Why can’t I add IE icon to Windows 7 desktop?

Unlike Windows Vista, Windows 7 no longer supportsĀ  modifying the registry, to allow display of theĀ  special Internet Explorer icon on the Windows 7 desktop.

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Add IE icon to Windows 7 desktop

This change was apparently made to ensure that Internet Explorer 8 could be removed easily for compliance reasons.

So the only way to add the Internet Explorer icon to the desktop in Windows 7 is to create a shortcut as follows:

Open Start menu and locate the Internet Explorer icon. Drag it to your desktop.

Alternatively, open C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer and locate iexplore file. Right click on it > Send to > Desktop. This will create a shortcut on the desktop.

Windows Vista users can however add the special icon to their desktop. To do so simply download this registry fix and double click on it to add it to your registry.

Finally, refresh your desktop.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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