Add the Internet Explorer icon back to your Windows 7 desktop

In previous versions of Windows putting the ‘special’ Internet Explorer icon (not a shortcut) back to your desktop was as simple as importing a 5 line registry file. This doesn’t work any more because Microsoft is forced to offer a complete de-install of IE by the European Union.

A registry ‘hack’ has been developed by Microsoft MVP Ramesh Srinivasan to conquer this annoyance =)

Copy below text to a .reg text file. Import the .reg file and refresh your desktop to get the IE icon back.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}]
@=”Internet Explorer”
“InfoTip”=”@C:\\Windows\\System32\\ieframe.dll,-881″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\DefaultIcon]
@=”C:\\Windows\\System32\\ieframe.dll,-190″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\InProcServer32]
@=”C:\\Windows\\System32\\ieframe.dll”
“ThreadingModel”=”Apartment”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell]
@=”OpenHomePage”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\NoAddOns]
@=”Start Without Add-ons”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\NoAddOns\Command]
@=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe\” -extoff”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\OpenHomePage]
@=”Open &Home Page”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\OpenHomePage\Command]
@=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe\””

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\Properties]
@=”P&roperties”
“Position”=”bottom”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\Properties\command]
@=”control.exe inetcpl.cpl”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\Shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ieframe]
@=”{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\Shellex\MayChangeDefaultMenu]
@=””

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\ShellFolder]
@=”C:\\Windows\\System32\\ieframe.dll,-190″
“HideAsDeletePerUser”=””
“Attributes”=dword:00000024
“HideFolderVerbs”=””
“WantsParseDisplayName”=””
“HideOnDesktopPerUser”=””

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}]

If you run a x64 version of Windows and you want to use the 32-bit IE, use this text:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}]
@=”Internet Explorer”
“InfoTip”=”@C:\\Windows\\System32\\ieframe.dll,-881″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\DefaultIcon]
@=”C:\\Windows\\System32\\ieframe.dll,-190″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\InProcServer32]
@=”C:\\Windows\\System32\\ieframe.dll”
“ThreadingModel”=”Apartment”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell]
@=”OpenHomePage”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\NoAddOns]
@=”Start Without Add-ons”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\NoAddOns\Command]
@=”\”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe\” -extoff”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\OpenHomePage]
@=”Open &Home Page”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\OpenHomePage\Command]
@=”\”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe\””

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\Properties]
@=”P&roperties”
“Position”=”bottom”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\shell\Properties\command]
@=”control.exe inetcpl.cpl”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\Shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ieframe]
@=”{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\Shellex\MayChangeDefaultMenu]
@=””

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}\ShellFolder]
@=”C:\\Windows\\System32\\ieframe.dll,-190″
“HideAsDeletePerUser”=””
“Attributes”=dword:00000024
“HideFolderVerbs”=””
“WantsParseDisplayName”=””
“HideOnDesktopPerUser”=””

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30301D}]

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