Data type


Default value


0 | 1



Determines whether icons, shortcuts, and other default or user-defined items are removed from the desktop, including Briefcase,Recycle Bin,My Computer, and My Network Places.

This entry stores the setting of the Hide all icons on Desktop Group Policy. Group Policy adds this entry to the registry with a value of 1 when you enable the policy. If you disable the policy or set it to Not configured, Group Policy deletes this entry from the registry, and the system behaves as though the value is 0.



0 (or not in the registry)

The policy is disabled or not configured. Desktop items appear.


The policy is enabled. Desktop items do not appear.

Removing icons and shortcuts does not prevent the user from using another method to start the programs or from opening the items that the icons and shortcuts represent.

Change method

To change the value of this entry, use Group Policy. This entry corresponds to the Hide all icons on Desktop Group Policy (User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Desktop).

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For detailed information about particular Group Policy settings, see the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Group Policy Reference.

For general information about Group Policy, see Windows 2000 Server Help or Windows 2000 Professional Help.

To see a table associating policies with their corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Registry Table .