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Is there an easy way to automatically remove (or move) unused desktop icons (shorcuts) in Windows 7/8?

I often find people I'm helping have a bazillion unused shortcuts (icons) on their Windows Desktop. There isn't a good simple software program (that works on Windows Vista, 7, 8) that will do this ...
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.desktop file supported on which operating systems?

On which operating systems can we use the .desktop file from unix / linux? Is there a list of operating systems which support and use it? Do they all use he same syntax, settings and properties or ...
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Can I boot Windows straight to my homepage instead of the desktop?

I pretty much put Windows 7 in hibernate at the end of the day. What I would like know is can I change computer from going to desktop and instead go straight to my homepage.
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Changing desktop folder

I know that this question is replied thousand times but, I change Desktop folder of my Windows XP by Regedit, from HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders I ...
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Disappearing Taskbar & System Tray along with Black Rectangle on the Desktop?

On about three occasions, I have left my PC (Windows 7, 64 bit), only to return after half an hour to discover, that the taskbar & system tray at the bottom of the desktop has disappeared, ...
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Remote Desktop stopped working

I am running Windows Vista Business SP2 on my main PC connected to router by a cable and my wireless laptop runs Windows 7 Ultimate SP1. I installed additional Microsoft Office components and now ...
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Where is the “Experience” Tab on Remote Desktop Connection for Mac

I am working on an EC2 instance through RDC (Server 2008 R2 SP1). In many places, I hear the "Experience Tab" referred to. Here's my question: Where is the Experience tab or the equivalent thereof in ...
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Windows 8 desktop refreshes every 30secs

Desktop blanks every 30 secs or so for a second (icons and wallpaper) except for any active windows. Windows update had stopped working and I ran the windows troubleshooter to fix the problem. It did ...
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Using Windows 7 with Dual Monitors to access Headless PC via Remote Desktop

I work remotely and access a computer in my office. That computer is headless and I use cisco vpn and RDC to access it. (Both machines are running windows 7 pro) At home I have 3 monitors and when I ...
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Brightness on monitor

My Dell all-in-one seems to have a mind of it's own. The brightness pop-up comes on the screen and sets to zero, without me touching it. I have ran the diagnostic and it says my monitor is fine. But ...
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How to show/hide the My Computer icon on the desktop via the command line?

How I can show or hide the Computer (My Computer) icon on the desktop from CMD?
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Issues with desktop icons on windows

I am using Windows Server 2012. I know it's a windows server and visual appearance isn't that important but I use the desktop a lot and some windows effects such as the drop shadow makes locating ...
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Make system tray apps start up before going to the desktop

I have a couple of apps that start up and appear in the system tray. The one I'm really interested in is Steam. What I've found is that if I turn on the PC and login, but don't go to the desktop, ...
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Desktop icons larger than 128px

I'm wondering if there's a way to break the limit of 128px for desktop icons in OSX Lion 10.7 (I have 10.7.5) by hacking some system files?
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Desktop Icon's cannot be moved & Scrolling in excel does not work

I have a domain user running Windows 7 Pro and he is having an issue where his icons on his desktop get stuck and cannot be moved (Auto Arrange is unchecked). What's even more weird is when he is ...
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Windows 7 missing icons and taskbar

We are running Windows 7 on a notebook. After logging in with one account (it has Admin rights), empty desktop appears, with no icons and no taskbar. I can change desktop properties (e.g. Themes), I ...
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Entire Desktop Deleted

I have a question, and I am sorry if I don't perfectly articulate it and have any sort of propriety in doing so--I am frantic, right now! In my "downloads" folder, I had a desktop icon that I didn't ...
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Windows 7 tool to create desktops under different user account [closed]

At the moment I am looking for a tool that could be described as a cross-over between Desktops and NetExec. I'm convinced actual power users here will have fond memories of NetExec when it was still ...
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No more icons on the Windows 7 Desktop

I'm visiting my father-in-law, and he asked me to solve a problem he has with his Windows 7. Since 1 or 2 weeks, all the icons that were present on his desktop disappeared (even the trash, or computer ...
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Add a VPN shortcut to the desktop in Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create shortcut to dial VPN connection in Windows 8 I'm new here, so if I misplaced this question please don't bite :) I'm trying to add a shortcut to a VPN connection ...
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Remove the rectangle around desktop icon when selected

Is there a way to remove the rectangle around desktop icons, whithin the aero theme? Take a look at this icon. You can see the box around the icon when it's highlighted: Now, take a look at the ...
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How can I run an .app as a desktop background/fake it?

I'm using OSX 10.8.2 and I've been playing around with desktop background .plist files trying to run an app (specifically launchpad.app) on the desktop (replacing the usual background image) - it's ...
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Icons are broken

I have a problem after installing a program to remove the arrows on the desktop icons. Instead of removing the arrows, all my icons do not appear properly. It is like half is showing. It is hard to ...
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How can I make taskbar and title bar un-transparent when maximize a window in Windows 7?

This way, I can be more concentrated on the window, not be disturbed by those transparency stuff in taskbar and title bar. Yes I know I can disable window transparency but this is not what I want. In ...
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Change the default icon allignment of windows desktop

When a file is created or moved or anything inside the desktop dir, the default alignment is from left-top to down: What I want to do is to assign a different default alignment, for example from ...
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How to remove program shortcuts on the desktop in window in Windows 7

I have a bunch of "Shortcut" icons on my Windows desktop folder which don't appear as .lnk files in the powershell view of C:/users/ME/Desktop nor in fact do they show up at all. They do show up in ...
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Is there a way to configure Windows 8 start screen to return to a running desktop App rather than launching a new one when I click a tile?

I find myself going back to the home screen naturally rather than going for the ALT TAB. Then if I click the desktop app shortcut tile it takes me back to the desktop and launches a new ...
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How to lock one specific icon to a location on your desktop?

I have one shortcut icon to a register that a update on a very regular basis that sits on my desktop in win7. I want to lock that icon so i know exactly where it is every time I flick to my desktop to ...
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Typing Break in Xubuntu 12.04

I installed Ubuntu 12.04, and loathe the new interface so much I've switched to Xubuntu with sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop. Very happy with that so far. But the typing break I always used to ...
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Why won't Win 8 Remote Desktop Connection connect to a workstation within a Win Server 2008 domain [closed]

We have Win 8 (not Win 8 Pro) laptops that will connect to our Win Server 2008 machine via the domain name (xxx.domain.com), an allowed user name and PW. But we cannot figure out how to get to any of ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen Shortcuts for Desktop Apps

I am facing an issue regarding Windows 8 shortcuts. My app is not getting pinned for all users for the installed desktop apps. If a user is installing that desktop app, then the shortcut of the app ...
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How could I find out the path to the current desktop image, for Windows 8

Having recently upgraded to Windows 8, my script to retrieve the current desktop wallpaper image has broken. For Windows 7, How could I find out the path to the current desktop image?, this works ...
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Metro UI - multiple snapped view on one monitor, desktop on the other one

I tried Googling that but I didn't get anything so now I post it here. How I can get multiple snapped view (multi-app) on my second monitor while running my Desktop app on the primary one? It would ...
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How do I get the Windows 8 Desktop to stop refreshing itself while I'm working?

I have an Asus touchscreen laptop with Windows 8, not RT. The best way that I can describe the problem is: when I am working on something in the desktop, the desktop/screen refreshes itself. It ...
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GUI Apps without a graphical desktop

This may be a stupid question - But is it possible to run GUI apps (Firefox for example) on a computer where I don't have a graphical desktop installed (like GNOME, Xfce)?
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Windows 7 resizes desktop when I switch of a monitor

I have a workstation with two monitors and the desktop extended over them. I have a lot of applications open (generally maximized), and I have a personal preference which application is on which ...
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Is it possible to put Tiles on the windows 8 desktop?

I like the new tiles in the Windows 8 modern UI. Is there any way to put the live updating tiles on the start screen onto the desktop?
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Streaming the Desktop with VLC on Win7 x64

I'm using VLC 1.1.0 and Win7 x64 to Stream my Desktop to another Computer. At The moment I'm using this code to start VLC on the Server: vlc screen:// :screen-fps=30 :screen-caching=100 --sout ...
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How can I set my desktop background folder to a shortcut?

I have a shortcut in my Pictures folder that points to a folder in my Dropbox containing my desktop backgrounds. I would like for my desktop backgrounds to cycle through images in this folder. But ...
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What kind of JVM support is there for Modern UI apps?

Obviously, the JRE and Java applications and applets still work on the Desktop version of Windows 8. But is there a way to develop a Modern UI application in Java, or another JVM based language such ...
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Completely disable desktop in Windows 8

I am pondering whether to use Windows 8 as a first OS for completely non-computer-literate (as in, never used a computer) users. I think it might actually work well, except I think the desktop would ...
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Change HDD icon in Windows 7

How can I change the icon of one of my HDDs in Windows 7, not using the autorun.inf trick? I'm trying to speed up my laptop for every day use as much as possible so I mapped my desktop to a RamDisk. ...
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How do applications differ when they are run from the Start screen?

In Windows 8, when you open an application, say, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, it looks strangely different than when you open the same application from the new Start screen. For example, Google ...
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Multiple Desktops in Windows 8 [closed]

Does Windows 8 have a multiple desktop facility like in Linux systems (Fedora, Ubuntu, Opensolaris etc)?
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How do I rotate Windows 8 screen?

Most mobile devices like tablets or smartphones have an orientation sensor that signals the OS to rotate itself when the device is rotated. But having installed Windows 8 on a desktop (or virtual ...
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Load ModernUI but also preload desktop on background

Login Windows load modern UI Only when I click on the "Desktop" tile shortcut that my desktop is really loaded, it take a few seconds to open everything (like rainmeter and other things) How can I ...
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Bigger icon just for one of the shortcuts on the desktop

On Windows 7 professional, I want a bigger icon just for one of the shortcuts on the desktop (only one program shortcut should have large icon, rest of the shortcut icons should be of the ...
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Can I configure Windows 8 to just use the Desktop and remove Metro as an option [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I turn off Modern UI in Windows 8? One of the single most annoying things for me is the Metro interface. Can I remove it entirely and still have a usable ...
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Desktop preview on start screen tile

Is it possible to display a preview of the desktop on the desktop tile, like you get when switching to it?
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Display webpage on desktop background (WinXP)

I want to display a website on the desktop background imitating the functionality of Active Desktop (I decided against using it because it is really limited). Here's what I'm looking for: It should ...