Restoring Internet Explorer 4 Icon with Active Desktop Installed

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
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This article describes how to restore a missing Internet Explorer 4 desktop icon with the Active Desktop Update component installed.

For information about restoring the Internet Explorer desktop icon when the Active Desktop Update component is not installed, see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
155943 Internet Explorer Icon Missing from Windows NT 4.0 Desktop
151723 How to Re-create Default Icons Deleted from Desktop

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Using Control Panel

  1. Click Start, point to Setting, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. In the list of installed programs, click Internet Explorer 4.0, and then click Add/Remove.
  4. Click "Remove the Windows Desktop Update," and then click OK.
  5. When you are prompted to restart your computer, do so.
  6. Repeat steps 1-3.
  7. Click "Add the Windows Desktop Update," and then click OK.
  8. When you are prompted to restart your computer, do so.

Using Registry Editor

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).

  1. Use Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) to locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}\ ShellFolder
  2. Modify the data value for the Attributes value from 1000022 to 22. The entry type should remain hexadecimal.
  3. Save the change and quit Registry Editor.
  4. Restart your computer.


Article ID: 198567 - Last Review: June 22, 2014 - Revision: 6.0
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