Put Internet Explorer back on the Vista desktop

Microsoft keep being forced into how we are allowed to use Windows. With each new version of Windows and IE they’ve been removing IE from the desktop and making it harder to put it back.
I keep seeing the same thing all the time on users’ computers – they want IE on the desktop, can’t find out how to do it properly, and end up creating a shortcut to it. It does the job but they’ve lost the right-click functionality they had before
By properly of course I mean that like the Outlook icon (which they also took away – which I show how to fix here), you can right click on the Internet Explorer icon and get to your internet options easily.
Here’s how you get it back:-
Copy the following text into notepad, save it as a .reg file somewhere, right-click and import…

For all users on the computer:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsNewStartPanel]
“{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}”=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsClassicStartMenu]
{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}”=dword:00000000

For just the current user:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsNewStartPanel]
“{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}”=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerHideDesktopIconsClassicStartMenu]
“{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}”=dword:00000000

After you’ve done that, just refresh the desktop (click on it and press F5) and IE is back.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! Not having right-click functionality has been driving me nuts!