My Computer Desktop Icon Restricted (Greyed) – Display Properties

Windows XP My Computer Desktop Icon checkbox located in the Desktop Items properties sheet which can be accessed by the Customized Desktop… button under the Display tab in Display Properties is restricted/disabled (greyed out). The most likely cause of this is malware utilizing Group Policy Objects which enforces policies for system settings and/or user account(s) settings. The Group Policy for Remove My Computer icon from the desktop will cause the My Computer Desktop Icon checkbox to be restricted/disabled (greyed out) in Display Properties when enabled.

Group Policies are typically applied at businesses to control access to programs, system properties, and user account settings. For Home users, My Computer Desktop Icon checkbox can be restricted/disabled (greyed out) by these Group Policies but usually malware is the culprit. If you are a home user and the My Computer Desktop Icon checkbox is restricted/disabled (greyed out) from the Display Properties and looks like the pictures below then there is a good chance you are infected with malware.

NOTE

Ensure your computer is malware free before applying the following solutions.

CAUTION

Before making any changes to the Windows XP Registry, please backup your Windows XP Registry using the direction from "Using ERUNT to back up the Windows XP Registry".

Manual Steps Using Group Policy Editor

NOTE

The Group Policy Editor requires Administrative privileges and is only available for Windows XP Professional Edition. Windows XP Home users can use the Windows XP Registry method to remove the Group Policy restriction.

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. In the Group Policy Editor navigate to:

    User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop

  5. Double-click Remove My Computer icon on the desktop.
  6. Select Not Configured.

NOTE

If the My Computer Desktop Icon checkbox is restricted/disabled (greyed out) on a per User account basis then the above method will not work, you will need to use the Registry Editor to remove the Group Policy.

Manual Steps Using Windows XP Registry

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type regedit.exe in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Navigate to:

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum

  5. Right-click {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} to select Modify.
  6. Change the value to 0.
  7. Navigate to:

    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum

  8. Right-click {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} to select Modify.
  9. Change the value to 0.
  10. Quit the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).

NOTE

You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Manual Steps Using REG ADD

  1. Open a Command Window.
  2. Type:

    REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum" /v {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} /t REG_DWORD /d 0

  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Type:

    REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum" /v {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} /t REG_DWORD /d 0

  5. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  6. Type EXIT and press ENTER on your keyboard.

NOTE

You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Automated Fix Using an Registration File

  1. Download MyCmptrDsktpIcn.Allow.reg to a folder on your hard drive.
  2. Right-click MyCmptrDsktpIcn.Allow.reg to select Merge.
  3. Now the registration entries are added for you.

NOTES

The MyCmptrDsktpIcn.Allow.reg file is from my web server (http://lprf.homeserver.com/).  You also can view the contents of the MyCmptrDsktpIcn.Allow.reg file by right-clicking the file and selecting Edit. You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Editions

Related Articles

Version: 2.1
Edited: May 6, 2012

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5 Responses to My Computer Desktop Icon Restricted (Greyed) – Display Properties

  1. DONNA SCHNEBLE says:

    I TRYED THE MANUAL STEPS USING WINDOWS XP REGISTRY BOTH VALUES ARE 0 AND I STILL DO NOT HAVE DESKTOP IN MY DISPLAY ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS?

  2. Raghav says:

    Hey, “Manual Steps Using Group Policy Editor”, really worked out, i did the gpedit, and updated the group policy, and it started working fine.
    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Raghav.S

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