Add Administrative Tools Icon to the Desktop in XP/2003
How can I add the Administrative Tools icon to the desktop in Windows XP/2003?
The administrative Tools folder is in fact a sub-folder of the Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuPrograms folder, but dragging it or moving it around your computer might cause it to stop functioning.
There are 2 methods of adding the Administrative Tools folder to the Quick Launch toolbar:
- One method is by dragging it from the Control Panel folder, and NOT from the Programs folder.
- The other method is by editing the registry.
Follow these steps to add the Administrative Tools icon to the Windows XP/2003 desktop by editing the registry:
- Open Registry Editor.
- In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
- Create the following key:
(just copy/paste, including the brackets)
Note: As always, before making changes to your registry you should always make sure you have a valid backup. In cases where you’re supposed to delete or modify keys or values from the registry it is possible to first export that key or value(s) to a .REG file before performing the changes.
- Close Registry Editor.
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