Fix Double click IE desktop icon creates shortcut

Remove the bad IE icon from desktop, either delete or right click desktop -> Properties->Desktop->customize desktop-> uncheck Internet Explorer

Go to http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/ie_fix.reg – Restore IE Desktop Shortcut Icon Functions

Download that.

Open registry, go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}

Delete that key {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} + all sub keys

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}

Delete that key {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} + all sub keys

Merge that registry script into registry.

Last, right click desktop -> Properties->Desktop->customize desktop-> check Internet Explorer hit ok, and ok

Should be all set

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Posted on February 25, 2010, in Web Dev and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. worked well!

  2. Anyone that has upgraded to IE 7 or higher will need to modify the fourth entry in the linked registry file; otherwise, the desktop icon will revert back to the old IE 6 icon. Modified entry as follows:

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}\DefaultIcon]
    @=”C:\\Program Files\\Internet Explorer\\iexplore.exe,-32528″

    Of course, this tip is specifically for Windows XP; your mileage may vary significantly on any other version.

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