred to in this KB? Are you trying to get them off your desktop and make them stay in a particular folder, and finding them back on the desktop when you reboot?

    3152723: How to Remove or Display Default Desktop Icons in Windows XP

    When you say "they are the icons on the desktop of My User Account. I have icons on the desktop of two user accounts and one administrator account" do these include the 4 default icons referenced above in the KB or something different? Those 4 default icons don't represent hard disk files; they are virtual objects, that is internal components of the Explorer.exe application. You can remove or reinstate them with the Desktop Items Window per the KB via Control Panel>Display>Desktop Tab>Customize Desktop. You can do this with TweakUI XP, and you can do this in the registry with corresponding keys except for the special case of Recycle Bin.

    If these stubborn icons are something else (I can't tell yet), installed by some app from MS or 3rd party, Tweak UI may help you if they are listed by unchecking items under Desktop or go to the Registry at (If you make a change export the key and set a restore point first):

    HKCU_SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicie sExplorer
    In the right pane go to the value name: NoSaveSettings is the DWord Value
    Value Data is 0=Disabled and 1=Enabled
    You want it set to 0 to Save Your settings and icons


    This should keep them in place after rebooting. Normally when Windows exits, it saves the desktop settings including icon location for rebooting.

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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Sorry. I wasn't very precise in my question. The icons I am referring to are the four icons: My Computer, My Documents, My Network and Recycle Bin. In my User Account, I wanted to change the look of these icons using icons that I downloaded some years ago.
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    I used the method you are referring t o in the KB article. I went to Properties, Desktop, Change Desktop and located the new icon I wanted for My Computer, etc. I saved the changes as My Favorite Theme. When I clicked OK, my Desktop looked the wanted I wanted.
    When I turn off my computer and restart, all the icons have reverted back to the default icons.
    I can locate My Favorite Theme, click on it and chage the look of the icons again, but why doesn't it stay in place when I shut down?
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Thanks! I'll give your suggestions a try and get back to you. I'm out of time at the moment but I'll do this this afternoon. I LOVE this Forum; it makes me feel that I am not alone in my struggle to co-exist with my computer.
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Tweak UI or the correct registry setting should force that to happen Barbara. You probably have that value set as "I" "NoSaveSettings" Enabled with a "1" at that value where you need to have a zero. For whatever reason, Microsoft often makes you re-enforce a negative statement in setting up services and sometimes registry values--i.e. they ask you "to enable not saving." I would suggest if you aren't comfortable in the registry, to simply download Microsoft's Tweak UI (many other Tweakers have the setting to make them stay as well) which will enable you to make settings with checkboxes from the gui. Here's the site to download TweakUI and the other Power Toys--only takes a minute.

    Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP: Tweak UI XP

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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 11-Jan-04 18:02. To replace Doc attachment with smaller gif image.)</P>I'm beginning to feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. I downloaded TweakUI. When opened, in the left-hand column, I found Desktop. I opened that and found a place to select one or more of the four default icons to be placed on my Desktop AND a place to select whether I wanted My Computer or My Documents to be the Number One Icon. Neither of those possibilities addressed my problem.

    I went into the Registry and negotiated my way to the Explorer folder and did not find NoSaveSettings in the right-hand column. I have attached a photo of my Registry.

    I decided to try changing the icons on the Desktop of my Administrator Account and noticed that when I selected the first icon image from my downloaded folder, I received a message telling me this was not a Microsoft image. This is probably my problem; HOWEVER, as I said initially, I have used these same images with Windows 98SE and Windows ME and never encountered the problem of losing my selected icon images when I shut down the computer.
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Hi Barbra,

    Try this.......... Right click on your desktop and select Properties from the drop-down menu. Click on the Desktop tab and then on the Customize Desktop button on the bottom left of the window. This will open the Desktop Items window where you can change the icons in question. Click on the icon you want to change, select change icon. This will open to the shell32.dll folder. Then browse to your icon storage folder and select your icon. OK your way out and this should make the changes stick. HTH.
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Thank you, but that is exactly how I started this whole mess. I made those changes and when I shut down my computer and restart, the icon images revert to the default icon images.
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    If you change the icon to another from the default location(s) offered first, does it remember those?

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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    Yes, It does. Guess Microsoft doesn't like my icons. Any suggestions how I can use my own downloaded icons?
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    Re: Default Desktop Icons (Windows XP SP1)

    If they are not there already, see what happens if you move 'your' icons into your Windows folder.

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