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2. The User Interface > 13. Remove “Nonremovable” Desktop Icons

Remove “Nonremovable” Desktop Icons

To create your own customized XP interface, you need to be able to remove certain desktop icons. A Registry hack lets you remove any you want, including those apparently protected by XP.

Creating the perfect, customized XP interface doesn’t mean just changing icons; it also means removing them. For example, many power users look down their noses at America Online, and yet, on many systems, that icon can’t be removed easily.

America Online isn’t the only icon protected in this way; many others are as well. Which desktop icons are protected on your system will depend on your exact version of XP (for example, SP-1) and the manufacturer of your PC. The Recycle Bin is protected on all versions, but the America Online icon is protected on some systems, and not on others.


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