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Desktop icons in Windows 2012 R2.

Here you can find my grumblings about desktop icons in Windows 2008R2.
Guess what? In Windows 2012R2 nothing really changed. Oh, wait – because it is the new version of Windows – adding desktop icons (My Computer for example) in Windows 2012R2 is even more complicated than before.
Anyway, first, you’ll have to go into Server Manager and under Manage, choose Add Roles and Features.
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Then click Next on EVERY SCREEN until you get to the Features section, select Desktop Experience under User Interfaces and Infrastructure.
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Once added, you will have to aprove installing other features required by Desktop Experience.
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Then you need to reboot the server. That’s right! A reboot is required to add icons to your desktop.

Once you’ve rebooted the server, simply right-click on the Desktop and select Personalize. From here, you can add the desktop icons you desire as usual.

I’m speechless.

How to rebuild the icon cache in Windows systems.

If one or more of your icons are not displaying correctly, or that your icon cache is corrupted, then you might consider rebuilding the icon cache to reset and reload the icon images into the icon cache (the solution works on Windows 7 and Windows 8).

By the way – the icon cache is located at the hidden system folder location below:

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\IconCache.db

This solution will not help with any of the following icon issues:
1. A shortcut’s icon that is not displayed properly due to the source of the shortcut being moved or deleted. You may need to recreate a new shortcut directly from the source (ex: program’s exe) file to replace it instead.
2. All icons for a specific file extension display the wrong icon. This may be do to setting the wrong association for what program to open the file extension instead. You can restore the default file extension’s associations to fix this icon instead.

To manually rebuild the icon cache using the command prompt you have to:
1. Close and save anything that you are working on (the following commands will kill explorer and restart the computer when completed).
2. Open a command prompt in Windows 7 or Windows 8.
3. In the command prompt, copy and paste each command line below exactly as is one at a time and press enter after each command:

ie4uinit.exe -ClearIconCache
taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
DEL "%localappdata%\IconCache.db" /A
shutdown /r /f /t 00

4. After restarting the computer, the IconCache.db file has been rebuilt and all missing icons should display correctly.

Desktop icons in Windows 2008 R2.

Have you noticed that you cannot add the desktop icons (Computer, Network, etc.) to your Windows Server 2008 R2 desktop? Am I the only one who is annoyed by this? If not, here’s how to get them back.

First, you’ll have to go into Server Manager and access the Features section. In Features, you will select to add a feature and then select the Desktop Experience feature. Once added, you will have to reboot the server. That’s right! A reboot is required to add icons to your desktop.

Now this is really insane. Think about it. You can add your own icons for shortcuts on the desktop, but to get Computer and Network, you have to add the entire Desktop Experience feature. What a ridiculous decision Microsoft made here.

Now that I’ve expressed my suffering, we shall move on.

Once you’ve rebooted the server, simply right-click on the Desktop and select Personalize. From here, you can add the desktop icons you desire as usual.

That’s should be all.