Category: Vista Tweaks

How To: Restore the Internet Explorer icon in your desktop

Never use your computer when you are sleepy. Period.


I woke up this morning and I immediately saw my pc with some Internet Explorer windows open so I immediately sat down and tried to delete the cookies and form data from machine but instead of deleting the cache I accidentally deleted the IE icon in my desktop. Imagine how absolutely annoyed I felt at myself that time, so early in the morning. I’ve got top of the line hardware and I have what could be the world’s most seamless Internet speed in the form of O2 broadband, but somehow I got myself stuck in blackhole thanks to a minor mistake I made while half awake.


Anyway, I need to restore it and found this link that show you how you can do it.


Basically, all you need to do is run regedit.exe



Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer HideDesktopIcons NewStartPanel



and change the value of the key {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} to 0



And that should do the trick 😉


Note to self: Never use the computer when you are sleepy.