Show / Hide Desktop Items Windows 2008 R2 / Windows 7 by means of registry and Microsoft Group Policy Preferences

Update: Corrected the typos, images, registry keys.

Creating a new Citrix XenApp 6 / Windows Server 2008 R2 environment for a customer, stumbled on the problem that I still need to perform some registry tweaks to get the desktop icons to be shown or not. Seems that it is very hard for Microsoft to get this done in Group Policies. I usually save this kind of information in my archive, I thought it might be of use for a broader audience.

Here are the registry locations for hiding the Microsoft Windows Desktop Items:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]

“{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}”=dword:00000000      (<= Computer)
“{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}”=dword:00000000            (<= User Files)
“{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}”=dword:00000000   (<= Control Panel)
”{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}”=dword:00000000     (<= Network)
“{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}”=dword:00000001         (<= Recycle Bin)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]

“{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}”=dword:00000000      (<= Computer)
“{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}”=dword:00000000            (<= User Files)
“{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}”=dword:00000000   (<= Control Panel)
”{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}”=dword:00000000     (<= Network)
“{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}”=dword:00000001         (<= Recycle Bin)

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