Windows Media Player Shortcut Is Added to the Desktop After You Run Sysprep

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SYMPTOMS
When you run Sysprep on your Windows XP computer, a shortcut to Windows Media Player is created on your desktop.
CAUSE
This behavior is by design. In the version of Sysprep that is included in Windows XP before Service Pack 1 (SP1), Sysprep deletes all desktop icons except for the Recycle Bin. In the version of Sysprep that is included in Windows XP SP1, Sysprep leaves desktop icons that are shortcuts to Microsoft Internet Explorer, to The Microsoft Network (MSN), and to Microsoft Windows Media Player.
WORKAROUND
To work around this behavior, use an Unattend.txt file during setup to remove access to these items. For additional information about Sysprep and answer files, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
314460 System Preparation Tool and Answer File Usage
328326 HOW TO: Use the Set Program Access and Defaults Feature in Windows XP Service Pack 1
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Article ID: 820936 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 02:46:13 - Revision: 1.3

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