Originally posted By Helge Klein November 22, 2007 in Helge’s Tools
I recently had the requirement to refresh the Windows desktop after certain changes had been made to Explorer’s registry entries. This seems simple at first: klick on any item on the desktop and then press F5. It wasn’t, though. The registry changes would be made upon logon by a software installation agent. It was expected by the customer that the end user see the the effects of the change immediately without any user intervention. That sent me hunting for a solution on the internet. I came across many forum posts that showed that many others already had exactly the same requirement. Interestingly, none of the proposed solutions actually worked. Except for one, which I found at last.
What I Wanted to Change
As you may know Microsoft stripped the ability to enable display of an Internet Explorer icon on the desktop from Vista’s GUI. However, it is very simple to add an IE icon to the desktop with a simple registry change: