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How to restore the Outlook 2002 icon to your desktop

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
If the Outlook icon has been removed from your desktop, you can restore it by editing the Windows registry.
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To restore the Outlook icon to your desktop, remove the registry value that prevents the Windows Installer from re-installing the Outlook icon. To do this:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate the registry value to delete:

    1. On Windows 98, find the registry value DesktopShortcutAsIs under the following key:
    2. On Windows 2000, find the registry value W2kDesktopShortcutAsIs under the following key:
  4. Click the value, and then press DELETE.
  5. On the Registry menu, click Exit.
  6. Click Start, point to Run, and type:
    <drive:>\setup.exe ADDLOCAL="OUTLOOKNonBootFiles"
    (where <drive:> is the letter of your CD-ROM drive or network share path)
  7. Click OK.
The Windows Installer runs and installs the Outlook icon after Outlook starts. The Windows Installer may prompt you for your installation CD-ROM if the Office/Outlook CD is not in the drive.
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Article ID: 281085 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 22:59:41 - Revision: 1.2

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