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Restoring the Good Name of the My Computer Icon

Novell Cool Solutions: Tip
By Matt Lewis

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Posted: 13 Mar 2001

Current Version: ZENworks for Desktops 3

This tip may be of use to admins who work in a school or college and have the 'My Computer' Icon on the desktop. One thing we have found is that students like to change the name of the icon to something else which is normally offensive to other students and staff. There is a way to create a ZENworks Application to change the icon back to 'My Computer' or whatever you want.

These instuctions are for NT only, but the same instuctions apply for Win9x, except for the location in the registry.

In order to change the icon name all you have to do is create a blank application, then go to the registry settings and create the following key path:



Then create a default key on the end and set this to whatever you want to call the icon. Change the app parameters to make the app distribute always and make it hidden. The app can then be set to run when someone logs in thus overwriting the bad icon name.

If you have any questions you can e-mail Matt at

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Ron Fowler NEW

While this solution works, my question is why let the user change the name in the first place? We have been protecting My Computer, Network Neighborhood, Recycle Bin, and Internet Explorer desktop icons for quite sometime and we do it by only allowing read rights to those reg keys. When they attempt to change the name it simply snaps back to the original after they hit enter. Since our workstation images already contain the restriction we don't have to worry about this however for those that need the fix they can use regini from the NT Resource Kit and create the following .ini file:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {FBF23B42-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8} [1 8 17]

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} [1 8 17]

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} [1 8 17]

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} [1 8 17]

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\ {FBF23B42-E3F0-101B-8488-00AA003E56F8} [1 8 17]

The last item prevents the user from deleting Internet Explorer from the desktop.

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