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Is it possible to enable Tiles View for icons on the Windows 7 desktop?

You can get the same thing in Windows Explorer by going to a folder and selecting "Tiles" for the icon view option. The Windows 7 desktop is just another Explorer view isn't it? There must be a hidden registry key setting somewhere that lets me set the view mode of the desktop, but I can't find any articles online that describe it.

I used to be able to do this using D-Color XP on Windows XP, but that utility doesn't work on my Windows 7 64-bit system (contrary to what some blog articles mention).

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