Windows 10: Add or Remove OneDrive Desktop Icon in Windows 10  

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  1.    08 Apr 2016 #10

    I created the shortcut, and it does open my Personal OneDrive location.
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       08 Apr 2016 #11

    In that case, go ahead and export the registry keys below and upload them in a post here to see what may be wrong.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons
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  3.    08 Apr 2016 #12

    I'm attempting to attach the two registry keys

    CurrentUser_HideDesktopIcons.reg

    LocalMachine_HideDesktopIcons.reg

    Code:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons]
    
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}.default"=dword:00000000
    "{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}"=dword:00000001
    
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
    "{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}"=dword:00000001
    "{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001
    "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001
    "{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}"=dword:00000001
    "{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}"=dword:00000001
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001
    "{9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}"=dword:00000001
    "{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}"=dword:00000001
    "{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}"=dword:00000001
    Code:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons]
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu]
    "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001
    "{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}"=dword:00000001
    "{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}"=dword:00000001
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001
    "{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}"=dword:00000001
    "{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}"=dword:00000001
    "{031E4825-7B94-4DC3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}"=dword:00000001
    
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
    "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001
    "{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}"=dword:00000001
    "{031E4825-7B94-4DC3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}"=dword:00000001
    "{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}"=dword:00000001
    "{99CDDC6C-9688-4E32-AC9F-333B8B047D4F}"=dword:00000001
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Apr 2016 at 12:56. Reason: attached your uploaded files and merged
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       08 Apr 2016 #13

    I don't see anything wrong. The .reg file from step 2 was successfully merged, so you should have the OneDrive desktop icon after refreshing (F5) your desktop.

    If you like, see if the .reg file below may help. It'll also add the same entry to the HKLM key.

    Add_OneDrive_Desktop_Icon.reg
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  5.    08 Apr 2016 #14

    Brink, I had used the Remove_OneDrive snippet to attempt to remove them from the Desktop. I use OneDrive regularly and enjoy it, I was just hoping to not have the icon cluttering the Desktop. I would rather access it through File Explorer the same way I access non-OneDrive documents. If I understood correctly there was one snippet for adding an icon if it was missing, and one for removing. I used the latter without success.
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       08 Apr 2016 #15

    Ah, in that case it looks like the .reg file was not successfully merged and approved since the GUID is still in the registry.

    You might see if merging the .reg file from step 3 again may help. If not, then you can also manually delete the {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} DWORD in the registry key below.


    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
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  7.    08 Apr 2016 #16

    I've tried the following three registry changes in the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
    {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} = 0
    {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} = 1
    and deleted the {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} DWORD entry.

    I performed an F5 refresh after each attempt. I also tried the .reg file from Step 3 and verified it was changing the entry I changed manually (it did). If I am correctly interpreting those .reg files it looks like setting the value to 0 is for adding, and 1 for removing. It seems counter-intuitive, so I want to confirm. Regardless, setting the value at either 0 or 1 or deleting it entirely doesn't change the icon on the desktop.

    Sorry this isn't as straightforward as it should presumably be, and I appreciate your continued suggestions!
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       08 Apr 2016 #17

    Correct. Deleting it would be preferred though since it's not there by default.

    I'm really not sure why it's staying there if it's not in the registry and you refreshed the desktop or restarted afterwards.

    Does it work when you open it?
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  •    08 Apr 2016 #18

    Yes, the OneDrive folders both still work. I tried adding the DWORD back into the registry, refreshed the screen, quit both Onedrive sync clients, removed the DWORD entry again, refreshed the display, and restarted the machine. Still no luck.

    Do you know whether this registry edit has worked for anyone previously who uses both the personal and (new) business sync clients?
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       08 Apr 2016 #19

    Ok. Let's give the .reg file below a try if you like. It'll add the entry with 1 to all 4 registry locations. You'll need to restart after merging to apply.

    Remove_OneDrive_Desktop_Icon.reg
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