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How to Set or Restore Windows XP Desktop Default Icons

When you install a fresh copy of XP, you will see the window desktop only with a recycle bin icon. Apart from Recycle Bin icon, there are other windows icons like My computer, My Documents, Internet Explorer, etc., which is available to be set as the desktop icons.
These are basic icons usually found on the desktop. Since most people prefer the desktop with windows default icons enabled. However, These icons are not enabled by default in windows and need to enable it manually.


To Set Windows Default Icons on the desktop

Step 1: Open Display properties, right-click on the desktop select Properties Or
press window key + r, Now in run command type desk.cpl and Enter.

Step 2: Now, Go to Desktop tab click on Customize and
select the icon you need to be there on the desktop.


Step 3: Now Click OK Button. Now Apply And OK. The selected icon will be visible on the desktop.

To restore Icons to Default

Any changes made to icon, can be restored it to default.

Step 1: Go to Display Properties –> Desktop Tab –> Customize Desktop.

Step 2: Now click on Restore Default button to restore icon back to windows default.

Restore windows xp icon

Step 3: Now Click OK Button. Now Apply And Ok And Icon will restore to Default.

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