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    Add Administrative Tools Icon to the Desktop in XP/2003

    Posted on by Daniel Petri in Windows Server 2003 with 1 Comment

    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:

    1. Open Registry Editor.
    2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:

    1. 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.

    1. Close Registry Editor.

    There is no need to reboot. Just wait a few seconds and see how the icon appears:


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